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Europe » Iceland » Southwest » Reykjavík March 16th 2006

Knowing that this was possibly our last year in the UK, we decided to make a few trips to places we have always wanted to go. Seeing the Northern Lights (Aurora Borealis for you boffins) has been a dream of mine since I first heard about them. Northern Lights don't occur very often, as they require very specific weather conditions: very cold and very still and very clear. Typically visible between December and March, I was crossing my fingers that we'd be lucky enough to see some. Of course, I didn't realise that they coincide with periods of solar activity, which is in an 11-year cycle, and we were there at the least active period (it peaks in 2011, with the next predicted Aurora starting in 2008!) Whoops, talk about bad timing! Besides which, the weather ... read more
View from the oldest Parliament in the world
Where's my wetsuit?
Me in front of Gullfoss

Europe » Iceland » Southwest » Reykjavík June 2nd 2001

May 26, 2001 Our early afternoon flight to Boston on Continental in first class was pleasant. We departed Boston on Icelandair promptly at 9:30 p.m. for our five-hour flight to Reykjavik. We had ample leg room in the exit row, but the seats seemed more narrow than usual, and there were no blankets! May 27, 2001 Arriving at Keflavik Airport at 6:30 a.m. after only a couple of hours’ sleep, our feet were disinfected on mats to prevent introducing foot and mouth disease as we entered the terminal. Our 40-minute bus ride to Reykjavik gave us our first glimpse of the volcanism that created this diverse island. Lava covered the barren land all around, making the landscape seem like something on Mars. The broad expanses of volcanic rock seemed inhospitable at first but soon proved to ... read more
Reykjavik, population 110,000
Moss-covered lava fields outside of Reykjavik (1,000 AD)
Traditional "mudhouses" or farmhouses covered in earth for insulation

Europe » Iceland » Southwest » Reykjavík March 6th 1987

Excerpt of the Rev. H. Nigel Fox Jr. Travel Journal - Circa 1925 Entry 19 -- The Dane-Saxon Saga At first Norah looked disappointed when she discovered that my 'gift' was an old diary written by my father. Her expression gradually brightened as we began to read it together. The book contained much of my father's extensive research into the Abbey legends. Father had established that Glastonbury Abbey was founded by Josephus of Arimathea (son of Joseph) and that the monastery had possessed the most valued of Christian relics. However, all had vanished by the turn of the first millennium. Father had first postulated that the most likely cause of their disappearance would have been the Viking raids at the time of Ethelred 'the Unready'. Women were raped and possessions plundered on a regular basis. The ... read more

Europe » Iceland » Southwest » Keflavik June 1st 1977

Each year I attended the annual SACLANT Infrastructure Conference in Brussels. This would be my second conference. On the way there I decided to kill two birds with one stone and scheduled meetings in Iceland. 1 – 3 June 1977 Wednesday through Friday. My trip to Bermuda was quickly followed by a trip to Iceland, to conduct the acceptance inspection for the NATO fuel pier at Hvalfjordur. On Wednesday, I flew to Keflavik. Thursday and Friday we met at Hvalfjordur to conduct the acceptance inspection, and also did the maintenance and readiness inspection for the rest of the depot. 4 – 5 June 1977 Saturday and Sunday. Saturday I flew to London for the weekend and saw a play that evening. Sunday I toured the town a bit. 6 – 10 June 1977 Monday through Friday. ... read more
Desolate Iceland countryside between KeflaviK and Reykevik
Reykevik
Thingvalir, location of the first parliament




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