We left Osár around 10:00 after a breakfast of oatmeal, muesli, and bananas. We headed to Blönduós and started our tunnel trips across to Sauðárkrókur. From there, we started our tour of the Tröllaskagi peninsula heading north to the town of Siglufjörður.
Siglufjörður was once a very important fishing town with 10,000 people particularly in the hey day of herring fishing. Herrings are migratory and are no longer found in as much abundance in northern iceland and therefore a lot of fisheries have closed and Siglufjörður continues to recover from the economic decline. Herring had been an important source of fish oil (which was used for many things including lamp oil and animal fodder) and fish meal. The waterside Herring Era Museum will give you lots of insight of what life used to be like in this fishing town.
We then had a lovely lunch at the local bakaria (bakery) and headed to Akureyri. Akureyri is considered, although no officially, Iceland’s northern capital. After two days of hardly seeing anyone on the road, the quiet hustle and bustle of this northern city was a welcome change. We walked around downtown and had dinner at Akureyri Fish which consisted of fresh cod fish and chips and fish soup. Yum! We then headed to to meet our gracious couch surfing host and shared a lovely dinner with his other guests from Germany and Singapore.
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