The main summer season in Iceland begins soon and we’ve already seen an increase in travellers coming to stay at the farm we're working on. Our role involves checking in guests, cleaning the rooms and making breakfast – last night we added to our skill set by learning to bake bread.
We now realise that learning the information for the cave tours was easy, Víðgelmir is really exciting and we managed to absorb all the information about it without too much trouble. We’ve both guided tours on our own now and Louise is at the top of the leader board with the first tip of the season, 500 Icelandic krona. Rob´s only tip so far is to invest in some speedos, more about that later...
Learning how to pronounce words in Icelandic however, is not so easy. Rob´s having a lot of fun making sounds with his R´s, instead of his arse for a change! Being Scottish is helping Louise a little as she can already roll her R´s, but we´re both making a lot of mess as we try to make noises through our noses…
We need to be able to pronounce the names of all our cottages, so have started by practicing the hardest two, Hóll and Höll. They may look the same, but they sound completely different and we keep mixing them up. One has an o as in open and the other has a u as in burn, both sound like tl at the end with a strange noise made by trapping your tongue at the top of your mouth and blowing air out of the side – have a try!
It doesn’t really get dark here, so we’ve been making the most of the light nights by going for walks and exploring more of Iceland.
One night, we took the farm dog Prestur on a walk to the top of the hill we live on, and were really lucky to see an arctic fox. Prestur was even more excited than us, and set off into the distance to see if the fox wanted to play. It was a moment of great relief when we saw him bounding back towards us, we would definitely be fired if we lost Prestur!
Rob has been straining at the leash as well. Snow capped peaks surround our house and with his insatiable desire to get to the top of every hill it’s amazing he’s not run off into the distance too.
We’ve also been going on some adventures with Halldór and Chavo. Our favourite place so far is a secret, closely guarded by the locals, so we can’t say too much about it… But it does involve a 41ºC hot tub on the side of a mountain. It turns out that shorts aren´t ideal hot tub wear. It wasn't clear if the bubbles surrounding Rob were, as he claimed, air trapped in his rather snazzy TK Max shorts or if he was actually creating his own jacuzzi. Either way, it was recommended Rob invest in a tighter pair, to both put everyone's mind at rest and speed up the drying process - leaving the hot tub is quite a refreshing experience to say the least!
We´re not sure if it can get much better than that… But have started to plan our first days off. Ideas include snorkeling between the continental plates and cycling to see Geysers and waterfalls. Hopefully the camera will enjoy seeing more of Iceland too.