AG00037_.gif (6684 bytes)Bill and Lou's Adventure to Iceland

 

Our Visit

We stopped in Iceland for two days before heading off for Finland.  We left Minneapolis, MN on May 26th at 7:30PM and arrived in Iceland Wednesday morning at 6:30AM.   We rented a car and drove from Keflavik to Reykjavik, about 50km.  After checking out the "tourist information center" we decided to stay at the Hotel Leifur Erickson which is in downtown Reykjavik.  We slept off the jet lag until 4:00PM and then did a little shopping and sight seeing.  After a very nice lobster dinner we had a few drinks with the locals and turned in around 4:00AM. You might think that 4:00AM is late but remember, it stays light here almost 24 hours a day.  There's only a little dusk around midnight to 1:00AM.   Thursday was sight seeing day as we visited the main sites in Reykjavik and then on to the Blue Lagoon, Four Wheeling with the Clio and the Geyser.  Out to dinner and right to bed at 11:00PM for an early 7:30AM flight out Friday morning.

About Iceland

Iceland is an interesting country, completely formed from volcanic activity.  Most of Iceland is tundra the only trees being in the downtown areas of the cites.  There is a small amount of agriculture on the island located in pockets of topsoil on the downslopes of the mountains areas.  Fishing represents the nations major resource and accounts for nearly 60% of exports yet employs only 11.5% of the population!  About 50% of the population is employed in services and public workforce.  Iceland speaks there own language, a dialect of Norwegian Vikings from many centuries earlier.  The government employs a full time linguist just to keep up with all the new words invented every day!  Energy is easy in Iceland as its location on the Mid Atlantic range provides cheap pollution free geothermal heating.  The rivers from melting glaciers provides there hydroelectric power.  Most of the 250,000 residents live in the southwest part of Iceland's 39,756 square miles, 50% of them in Reykjavik and its suburbs.   Our most notable observation was the smallness of everything.  Housing in small houses and multifamily dwellings is the norm.  We didn't see a single large house by American standards.

 

Our pictures

May28_03.jpg (47276 bytes) This is the Hotel Liefur Erickson where we stayed in Reykjavik.

May28_04.jpg (31344 bytes) May28_10.jpg (48094 bytes) May28_09.jpg (46207 bytes) This is a Lutheran church on top of the highest hill in Reykjavik.  You can go up to the top of the tower and see the bells and the city for 300kr.

May28_05.jpg (46718 bytes) May28_11.jpg (53575 bytes) This is the organ in the church above.   It's one of the largest pipe organs in the world.

May28_06.jpg (48158 bytes) May28_07.jpg (50765 bytes) May28_08.jpg (57480 bytes) May28_16.jpg (50009 bytes) May28_17.jpg (54568 bytes) Aerial views of Reykjavik

May28_12.jpg (51533 bytes) The city hall of Reykjavik.  It built out over the lake in the middle of the city.

May28_13.jpg (46452 bytes) May28_14.jpg (48367 bytes) Pictures of an indoor geyser at the hot water storage facility.  All of Iceland is heated with natural geothermal heat.   Hot water is piped into the city and stored in large tanks on top of a hill.   The 7 tanks hold 24,000,000 liters of hot water between 80 and 130 degrees Celsius.

May28_19.jpg (52816 bytes) Bill and Lou in the mountains of Iceland, four wheeling with our rental car, the Renault Clio!

May28_20.jpg (53365 bytes) May28_21.jpg (39413 bytes) Pictures of volcanic activity.  The first is boiling mud and the second shot is a geyser.  There are 200 volcanoes on Iceland.

May28_22.jpg (61011 bytes) Salmon fish heads drying in the sun.   When there done the heads will be shipped to Nigeria!  Yummy!