Whale watching! occupied our minds since the start of the day. We had to reach Husavik from Myvatn before 3 pm, i.e. where our whale watching adventure was due to set off from. Hence, wasting no further time other than the morning freshening up and breakfast we headed off straight to Husavik.(Our mornings there usually started at 12pm, not going by the sun since there was practically no time the sun used to fully set but by our own timings since we used to sleep not before 3am).Husavik - a small town of Iceland, where the houses were exceptionally decorated; had made way to our list for the epic adventure we were to witness, Whale Watching!North Sailing is the cruise group we had chosen to take us to this hour long adventure mid sea to witness the whales as studied in geography and GK books before. Well here we were so lucky that we witnessed a sleeping whale that too real close, so much so our boat would have been rendered like Titanic had it decided to act agitated. An hour long mid sea venture rendered us famished, and we hopped into our first this trip, a fine dining restaurant that went by the name Gamli Bakur.The restaurant offers great Icelandic delicacies. I am talking Icelandic sea food here, brilliance it was that went into our stomach.
The beauty of our campsite on the shores of Lake Myvtn was so amazing that we had decided to keep our camp at the same place and keep it as a base to visit places nearby. We started with a medium distance drive to the whale watching capital of Iceland, Husavik. Husavik is a small fishing town along the North Atlantic coast. Although it was very cold, rainy and windy we decided to go for the whale watching trip and the whales sure did not disappoint. We spotted atleast 4 whales and a lot of other avian fauna like puffins. This was also the day we had our first taste of the local Icelandic cuisine and for a person like me who loves fish, it was a delight. From Husavik we made our way to another famous waterfall Detifoss and then we went to a place named Námaskarð which did not seem earth like. It was filled with hot mud pools, solfataras, fumaroles. The name of the area was Hverir Geothermal area. After such an interesting day we were back at our beautiful campsite. Here is where we met the old camp caretaker who took us to a different world thru his stories. He told us about the Huldufolk, the hidden people of Iceland. He told us about trolls, elves and fairies who supposedly come out in the month of August when the long night begins to set in. Stories like these sent a chill down my spine even though I am a staunch non believer in ghosts. That surely was a night to remember as after hearing these stories we walked to a beautiful small church by a graveyard at 3:30 AM.
5. Coastal Towns: After roaming the vast empty expanses of the countryside it feels good to be back among people and towns like Husavik, Akyereri and Hellnar are perfect for understanding the Icelandic way of life and tasting the local cuisine. These pretty little fishing towns are famous for activities such as whale watching. In fact Husavik in North Iceland is considered as the whale watching capital.