Remember I talked about Fish-Lamb-Skyr, being the vast majority of locally produced food, you can imagine the source of all that fish, and sheep are everywhere. They dot every field, dots being not so photogenic. So here come some taking a mosey down the Gravel Road in the Mountain.
Which gives us a chance to talk about Icelandic wool. What makes it so special is that it’s so water repellent.
From icewear.is: “The wool of Icelandic sheep is unique in that it contains two different types of hair that serve as a natural barrier from wet and cold weather. The outer layer is composed of coarse, long hair known in Icelandic as tog. The tough and fleecy tog is a water-resistant layer. Underneath the tog, there is a layer of short hair, known in Icelandic as þel. The softer þel layer keeps the sheep snug and warm even in the worst of weather conditions. If any moisture escapes through the water-resistant tog layer, the þel is able to keep the animal warm even when wet. These dual layers, when combined in knitted clothing, provide the same kind of protection for the human body, even in rain or snow.”
I’ve seen that design of poles in many places and now I finally see what they’re for, flags. Here’s the entrance to another fancy hot bath.
Now we have to cross over another mountain (Fjarðarheiði mountain pass) to reach Seyðisfjörður [ˈseiːðɪsˌfjœrðʏr̥] described by Lonely Planet as a delightful and bohemian place so I thought ok, good, bohemian, I wonder what that will be like.
Now it’s time for more Mountains and Gravel Roads. And this time man did I get cranky because…
…because it wasn’t just the Mountains, or just the Gravel Roads, it was the construction (the rain isn’t even worth mentioning!).