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After our long airplane trip and then a long morning looking for whales and puffins, I decided to head back to our hotel for a nap. Our hotel, Radisson Blu Saga Hotal, was a 15 minute walk from the old harbor and great exercise after being on a boat for 2 hours. Here is a map of Reykjavik. Can you find the old harbor on the map?

Here are a couple of pictures of the beautiful lake that we passed by on our way from the old harbor to our hotel.

Lake Tjornin in Reykjavik, Iceland

Churches are called kirkjan in Icelandic

Mrs. Cassette and Mrs. Freyer woke me up just in time for dinner. We rushed downstairs and sat at a table in the middle of the room so we would be able to meet new people. I ordered a yummy lamb dinner. This was the first time I had ever eaten lamb. It’s not too common in Florida, but lamb is one of the staple foods in Iceland. It was delicious!

At dinner I was being a little bit nosy because I found myself listening to the people sitting next to us. They were tourists from Australia, and they were talking about how there were “hidden people” throughout Iceland. Apparently, they are rarely seen and then only at night. Mrs. Cassette and Mrs. Freyer didn’t seem too interested when I told them about the hidden people, but I sure was.

After dinner we got to meet our tour guide John and the other members of our tour group. During our welcome meeting, I asked John about the hidden people. He said that Icelanders had many names for them besides hidden people such as trolls, giants, elves, and lads. There were many legends and myths about the hidden people, but he had never seen any. I thought that maybe I would be the first bear to ever find a hidden person! I had a hard time falling asleep that night. John told us that the next day we were going to see waterfalls and geysers. He also told me that we were going to get to see some places that hidden people liked to hide during the day. It definitely turned out to be a fantastic first day in Iceland!

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