Iceland: Day 6 – Horseback Riding and Gourmet Food

Ah, day six.  Nat and I slept in till 9:30.  Went to the all you can eat breakfast at the hotel and then literally went back to bed.  We checked out at 12.  Such a relaxing and good morning, we had.  Then, we researched some places to go to and were introduced to Fridheimer Farm.   This is a huge greenhouse that farms tomatoes (and herbs).  They also farm honey, so they have about 700 bees in the farm area at all times.  It was about an hour away but worth the drive.  Arriving, we thought we could get a table to eat, but all tables were reserved.  So instead, we ‘took out’ tomato soup and bread for 1000 ikr.  The tomato soup was incredible.  I wanted more, but it was a little pricey for my liking.  In their shop, I picked up a chicken and a lamb rub for souvenirs because they smelled so good.  They are made with their grown herbs in their greenhouse.

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img_0178We headed over to ride horses at Horse Riding Tours.  We got lost and was late, but thankfully one of the trainers (not a guide) actually stayed back to wait for us.  We were so grateful because we really wanted to ride these majestic beasts.  How do Icelandic horses differ from those in Canada?  They can survive winter outside.  They also are groomed so that they have long manes and also have some hair at their feet like they’re wearing boots.  They’re adorable and beautiful at the same time.  I’ve rode a horse before, but I was still freaked out.  We rode through a beautiful farming area and a small pond as well.  We were surprised to know that we passed the Icelandic Prime Minister’s house and his horses as we arrived back at the farm.  I would highly recommend this tour.  Marcus, our tour guide (normally not a tour guide) was so patient with our lack of horse riding experience and was very knowledgeable.  This cost around 8000 ikr.  Tipping is not a custom in Europe (in this case Iceland), but we still did because it was so nice that he waited for us and still took us out)

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After the ride, we rushed to Almar bakari, where they make rye bread with geothermal steam.  They were closing, but we managed to pick up some lunch and some souvenirs.

We headed back to Reykjavik to check into our new Air bnb place before dinner.  On the way to dinner, we stopped in at Hallgrimskirkja.  It was very simply decorated inside with a huge focus on their organ.  Then, we headed to Grill Market for dinner.  Prepare to lay some dough here!  My dinner ended up being $120 CAD.  I had a glass of wine, an appetizer and a main.  I wanted to try something new so I had some sliders: Puffin (Iceland’s infamous penguin-like animals) meat, whale steak, and langoustine.  The puffin and the whale steak was very much like beef.  For my main I had cod that was matched perfectly with the apple sauce and lobster salad on top.  It was worth the money, but also hurt my wallet a little.  But you gotta live.

img_20160925_214706Afterwards, we retreated home for a few drinks and bed time.  Day Seven.

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