July 2, 2014
We woke up this morning to pouring rain and very grey skies. Today
we were scheduled to take a whale watching trip out of the fjord
Five of the group, including Fred and I, decided not to go on the
trip as you sit outside in an open boat for three hours. The whale
watching company does provide full coveralls but it still didn't
sound like fun to us. Instead we walked around town and visited
a small museum with historical photos and items from the 1930's.
One room was dedicated to a man who was raised in Dalvik who was
8'8" tall. He left Dalvik for a while, joined the circus in
Norway and the US, and also starred in some Hollywood movies. The
museum had some of his clothing, such as his huge shoes, and specially
made bicycle and chair. Everyone who went on the boa trip said they
enjoyed it but they only saw 2 humpback whales from a distance and
we have had plenty of other sightings on past trips. As
the boat was pulling in, the sun came out, the rain stopped and
we could see the beautiful scenery along the fjord. We then enjoyed
a barbecue of the fish they caught on their trip.
then travelled to the end of the fjord to the small fishing village
of Siglufjordur. This town is Iceland's northernmost town and was
the capital of the North Atlantic's herring industry. During the
20's-50's, this was a major industry in Iceland and herring was
considered Iceland's Gold Rush. People flocked to Siglufjordur for
work fishing and processing herring. We
toured the Herring Era Museum and were amazed at what was involved.
Millions of tons of herring were handled by workers in an assembly
line fashion, cutting off heads and putting them in salt barrels
for shipment all over the world. By the mid 50's, the herring had
been fished out and the town went through hard times. Their economy
is now coming back fishing for shrimp.
Tonight we were on our own so we wandered around Akureyri and had
nice Itallian dinner in town.
To view more photos from our trip to Siglufjordur, please go to
Siglufjordur Photo Gallery.
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