***I HAD SOME PROBLEMS W THE PICS SO HAD TO RE-POST THIS BLOG…
I just got back from one of the world’s most fascinating places; Iceland. This is an island where the natural forces of the world make there presence known like nowhere else on Earth.
Consider this… Over 10% of Iceland is locked in glaciers. Some glaciers like Eyjafjallajökul, cover volcano’s hidden underneath the ice. Eyjafjallajökul last erupted in 2010 (remember all those cancelled flights?) which resulted in fire and ice going head to head in an epic standoff. There are 35 active volcanoes in Iceland and over 100 dormant ones. In the last 500 years Iceland’s volcanoes have contributed to 1/3 of the global lava output. The island itself is the product of the North American and Eurasian plates pulling away form each other, which is why there is so many volcanoes and hot-springs here.
The country is essentially populated by the descendants of the Vikings (the Norse). The island has been inhabited since AD 874 when the chieftain Arnarson became the first permanent settler on the island. These are the same people who later went on to settle Greenland and Newfoundland in the famed Viking long ships. Just like the Vikings, the Icelandic people took advantage of the food sources at their disposal. This is a place that until very recently the common diet consisted of fish, whale, horse, and potatoes. Today fast food, restaurants and grocery stores are quickly changing that.
As for the climate, it’s never that cold in the winter but it’s by no means hot in the summer. Like most northern maritime places if you don’t like the weather wait 5 minutes because it will change. But make no mistake, the wind is enemy number one here and even on a warm day the wind can make it feel like -20. Yet even with these harsh winds, the best part of Iceland is that a hot-spring or hot tub is never far away.