I love Iceland!

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Iceland Reykjavik harbor where you get on the whale seeing boat

We've been to Iceland twice now. Once for New Years in Winter, we got to see the Aurora Borealis and hear about the elves. It was dark for all but 4 hours during the day and they had a fab fireworks display for New Years. The second time was in June of 2006, which was also super fun. It wasn't over 50 degrees F at any time, and it was light all day with a bit of eerie dimness for a couple hours in the middle of the night. We've seen geysers, lava water falls, the mountains where the sheep are just let to roam and collected once a year, went whale watching, seen the spot where the two Atlantic plates meet (walked down the center of it even) and driven across a glacier in a four wheel drive jeep. I love Iceland and we're of course going back again sometime.

The falt line between teh continental places in the Atlantic

Each time we go I think I love it more. The people are more than friendly and they have this great atmosphere about the place. When we went over New Years we were told a couple stories I'll share. One, there are elves. Yes, there are, the tour guide told us that they take them very seriously. At one time there was going to be a main road put into the city and there was a large rock, which is where elves live, and they couldn't move the rock because it might upset the elves, so they left it. After time, there were many accidents where the rock was, it became so dangerous that they decided they couldn't keep the rock, so they got someone to talk to the elves to see if they could move it. Apparently the elves told them yes cause the rock's not there anymore.

The fault valley where it's sinking every year, far behind you can see the other edge of the fault cliff, Im standing on the other
The second story is one I wish I had the photo to. We went to see the largest waterfall on the island, which is impressive! On the way there was this small cottage (there are many small cottages out in the country, aka middle no where, they're used for summer homes) the cottage was literally sitting under the edge of a bolder that had fallen down the mountain in a rock slide, it wasn't touched, but the roof was only a foot or two from being touched by the over hang of this bolder, it's that big! So, the guide was saying that the cottage was still in use, but that the man who owns it has given it to his mother in law. Ha ha ha! Cute huh? It's a fun place like that. Most of the houses are made out of metal, the only trees on the island are planted by man now cause the original inhabitants cut down the forests for lumber.
A lava waterfall, the water flowsout between the lava field and the softer earth underneath
It's a bit cold but it's lovely cause there are lava fields everywhere. Oh, another fact... you can camp anywhere you like. But, only for a certain amount of time. The idea of private land is sort of skewed, which I thought was fun cause it means you can back pack, bike through out the country.

Reykjavik is the capital city and pretty much the only city, the upper ¾ of the country have I think they said 6 people living up there and most of them are at an observation place. There is also only one road outside of the cities that goes all the way around the country. It's a great place, I cant say enough how much we enjoy it! It's so much fun, and it's beautiful, absolutely beautiful.

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Iceland Reykjavik harbor where you…
Iceland Reykjavik harbor where yo…
The falt line between teh continen…
The falt line between teh contine…
The fault valley where its sinkin…
The fault valley where it's sinki…
A lava waterfall, the water flowso…
A lava waterfall, the water flows…
Another angle of the lava waterfall
Another angle of the lava waterfall
A puffin, they eat so much that so…
A puffin, they eat so much that s…
Leaving the harbor on the boat
Leaving the harbor on the boat
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photo by: MadeleineGL