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?
This was a surprisingly low-key Saturday and Sunday: some domestic chores, some work. The most interesting thing I learned was how to get into a locked Icelandic parking garage at 2:30 am to get my car — but that’s a story you probably don’t really want to hear and I for sure don’t really want… Read More Days 34 & 35: not mundane
Within a couple of hours’ drive from Reykjavík are three major landmarks: Þingvellir National Park, the Geysir geothermal area, and the spectacular 200-foot waterfall Gullfoss. They’re part of the “Golden Circle” tour and they usually wind up on every tourist’s itinerary because they’re so easy to reach in a single day. But it’s been over… Read More Day 26: the Golden Circle
Yes, I know: technically, the Snæfellsnes peninsula is part of Vesturland, the western region of the country. But it’s such a distinctive part, showcasing all kinds of different terrain and landmarks, that it’s been given the nickname “Iceland in miniature.” At the far western end is Snæfellsjökull, the nearly mile-high volcano that Jules Verne used as the starting… Read More Day 18, pt. 2: on the road again – Snæfellsnes
This post, and the one that follows, are mostly about eye candy. The day did not appear terribly promising when it began: the morning was a bit overcast. But the Icelandic weather service was predicting the clouds would break by the afternoon, particularly in Vesturland, the western region of the country. Since there are still… Read More Day 18: on the road again – Vesturland
The road from Point A to Point B often includes some points you hadn’t really known were there. Visiting them can be every bit as interesting as the places you planned to visit. This is one of those places. When heading east on the ring road you eventually come to a spot where enormous plumes of… Read More Day 15: pure energy
Iceland is the prettiest place in the world. There are probably people who would disagree, and might argue on behalf of another location. I bear such people no ill-will and I do not question their motives. They’re just wrong. Now that I have a car, I decided to get out from the capital a bit… Read More Day 14: road trip!
On November 14, 1963, a new island emerged from the waters. The crew of the Icelandic fishing trawler Ísleifur II saw the huge column of smoke and ash from miles away. Believing it to be another vessel, perhaps on fire and sinking, they set out to render aid and rescue the survivors if they could. When they arrived, they found the… Read More Surtsey