Keflavik is known to many primarily as it is the location of the airport, as well as the Navy/NATO base. In fact, the base and airport actually share the airfield. There is a sign at the automobile entrance to the airfield that reads, "Aircraft has the right of way". Yep, definitely not something to challenge here with the remarkable amount of air traffic.
I digress, sorry! So, today we decided to explore the town of Keflavik. It was quite hyped up on the internet and in some of the tourist guides, so we figured we would give it a go. Unfortunately, like many other towns (towns, not sights), the advertising says one thing and you see another.
It isn't as though there aren't things to see or do, but we read about at least 4 museums that were open to the public on Sundays. We thought they were extensive and more historical than they actually turned out to be. However only one was open. In fact, the town looked like a ghost town. Only one restaurant and the museum appeared to be open. Okay, and the Bonus Video (whose advertising suspiciously resembles Blockbuster).
So, we went to the boat museum. It was interesting, tons of model boats, but almost everything was in Icelandic and 3 weeks of Icelandic does not remotely prepare you for that! In a connecting room was an unrelated glass art exhibit. Great work, but the works of art seemed to be jammed into the room. One wrong move and you own some nice broken glass!
The third room was definitely intriguing. We are not entirely sure (again, all in Icelandic), but we feel it is about an Icelandic band that was very popular in the 70s. There was a "poster" for each year of the decade and many statues with 70s-esque clothes. (Mom, word of warning, one mannequin was wearing a pair of glasses I swear I saw in your glove compartment on our last trip there! :-))
The kids loved this room! Let's just say there was a disco ball and strobe light and you-know-who was in heaven. God, we HAVE to find a singing teacher for that child! She was singing again tonight and first of all, her lyrics way beat anything out there today and secondly, she can so hold a tune! Her singing gives me chills at times; you just don't expect a 6 year old to open her mouth and sing the way she does. I am no expert, of course, but... Even one of the Embassy staffers (Icelandic) noticed and commented he couldn't believe her pitch.
So, one more thing on our "to do" list. Now that school is out, we can accomplish a few extra things on our list. I think we have almost gotten the UAB squared away and hope to hear about the HHE on Tuesday.
Why Tuesday you ask? Why because we are on holiday tomorrow, of course! The Laugar Zoo and Family Park http://www.husdyragardur.is/ is open (og frytt) and free to the public tomorrow, and since we owe the kids a return trip, you can bet we will take that freebie.