There’s a place here in Reykjavík called the Family Park and Zoo, which as the name suggests is a park for families [i.e. they have play equipment for kids, rides, etc.] and a sort of mini-zoo, with domesticated farm animals, as well as wild animals found in Iceland: seals, foxes, minks and reindeer. Recently they’ve also set up a sort of mini-aquarium, with a few species of fish and other oceanic critters.
Anyway, each year during Midsummer Night they open the park between 11 pm and 1 am, for anyone who wants to listen in on the cows talking, or who fancies a roll around in the dew. They’ve also got lots of other things going on: a bonfire, live music, “strange creatures” roaming around [i.e. people dressed up in costumes], and suchlike. I’ve been meaning to go ever since AAH was little but have never got around to it – until last night. I was talking to a good friend on the phone who mentioned that she was going and told me just how great it was. EPI came home around 11 and I managed to coerce him into coming with me, and we ended up having a really fun time, even if we didn’t have any little kids with us.
We first came upon the seals, who were curious as ever. Is it any wonder the Germans call them “sea dogs”?
Next we checked out the aquarium. Can you spot the flounder?
Ah, there he is:
We went to listen to the cows, but this little guy, at least, wasn’t talking:
Whereas this guy had a lot to say, but I promised I wouldn’t tell …
In a tent there was a band playing jazz …
And outside there was a field for rolling around nekkid in the dew [note the clothes rack, very inviting]:
Meanwhile, Midsummer Night was encroaching on the little lake [although this photo was taken just prior to the one above – the position of the camera made it look darker than it actually was]:
On the way back out we bid farewell to the seals again [can you spot them?]
And on the way home, there was a gorgeous sunset:
… with the Sólfari sculpture looking like some strange prehistoric animal:
And that concludes our little Midsummer Night mystery tour. Thank you for joining us!
TODAY WE HAD YET ANOTHER STUNNING DAY
White-hot, brilliant sunshine. I was sitting inside today working [in an actual proper office] and it was SO HOT. I felt really sluggish and realized I hadn’t actually felt that way on account of the summer heat since I lived abroad. [Implications? Discuss.] Our economy is going to hell, the krona is in free-fall, Icelandair laid off 200 people today, gas is up to ISK 173 per liter [USD 7.40] … but at least we have beautiful weather. Temps right now 12°C [54F], sunrise this morning was at 2.57, sunset due for 12.03 tomorrow.