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FC: September 11-20, 2009 | Iceland | New York

1: Iceland (Island to locals) is a volcanic island the size of Kentucky with only 320,000 inhabitants, 60 percent living in the capital, Reykjavik. Iceland is actually divided into 2 halves, each resting on a separate tectonic plates which are slowly moving apart and creates volcanic activity and frequent earthquakes.. This tectonic drifting was evident in the site we saw at Pingvellir, which recently became a World heritage site. Iceland is a country of water in ALL forms, from hot spring, geysers and geothermal lagoons to waterfalls, streams, rivers and ocean to ice caps and glaciers. It has the Europe's largest ice cap but their winter is mild. Snow on the coastline does not last more than 2 days. Ski slopes have been closed due to lack of snow and that really surprised me. . I was also surprised to see how barren the country was.. There were hardly any trees or any form of greenery. The fields were covered mostly of lava rocks (covered with moss) and the mountains were covered with glacial fields. No fruits are grown in Iceland. Most vegetables are grown in greenhouses which are heated with geothermal water. There are also wells that smelled of sulfur! The landscape is continuously being transformed by the process of glacier ice melting and flattening the land. There are several sea cliffs, terminal moraines ridges and kettle holes. The people in Iceland seem to be fit and healthy. We saw several outdoor swimming pools used frequently by the locals including 80 yr old men in speedos! What a sight! No one swims at the coast because it is cold. The beaches were of black "sand" - composed of ground basalt/lava rocks. We had wet and cold weather the whole week while we toured the south , east and west side of the island but overall it was an interesting trip.

2: URRIDAOFOSS Largest volume producing fall | SKOGAFOSS | WATERFALLS | GULFOSS The Golden Falls | SELJALANDSFOSS | * foss = waterfalls

3: L | L | LAVA FALLS

4: GLACIER LAGOON | Ice mixed with lava | FLOATING ICEBERGS Blue Ice

5: Eating 1500 yr old ice | Riding the "duckboat" | Drinking whiskey to get warm

6: GEYSIR spouts every 4-5 min

7: HOT SPRINGS | Haunfossar Barnafoss Output = 180 liters/sec | Pipeline delivery

8: Skatafall Glacier | GLACIERS

9: G | Glacier outlets

10: Turf houses | Chapel | Greenhouse | HOUSES | Lighthouse | Roadside farmhouse & chapel

11: squishy moss | highest point in mountain pass | Black sand beach at Vik | GEOLOGICAL FEATURES

12: SHARK FARM | Shark Meat & Blackdeath Drink | Mr. Hildibrandur, the shark farmer

13: Gerouberg | ROCK FORMATIONS | TECTONIC PLATES | MORAINES | Dverghamrer

14: Reykjavik and vicinities | Whaling boats | US barracks - WWII | Reykjavik - view from geothermal power plant | PM house - former prison | Skogar Folk Museum | Downtown Reykjavik | Hallgrimskirkja Cathedral | Harbor

15: HELLMAR town | Doug, Bob, Jan and me | Irene, Barb, Ed and Art | Bill, Trausti, Susan, Sue and Jay | Fjoruhusid restaurant

16: BLUE LAGOON | mud pack | waterfall massage

17: Manhattan, New York

18: New York City Tour

21: Times Square

22: 66TH BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION AT TAVERN AT THE GREEN

23: Horse carriage ride thru Central Park followed by a stretch limousine ride home with Jan, Bob and Doug. Watched Billy Elliott at the Imperial Theater in the evening. Celebrated next day at Carmines with Melanie, Natalie and Rufina.

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