A Taste of Iceland

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August 22nd 2013
Published: August 22nd 2013
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Iceland was the last stop of our summer journey, and what a delight it was. The scenery was unique and the weather was good. But, my oh my, was it EXPENSIVE!! Being a little smaller than England and due to the high costs of tours and transportation, we were able to just get a taste of the country. Reykjavik was a delightful city with a nice homey atmosphere. The menu boards advertising whale and p... Read Full Entry

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On the Puffin CruiseOn the Puffin Cruise
On the Puffin Cruise

Puffins nesting on an island near Reykjavik.

Puffins only come on land to mate, nest, and raise their chicks. They spend the rest of the time in the water, even in winter.
Icelandic landscapeIcelandic landscape
Icelandic landscape

We were just able to see a small are of countryside outside of Reykjavik. It is mostly moss-covered volcanic lava.
Extinct volcanoes and pasture landExtinct volcanoes and pasture land
Extinct volcanoes and pasture land

There are LOTS of sheep and Icelandic horses.
Geothermal pipelinesGeothermal pipelines
Geothermal pipelines

A vast network of large pipelines delivers hot water to the towns of Iceland.
Thingvellir National ParkThingvellir National Park
Thingvellir National Park

Thingvallavatn, Iceland's largest lake and the valley where the North American tectonic plate meets the Eurasian tectonic plate.
Thingvellir Rift ValleyThingvellir Rift Valley
Thingvellir Rift Valley

These are some of the fissues in the rift valley where the North America Plate meets the Eurasian Plate.
Rift ValleyRift Valley
Rift Valley

The valley and the lake between the two plates keeps growing and getting deeper.
Walking in the fissuresWalking in the fissures
Walking in the fissures

Iceland's democracy began here in 930 AD. Their yearly parliament met here.
Parliament FieldsParliament Fields
Parliament Fields

The early settlers camped in this area during the Parliament sessions.
Law RockLaw Rock
Law Rock

The flag indicated the spot where one third of the law was recited by heart each year. In 3 years all the law would be recited to the assembly.

22nd August 2013

A Chilly Message (ha)
When I think of Iceland all that comes to mind is BRRRRRR... Looking forward to seeing you...

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