Snaefellsjokull and Stykkisholmur
Yesterday we took our day off and headed up to the Snaefellsnes peninsula. It was pretty kickass. We fit in a lot, visiting a few museums and touring around the peninsula. Saw some seals and tried the fermented shark, which was probably my one goal for Iceland. We tried to go up to see the Snaefellsjokull glacier, but alas, our little red Corolla wasn’t up to the steep dirt roads and we didn’t want to get stuck in the middle of nowhere.
In Stykkisholmur, where we spent Wednesday night, there was this awesome church up on the hill. We stopped by when we first got there and since it was closed, we decided to come back during the morning to check it out.
I visited dozens of European churches when I studied abroad and Icelandic ones are so different. The inside was very graphic and modern. Behind the altar was a very beautiful but definitely untraditional painting of Mary holding the baby Jesus and the place was lit by these two windows on either side of the altar and all of these hanging lightbulbs that were all on different lengths of pieces of wire. So simple and beautiful.