Day 42: return to Snæfellsnes

Snæfellsnes, the peninsula that juts out to the west just above Reykjavík, is sometimes called “Iceland in miniature.”  It has more than its fair share of landmarks, including Kirkjufell (possibly the most photographed mountain in all of Iceland); Snæfellsjökull, a mile-high stratovolcano; and the fishing village of Stykkishólmur, which was featured in the Ben Stiller movie The Secret Life… Read More Day 42: return to Snæfellsnes

Day 40: getting into hot water, part two

Icelanders have made effective use of their geothermal resources, extracting groundwater heated by molten rock in the earth below and using that hot water to heat the places they live and work.  Otherwise, they’d have to choose between freezing in the winter or importing foreign fuels.  Neither option is very attractive. The groundwater used for heating homes isn’t… Read More Day 40: getting into hot water, part two

Day 37: who’s got the power?

Here’s a technical question raised by the lectures in our introductory class at Reykjavík University: given Iceland’s natural resources, would it be correct to say that Icelanders have access to virtually unlimited power? Here’s a lawyerly answer:  well, it depends. Iceland sits atop a rift in the surface of the Earth where two continental plates are slowly… Read More Day 37: who’s got the power?