Asbyrgi Canyon, Húsavik, the best ice cream in the world, and Icelandic fish soup – Iceland Road Trip Day 4

A slightly more relaxed day but boy was it still cold! We headed out from Akureyri this morning and dropped off a fellow couch surfer at Godafoss as he tries to continue hitchhiking around Iceland. The we drove through Húsavik and onto Asbyrgi Canyon.

 

We saw some of the ”tallest trees” in Iceland, we don’t know if they’re really the tallest trees in Iceland but it was a big deal, as per the museum notes, that they were 8m tall. The weather is so harsh in Icleand that it is rare for trees to grow that tall. We had a lovely little walk but since it was cold and wet, we decided to head back to Húsavik. Also, the roads running through the Canyon onwards to Dettifoss were still closed due to snow.

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After Asbyrgi Canyon, we had lunch at Naustið and had a really delicious tomato based fish soup and skewers of Cusk (from the cod family). It was such a lovely little restaurant which made the fish all the tastier. We also visited the whale museum in Húsavik. The most interested thing I learn was that Norway and Japan were the only two countries who fought back restricting whaling to scientific purposes and are therefore the only 2 who are not restricted by the moratorium imposed by the international whaling commision (IWC).

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Back in Akureyri, after a quick trip to Bónus (our go to supermarket chain as we found it to be the more affordable) and the botanical garden (can’t believe the flowers are alive in this weather!), Our couch surfing host wasn’t home when we got back so we had a, the famous Icelandic hotdog, with all the toppings (onions, fried onions, mustard, remoulade, ketchup) downtown. Then we went to Brynja which serves light and delicious milk based soft serve. It’s not my favourite ice cream store. It was so good it didn’t matter that I was eating ice cream from a cone outside in 5 degree weather. Brynja is also located near many historical houses so it was a lovely walk through the neighbourhood.

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When we got back to our couch surfing hose, two more German guests has arrived and fish soup was already cooking on the stove. We added our contribution of pasta carbonara with zucchini and the meal was set! Great soup and great meal with lovely people.

Here are the ingredients to the delicious Icelandic fish soup our host so graciously shared with us:

  • 1 tomato
  • Half to 1 yellow onion
  • Potatoes
  • 1 stick of celery
  • 5 garlic cloves
  • A few capers
  • Tbsp fish sauce
  • Two cubes fish stock
  • Fish bones
  • Bay leaves
  • Some curry
  • 1 red chili pepper
  • 1 red pepper
  • Fresh fish (salmon and cod)

Let me know if you end up trying it! I have yet to myself.

Can’t get enough of Iceland, check out my other posts here:

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