Thursday, June 8, 2023

Seydisfjordur, Iceland

Welcome to Seydisfjordur!

Seydisfjordur, Iceland

I wasn't sure how welcoming I was going to be after the middle of the night coughing fit I couldn't stop. The positive side of it? Catching the sunrise. 

Time stamp 2:16 AM

It was late (guess early since the sun was already up?) before I finally got settled back in and calmed down so I turned off my alarm and decided to sleep in. Even when I did wake up, I stayed in bed not sure of what I was going to do. Take the easy way out and stay onboard and do laundry or drag myself out of bed and take the big, bad world head on? After multiple conversations talking myself in and out of both choices, I opted to put on my big girl pants and plow forward.

I'm sure glad I did. 

Challenge number one was tendering. While I've taken tenders in ports here, there, and everywhere, not all ships are the same. Couldn't have been easier here on the Island Princess. Grab a tender ticket in the Wheelhouse Bar and take the elevator down to deck 4 midship. There is where they have a second little plexiglass-enclosed lift for wheelchairs. Hold the floor button to go down and press the deck 4 button to go back up when you get back. Gotta hold it continuously or you'll stop midway. Oops.
controls to elevator platform on the Island Princess
On my way back up after a great day ashore
Getting off the tender shoreside, it's several steps to get down to the pier level. Then it's another step up and a bit of a steep walk to the top but handrails on both sides help. Shore personnel already had my scooter up at the top waiting for me.
ramp at cruise tender port in Seydisfjordur, Iceland
Here's where I found what Scooter dislikes as much as rain and hills. Gravel.

I found driving on the grass worked better, but there was a big chunk where there was no grass and the only way Scooter would go was if I pulled him. Talk about a workout. Once a little ways outside the port the walkways and roads were paved. Sometimes smooth, sometimes bumpy, but nothing we couldn't handle.

Taking a right outside the port area gets you to the blue ferry building. 
outside of ferry building in Seydisfjordur, Iceland
There is a nice little seating area, ferry check-in, car rental, and a little gift shop/information booth. The car rentals were closed up when I was in the building so it may have been mostly for the ferry passengers.
inside of ferry building in Seydisfjordur, Icelandcar rental counter at Seydisfjordur, Iceland ferry building
ferry leaving Seydisfjordur, Iceland
Off goes the ferry
Continuing that direction, I ran into several signs of interest. I couldn't get Scooter down there but they seemed to capture peoples attentions.
Continuing around to the right you find you can make a loop all the way around the town.
If you had gone straight out of the port area instead you would have run into a waterfall. 
waterfall in Seydisfjordur, Iceland
Difficult to understand the scale but it was a big one

The town is very small and easily walkable. Scooter wasn't happy with some of the rougher pavement but it didn't stop him from allowing me to take all the pictures I wanted.

Of flowers.
Artwork on buildings.
artwork on buildings in Seydisfjordur, Iceland
The rainbow street and blue church.
rainbow street and church in Seydisfjordur, Iceland
Even of someone's pet.
And then there were the landscapes. Just stunning.
landscape view of Seydisfjordur, Iceland
landscape view of Seydisfjordur, Iceland
Even Scooter got in the action and had a lovely view on the tender ride back.
Once back onboard I tucked myself out of the wind,
Flags for you, Ed
found a spot up top, and took off my jacket and basked in the sunlight yet again.
Once it clouded up it was my signal to get the laundry done. Since my husband took over laundry duties years ago, I had forgotten how cut-throat cruise ship passengers can be when crammed in a small room waiting for the timers to go to zero. Oh, my. 

We have two sea days before we are in Falmouth/Cornwall, England. I have no plans there so far, but we'll see what I can come up with. Or not.
One more waterfall down the fjord

Time zone changes so far: 7 with another tonight