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The Magic of Iceland - Aug 10-22, 2003
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Day 1-4 |
Day 5-7 |
Day 8-10 |
Day 11-13 |
Iceland Tour Route Map
Day Date Hotel - Location Sights/Comments
11 20 Hótel Bifröst Restored farmhouse of Eirik the Red; Snæfellsnes penisula
12 21 Guesthouse Sunna glaciers Langjökull and Ok, Nesjavellir geothermal plant
13 22 Return to SEA Reykjanes peninsula tour; Blue Lagoon swim
Day 11 - Eirik the Red farmhouse - fireside tour talk
Eirik the Red farmhouse
Eirik the Red farmhouse - tour guide threatened to 'beat me up' because I looked skeptical...
Eirik the Red farmhouse - original footprint location; restored one in background
Helgafell (holy mountain). According to local folklore, those who climb Helgafell for the first time get 3 wishes, provided you not look back or speak on the way up; make your wishes facing east; and not tell anyone what they are
Helgafell #6 Headstone of the heroine of Laxdæla Saga
Stykkishólmur Harbor panorama
Lookout from Stykkishólmur Harbor
Stykkishólmur Harbor (also got my 2nd Iceland puffin T-shirt here)
Lookout from Stykkishólmur Harbor #2
Vivid moss covered lava field at Berserkjahraun (relatively 'new')
Sea Bird Colonies at Arnarstapi
Sea Bird Colonies at Arnarstapi #2
Sea Bird Colonies at Arnarstapi #3
Langjökull Glacier from Arnarstapi
Late evening hike to volcano crater outside Hótel Bifröst - center closeup
Crater within a crater. From opposite side.
Hótel Bifröst from crater rim (~10pm)
Deildartunguhver - the largest hot springs in Iceland (Europe)
Barnafoss on the Hvita River (Children's Waterfall)
Hraunfossar (just downstream of Barnafoss)
Approaching Langjökull Glacier
Blue ice of Langjökull Glacier
On the glacier
Me and Brenda (Barbara took picture)
Nesjavellir geothermal plant
Nesjavellir geothermal plant #2
Nesjavellir geothermal plant #3
Nesjavellir geothermal plant #4 - water is piped 27 km to Reykjavík with only a 2C heat loss!
World's only Hydrogen station at Reykjavík
Hydrogen station tanks ~450 psi pressure
Day 13 - Blue Lagoon2 -a pool of geothermal seawater (two-third saltwater and one-third fresh water). The source of the water is as deep as 6000 feet. Temperatures at 100 -110°F. New water is constantly led into the lagoon and the water is completely renewed in 24 hours. It is also rich in unique natural minerals, as silica mud and blue green algae.
Blue Lagoon #2 (slightly green due to algae...)2
Blue Lagoon #32
Reykjanes peninsula - symbolic bridge across rift between tectonic plates2
Mt. Snæfellsjökull glacier from KEF airport lounge. Everyone was spending their remaining krónur on ice cream. Curious part-arch in foreground
Back Home - I took a little bit of Iceland home with me thru Customs. Puffin is the national bird, there are strict export/no import rules on Islandic horses, but sheep are common. Yet all can be readily purchased for consumption. (.076 +.098 + .052)*2.2 = 0.50lbs. (319 + 549 + 281 ) / 75 =$15.32 or $30/lb.! Expensive also....
Overall tour comments:
- Met a lot of nice people, not only the 12 participants in the tour, but also many Icelandic people.
- Covered about 2700 km (~1700 miles), much of it on unpaved roads. At 35 mph average over 11 days, that amounts to 4.5 hours per days of riding. I would have preferred more hiking, less riding. But then we would have seen less.
- Would also have liked to spend more time in the Lake Mývatn region, which was touted as a diverse wildlife and vegetation preserve
- Had incredibly good weather for Iceland. Most days were partially sunny/cloudy in the 60's (F). Rain was almost zero.
- Beer with dinner is also expensive - 600 ISK per bottle ($8.00)
- Yes, I enjoyed it, and had a great time!
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The stress falls on the first syllable.
A as in "hard"
Á as in "how" or "about"
E as in "get"
É as in ye in "yes"
I as in "sit"
Í as in ee in "see"
O as in "ought"
Ó as in "gold"
U as in "hook"
Ú as in "choose"
Y is similar to I
Ý is similar to Í
Æ as in "five"
Ö as u in "fur"
Ð, ð (the eth) as th in "then"
J, j as in "yet"
Þ, þ (the thorn) as th in "thought"
au as in "oil"
ey and ei as ey in "they"
fl as bl
fn as pn as in "open"
hv as kf
ll as tl/dl as in "bottle"
rn as rdn or dd
tn and fn at end of words are silent
- U.O.N., Olympus C-740 UltraZoom Digital Photography by William F. Smith (3.2 MP, 2048x1536, 10X optical 38-380mm)
- Olympus D-520Zoom Digital Photography by William F. Smith (2.0 MP, 1600x1200, 3X optical 38-114mm)