Last night I stayed in Hali, which is a seaside “town” framed by the fjords on the opposite side where three farms are joined together. The owners of these farms are all related to each other and they have been farming this area for generations. Each of the three farms has their specialty (cows, sheep, and trout) that is brought together in order to provide the meals at the restaurant.
|The museum/restaurant/check-in for the guest houses dedicated to the works of Thorbergur Thordarson|
|The trout farm is warmed by geothermal means. The large tanks seen outside the building house the fish that are almost ready for the dinner plate. The smaller fish are housed in tanks inside the building.|
|Such a stately looking bird - maybe they were trying |
to ignore all of us with our cameras.
Unfortunately, about an hour into the trip, I realized that I may be late for my glacier hike due to the speed of travel of the group around the grounds combined with our late departure. After asking the guide about the trip to Skaftafell and knowing he was a guide of such hikes, he phoned the company and set me up for a later hike. Phew…now I could just enjoy this trip without worry of being late to the next trip – and I got to see the puffins!
|The guide fending off a skua with his hand up high. The skua swoop in to attack anyone getting too near to their nests. He suggested this technique of a raised hand or stick since they will attack this highest point (instead of your head).|
The puffins nest on this cliff out along the ocean along with gulls and skua (a large agressive bird). The puffins tend to head to sea when the weather warms up and stay out there all day until it cools down. Puffins are good at fishing and they can swim a ways underwater in search of a smallish fish they eat.
|Baby skua in its ground nest, which is why the parents were so angry with us - they thought we were looking for a snack.|