The Travelling Trooper Takes In Some Art and Lots Of Food

I can’t think of a better way to start a day than with some art. Especially if Picasso is in the house! We visited the National Gallery of Iceland

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A 3D metal portrait of Picasso’s wife, Jacqueline Roque.
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Though there was some controversy over who held claim to the artwork, it was eventually gifted to Iceland. Apparently Jacqueline was quite fond of Iceland.
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This video installation was the thing nightmares are made of. Her face did some weird melty things. It was messed up. The only thing that would’ve made it creepier was if it was Pennywise the Clown himself on the screen.
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I think this artist was a big fan of Dr. Seuss. Those are wigs if you’re curious. Lots, and lots of wigs.

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The moral of the story: Don’t mess with Mother Nature.

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The only thing better than a morning full of art is an early afternoon of eating everything I see. Anything with lamb is supposed to be absolutely delicious in Iceland because of the way they raise their sheep. They let them go out and explore and eat whatever they want from June until September, and then farmers go out and gather all of their sheep froom wherever they managed to travel to. Our glacier Ski-Doo guide said that with their diet, they basically spice themselves. And sure enough, my lamp soup was deeeeeelish!

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Followed that up with a cod sandwich from a street vendor. Iceland is reknown for their fresh fish, so I had to check it out. Again, verdict was two thumbs way up.

And finally, because I’m a big fat pig, we went to a buffet.

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Once again, the fish was fantastic. I know it’s not the best picture, but this was plate 1 of 4.

Now, back to the museums!

I couldn’t get many pictures at the 871 +/-2 Museum because it’s very dark in there. The museum documents the history of the country’s settlement, and it’s actually housed on an actual archaelogical site of an old turf house that was found there. The picture on the right shows a model of what the turf house probably looked like based on their excavation.

The story behind the name of the museum is pretty hilarious. Much like Canadians, Icelanders are all about compromising. And so, since experts can’t decide on when exactly the country was settled, they decided on the name 871 +/-2.

Iceland was a great place to set up camp for early Vikings. You had water, fish, seal, walrus, whale, along with all the animals they brought over themselves. Then there was the wood to burn on land and the driftwood to build with. They were set.

The museum offered some really cool and interactive history on daily life for the early settlers, but as well as information on Viking explorations as far as Russia, Africa, and even parts of Canada and America!

On the way home, we came across this weird place, and we had to go in.

 

Gotta love the Jesus astronaut holding the Buddha head. Never change, Iceland. Never change.

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