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Eiríksstaðir marked the end of our sightseeing for the day. We drove a straight-shot 150 kilometres from Eiríksstaðir to Reykjavik, stopping only to pay the toll at the very nice (and very deep) under-sea tunnel beneath the Hvalfjörðdur fjord just north of Reykjavik.

Roland had not yet had a chance to experience Reykjavik, so we stopped into the city one last time for a brief walk-around - and to find a nice restaurant to have a final celebratory meal in Iceland. We wandered around a bit longer than we should have, not settling on anything in particular until impatience drove us to pick a reasonably nice-looking fish restaurant called - unimaginatively - Restaurant Reykjavik.
courtesy Jinnes
Walking past Stjornarradid
Most artistic graffiti
Buttered haddock
Our experience at the restaurant was decent, but I wouldn't call it great. I had the Grilled Halibut with herb butter and roasted vegetables, but at 4350 ISK for the meal, I thought it was not the best value (4350 ISK = about $35). To be completely honest, I enjoyed my $15 visit to Icelandic Fish and Chips more. Chris and a few others went whole-hog and got the $55 all-you-can-eat seafood buffet, which included various exotic items such as Minke whale and Skyr.
Brilliant Pinks of Sunset
Post-dinner, we wandered once more through Reykjavik's downtown back to the van, and from there we drove back towards the airport. We had considered staying somewhere in Reykjavik overnight, but decided that being next to the airport to drop Roland off for his morning flight was, once again, the most logistically efficient thing to do. So, it was back to good old Camping Alex, the campground situated not far from the airport.

As if in salute to the tail end of an interesting trip, we were treated to a spectacular blood-red and purple sunset from the campsite.
Interactive trackmap, Day 8 - Akureyri to Reykjavik - click to Expand
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