mit_souko (mit_souko) wrote,
mit_souko
mit_souko

Iceland

I just spent almost 2 weeks in Iceland. It is a small island in the north Atlantic, on about the same latitude as the Faroe Islands and Norway, not very far from Greenland. It is sparsely populated [300,000 or so, 60% of whom live in Reykjavik].


a farm



There are snow capped mountains and volcanoes [some active], lakes, rivers, waterfalls. Myriads of sea birds nest on the cliffs, and I saw as well troupes of wild swans near the lakes. Icelanders raise small, docile hairy horses, also little woolly sheep and smallish cattle


Icelandic horse and handler

Perhaps the defining trait of Iceland is water. The sea of course, all around and never far. But also rivers, lakes, waterfalls, hot springs sending up plumes of vapor.









I also want to mention the lovely wild flowers all over.


hardy geraniums


lupines

Of course there are many others, and much wild thyme, creeping all over and covered in mauve blooms
.



I will continue this tomorrow, with more waterfalls, and volcano ash!
Subscribe

  • Valley of Fire State Park, Nevada

    At the end of March we visited a state park about an hour's drive norhtwest of Las Vegas, the Valley of Fire. The name is a bit overdramatic,…

  • Canyon de Chelly.

    We spent time looking at the many ruins. Virtually every cave has ruins. Some have crumbled, but in most cases they remain, with the walls fairly…

  • A short trip to Northern Arizona

    I spent last week in Northern Arizona, for a return visit to some ancient sites I particularly like. We went north from Flagstaff to the Cameron…

  • Post a new comment

    Error

    default userpic

    Your IP address will be recorded 

    When you submit the form an invisible reCAPTCHA check will be performed.
    You must follow the Privacy Policy and Google Terms of use.
  • 0 comments