This morning the group on the whale-watching excursion departed at 9 am, and headed to Husavik, which is an area globally recognized as one of the best locations in the world to spot whales. The most likely whales seen in this area are Humpbacks, Minke and Blue whales. Our group saw them surfacing and diving and described the site as breathtaking, and unforgettable. Because the temperatures get so cold while on the water, the students were given coveralls that were insulated to protect them against the cold.
After the whale watchers came back, our bus driver offered to take us to see the Christmas house, which is about a 10-minute drive from the hostel. The Christmas house is open all year around and looks like it came from straight from a book of fairy tales. Topped with giant sized candy canes and faux frosting, this little red house is filled with Christmas magic, with countless decorations from around the world. There is also an exhibition of traditional Icelandic Christmas goods, handcrafted locally. It was definitely a sight to see.
After the Christmas House, we ate a delicious lasagna dinner at our hostel. The students have been working so hard and wanted a night of fun. So we found the local swimming pool which was about a 10 minute walk from our hostel, and did as the Icelandic people do… swim in the summer evenings. Swimming pools are common in Iceland, they are heated, have slides and are very cheap to visit. We plan to visit more in Reykjavik as well. Most students signed in well before curfew today since they needed some time to get prepared and organized for our departure tomorrow morning. Room checks were a breeze as always. Time for some rest and relaxation! Tomorrow we have our last long transfer, likely around 7 hours.
Wish us luck!
We will touch base soon!