Iceland: Systrakaffi

Before going to Iceland, we booked an ice cave tour, but before we could even step foot in the country, the tour was cancelled.  Apparently the warmest winter in recent Icelandic history equals no ice caves to tour.  Bummer.

We did get to see an amazing waterfall (Svartifoss):

...and check out a glacier (Skaftafellsj√∂kull) on our own though. 

As it was our last full day in Iceland, we made the most of it by taking our time exploring all the sights.  My friends really took on the explorer spirit when they started climbing the glacier.  Me, on the other hand?  I chose life and stayed on solid ground.  I read all those signs about only climbing glaciers with a guide.  I still have student loans to pay off, yo. 

Also, I wanted to be able to continue judging others who went off trail.  Whenever I saw someone flipping over a guardrail to take a selfie on some slippery rock ledge, I stood there to watch, hoping that they would fall.  Now, I didn't want anyone to die or anything like that.  Maybe just break a leg.

They gotta learn sometime.

We had so much fun that we didn't actually stop for lunch.  Beyond some snacks in the car, we held strong until dinner, when we found Systrakaffi near where we were staying:

The big windows brought in a lot of natural light, which gave the restaurant a very open and inviting feel:

T got the humarpizza (2700 or around $27 for a nine inch):

It came topped with cheese, lobster chunks, sundried tomatoes, onion, mushrooms, garlic, and "lettuce".  (Is arugula a lettuce?)

CK ordered the mare nostrum (2100 ISK):

Which was cheese, tuna, shrimp, onion, tomatoes, and black pepper.

Since it was our last night in Iceland, instead of getting the cheapest thing on the menu, I decided to treat myself by getting a BBQ burger (1950 ISK):

No surprises there.  It was basically BBQ sauce with bacon and cheese.

CV and DK both got the chiliburger (1950 ISK):

The chili we were expecting was definitely not what was served.  The burger literally had red chilies in it.  Tuh-wist!

All in all, a solid last dinner in Iceland.  Still nothing really to write home (or blog) about, but who goes to Iceland for the food anyway?

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