Blogs from Iceland, Europe - page 140


Europe » Iceland May 18th 2005

Just look at the photos if you're not into reading all this - I'll probably wax lyrical for paragraphs about Iceland because it was so great. I'm avoiding looking at my credit card statement at the moment. It will just upset me after having had such a lovely time in Iceland. I feel very privileged for being able to go there - it's not exactly somewhere that would be affordable for the impoverished student backpacker. I had a pot of beer and then realised it had just cost me about $15. The trip was definitely worth the expense though as Iceland is one of the most beautiful places I've been, if not a bit unusual in its appearance. I learned a lot about geology while I was there as everything to do with the country revolves ... read more
Gulfoss again

Europe » Iceland » Northwest » Ísafjördur January 18th 2003

I once spent three months farming sheep in Iceland. It was a bit of a drunken mistake applying for the job in the first place. Well, I say that but I can’t actually remember. Maybe it was a very carefully considered decision I made. I’d seen an Icelandic band play in a pub on the Saturday night and had gone home and checked them out online. From their site I found another and then another and eventually ended up applying for a job as a sheep farmer. So the farmer contacted me on the Monday, asked me if I could start on the Friday, I quit my job on the Tuesday and flew out on the Thursday. I stayed on the farm with the farmer and his wife but I had my own cottage out the ... read more

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 July 30th 1999

During my school summer holidays I spent a week travelling around Iceland with my Dad. We saw Reykjavik and then went driving all over the west, south and up towards the east of the island. Great fun!! (even though we were in a little old Nissan Micra...)... read more
Reykjavik Church
Volcanic rocks at the side of the road
Gullfoss (Golden Falls)

Europe » Iceland September 2nd 1988

The committees trips to Iceland was prompted by the refusal by most countries in the committee to grant further exceptions to the International Competitive Bidding rules that allowed sole source procurements through the Icelandic Prime Contractor for all NATO funded construction in Iceland. As the U.S. represented Iceland on the committee (Iceland has no armed forces; their Foreign Ministry was only a dozen individuals located in offices above the Reykjavik Fire Station), we decided that it would be best to take the committee to Iceland to hear first had from the Icelandic authorities why it was in NATO's and Iceland's mutual interest to continue as usual. We also would take this opportunity to show the committee the results of their extensive funding of airfield facilities at Keflavik, POL facilities at Helgavik and the radar installations under ... read more
Interior of the air passenger terminal at Keflavik
Hardened aircraft shelter at Keflavik
F-15 inside the hardened aircraft shelter at Keflavik

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
Thingvalir, location of the first parliament

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