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Iceland July 2002 - Our Vacation

Iceland is an island about the size of Kentucky formed by volcanoes, much like Hawai'i. The volcanic activity, which continues periodically today, occurs because the earth's crust is so thin where the European and North American tectonic plates meet along the Mid-Atlantic Ridge. This confluence is appropriate as the European, Icelandic Viking Leifur Eiríksson (son of Eirik the Red) discovered North America (Vinland). The stark, stunning features of this sparsely populated land are readily apparent in these images. We drove around the island counterclockwise, about 900 miles, on the Ring Road (Route 1), staying at six farm guesthouses or country hotels along the way, together with two nights in Reykjavík, the most northern national capital in the world where nearly two-thirds of Icelanders live today. Iceland has a temperate climate due to the gulf stream, and during July averaged about 55 degrees F. Also, in mid-July, the sun is up about 21 hours a day, and it never gets dark at all -- in Húsavík, I took pictures of whales at 11 pm by existing light!

Many thanks to Magnús Teitsson for kindly offering to provide me with proper Icelandic spellings for all of the captions. His generosity was remarkable and has allowed a great improvement! I met Magnús on the Internet Chess Club (ICC) as we both watched "the robot" Grandmaster Hannes Hlífar Stefánsson whip eight players in a row to win the 2002 Iceland chess championship (Magnús's handle on the ICC is "Murmur"). (Any remaining spelling errors, however, are mine alone). (Many curses to Bill Gates, though, for making it so difficult to insert Icelandic letters in Word on an English keyboard, which is why Magnús was horrified at the feeble transliterations to English in the original version of these pages -- there must be a better way!)
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Baltimore (BWI): the journey begins
Baltimore (BWI): the journey begins
Waiting at BWI
Waiting at BWI
Statue of Leifur Eiríksson, a gift of the United States
Statue of Leifur Eiríksson, a gift of the United States
Leifur Eiríksson, first European to discover North American
Leifur Eiríksson, first European to discover North American
Leifur Eiríksson in front of Hallgrímskirkja
Leifur Eiríksson in front of Hallgrímskirkja
Hallgrímskirkja (main Lutheran church in Reykjavík)
Hallgrímskirkja (main Lutheran church in Reykjavík)
Inside Hallgrímskirkja
Inside Hallgrímskirkja
Inside Hallgrímskirkja
Inside Hallgrímskirkja
Organ inside Hallgrímskirkja
Organ inside Hallgrímskirkja
Shoe store in Reykjavík
Shoe store in Reykjavík
Viking ship statue
Viking ship statue
Viking ship statue
Viking ship statue
Viking ship statue
Viking ship statue
Viking ship statue
Viking ship statue
Viking ship statue with a modern ship
Viking ship statue with a modern ship
Shopping in Reykjavík
Shopping in Reykjavík
Shopping in Reykjavík
Shopping in Reykjavík
Hallgrímskirkja, viewed up Skólavörđustígur street
Hallgrímskirkja, viewed up Skólavörđustígur street
In front of Hótel Loftleiđir
In front of Hótel Loftleiđir
In front of Hótel Loftleiđir
In front of Hótel Loftleiđir
Icelandic meals at Lćkjarbrekka, Reykjavík
Icelandic meals at Lćkjarbrekka, Reykjavík
Icelandic meals at Lćkjarbrekka, Reykjavík
Icelandic meals at Lćkjarbrekka, Reykjavík
Icelandic meals at Lćkjarbrekka, Reykjavík
Icelandic meals at Lćkjarbrekka, Reykjavík
Icelandic meals at Lćkjarbrekka, Reykjavík
Icelandic meals at Lćkjarbrekka, Reykjavík
Rift between N. American and European tectonic plates at Ţingvellir
Rift between N. American and European tectonic plates at Ţingvellir
Ţingvellir, meeting place of world's oldest parliament, the Alţingi, in 930 AD
Ţingvellir, meeting place of world's oldest parliament, the Alţingi, in 930 AD
Ţingvellir, meeting place of world's oldest parliament, the Alţingi, in 930 AD
Ţingvellir, meeting place of world's oldest parliament, the Alţingi, in 930 AD
Ţingvellir, meeting place of world's oldest parliament, the Alţingi, in 930 AD
Ţingvellir, meeting place of world's oldest parliament, the Alţingi, in 930 AD
Ţingvallakirkja (church) at Ţingvellir (1859), 1683 pulpit
Ţingvallakirkja (church) at Ţingvellir (1859), 1683 pulpit
Horse riding by the side of the road
Horse riding by the side of the road
Litli Geysir (origin of the English word geyser)
Litli Geysir (origin of the English word "geyser")
Strokkur (the churn), Iceland's most dramatic geyser, erupting
Strokkur ("the churn"), Iceland's most dramatic geyser, erupting
Strokkur erupting
Strokkur erupting
Strokkur erupting
Strokkur erupting
Strokkur erupting
Strokkur erupting
Strokkur quiet
Strokkur quiet
Strokkur erupting
Strokkur erupting
Strokkur erupting
Strokkur erupting
Strokkur erupting
Strokkur erupting
Blesi, a blue hot-pot at geyser field
Blesi, a blue hot-pot at geyser field
Blesi, a blue hot-pot at geyser field
Blesi, a blue hot-pot at geyser field
Gullfoss (golden falls - gull = golden, foss = falls)
Gullfoss ("golden falls" - gull = golden, foss = falls)
Gullfoss
Gullfoss
Gullfoss
Gullfoss
Gullfoss
Gullfoss
Gullfoss
Gullfoss
Gullfoss
Gullfoss
Gullfoss
Gullfoss
Inside church at Skálholt, Iceland's first bishopric between rivers Brúará and Hvítá (first Bishop in 1056 AD)
Inside church at Skálholt, Iceland's first bishopric between rivers Brúará and Hvítá (first Bishop in 1056 AD)
First night: Efri Brú near Selfoss - sheep from our cottage window
First night: Efri Brú near Selfoss - sheep from our cottage window
Our cottage at Efri Brú
Our cottage at Efri Brú
Efri Brú, main building
Efri Brú, main building
Efri Brú cottage
Efri Brú cottage
Horses at Efri Brú
Horses at Efri Brú
Sheep at Efri Brú
Sheep at Efri Brú
Horse at Efri Brú
Horse at Efri Brú
Horse at Efri Brú
Horse at Efri Brú
Dining at Efri Brú
Dining at Efri Brú
Dining at Efri Brú
Dining at Efri Brú
Dining at Efri Brú
Dining at Efri Brú
Dining at Efri Brú
Dining at Efri Brú
Dining at Efri Brú
Dining at Efri Brú
Overlooking the Sog River south of Ţingvellir
Overlooking the Sog River south of Ţingvellir
Sog River
Sog River
Sog River
Sog River
Statue at Eyrarbakki
Statue at Eyrarbakki
Beach at Eyrarbakki
Beach at Eyrarbakki
Beach at Eyrarbakki
Beach at Eyrarbakki
Beach at Eyrarbakki
Beach at Eyrarbakki
Daughter collecting black sand at beach at Eyrarbakki
Daughter collecting black sand at beach at Eyrarbakki
Beach at Eyrarbakki
Beach at Eyrarbakki
Eyrarbakki
Eyrarbakki
Eyrarbakki
Eyrarbakki
Maritime museum at Eyrarbakki
Maritime museum at Eyrarbakki
Museum at Eyrarbakki - Husiđ, an old Dutch merchant's house
Museum at Eyrarbakki - Husiđ, an old Dutch merchant's house
Viking shield explained at Saga Centre, Hvolsvöllur
Viking shield explained at Saga Centre, Hvolsvöllur
Seliajandsfoss east of Hvolsvöllur
Seliajandsfoss east of Hvolsvöllur
Seljalandsfoss
Seljalandsfoss
Behind Seljalandsfoss
Behind Seljalandsfoss
Seljalandsfoss
Seljalandsfoss
Seljalandsfoss
Seljalandsfoss
Seljalandsfoss
Seljalandsfoss
Seljalandsfoss
Seljalandsfoss
Seljalandsfoss
Seljalandsfoss
Seljalandsfoss
Seljalandsfoss
Seljalandsfoss
Seljalandsfoss
Seljalandsfoss
Seljalandsfoss
Another waterfall, before reaching Skógafoss
Another waterfall, before reaching Skógafoss
Skógafoss
Skógafoss
Signboard at Skógafoss
Signboard at Skógafoss
Skógafoss
Skógafoss
Skipping rocks at Skógafoss
Skipping rocks at Skógafoss
Skógafoss
Skógafoss
Climbing beside Skógafoss
Climbing beside Skógafoss
Skógafoss from the top
Skógafoss from the top
Skógafoss from the top
Skógafoss from the top
River at top of Skógafoss
River at top of Skógafoss
View from the top beside Skógafoss
View from the top beside Skógafoss
River below from atop Skógafoss
River below from atop Skógafoss
Daughter beside river below Skógafoss
Daughter beside river below Skógafoss
At Skógafoss
At Skógafoss
Suited up for snowmobiling atop Mýrdalsjökull (glacier), which sits on the periodically active Katla volcano
Suited up for snowmobiling atop Mýrdalsjökull (glacier), which sits on the periodically active Katla volcano
Suited up for snowmobiling at Mýrdalsjökull
Suited up for snowmobiling at Mýrdalsjökull
Second night: Vík (Vík i Myrdal) guesthouse Höfđabrekka
Second night: Vík (Vík i Myrdal) guesthouse Höfđabrekka
Vík guesthouse Höfđabrekka
Vík guesthouse Höfđabrekka
View of the Reynisdrangar (towering figners of black rock at sea inhabited by arctic terns), from Höfđabrekka
View of the Reynisdrangar (towering figners of black rock at sea inhabited by arctic terns), from Höfđabrekka
View from Höfđabrekka
View from Höfđabrekka
Ţykkvibćr south of Kirkjubćjarklaustur (church cloister of medieval Benedictine nuns)
Ţykkvibćr south of Kirkjubćjarklaustur ("church cloister" of medieval Benedictine nuns)
Signboard at Ţykkvibćr
Signboard at Ţykkvibćr
Rocks stacked by travellers for good luck at Laufskálavarđa
Rocks stacked by travellers for good luck at Laufskálavarđa
Daughter & Misook stacking rocks at Laufskálavarđa
Daughter & Misook stacking rocks at Laufskálavarđa
Stacked rocks at Laufskálavarđa
Stacked rocks at Laufskálavarđa
Signboard at Laufskálavarđa
Signboard at Laufskálavarđa
Stacked rocks at Laufskálavarđa
Stacked rocks at Laufskálavarđa
Moss-covered lava field in the southeast
Moss-covered lava field in the southeast
Moss-covered lava field in the southeast
Moss-covered lava field in the southeast
Signboard at Fjarđargljúfur gorge in southeast
Signboard at Fjarđargljúfur gorge in southeast
Moss-covered lava field at Fjarđargljúfur
Moss-covered lava field at Fjarđargljúfur
Moss-covered lava field at Fjarđargljúfur
Moss-covered lava field at Fjarđargljúfur
Moss-covered lava field at Fjarđargljúfur
Moss-covered lava field at Fjarđargljúfur
Waterfall in southeast
Waterfall in southeast
Remnants of bridge twisted by November 5, 1996 flood following Grímsvötn eruption
Remnants of bridge twisted by November 5, 1996 flood following Grímsvötn eruption
Skaftafellsjökull glacial finger extending from Vatnajökull
Skaftafellsjökull glacial finger extending from Vatnajökull
Skaftafellsjökull glacial finger
Skaftafellsjökull glacial finger
Hiking to edge of Skaftafellsjökull in Skaftafell National Park
Hiking to edge of Skaftafellsjökull in Skaftafell National Park
The edge of Skaftafellsjökull
The edge of Skaftafellsjökull
At the edge of Skaftafellsjökull
At the edge of Skaftafellsjökull
At the edge of Skaftafellsjökull
At the edge of Skaftafellsjökull
Jökulsárlón, the iceberg filled lake
Jökulsárlón, the iceberg filled lake
Jökulsárlón, with ice calved from Breiđamerkurjökull, a finger of Vatnajökull
Jökulsárlón, with ice calved from Breiđamerkurjökull, a finger of Vatnajökull
Jökulsárlón, where reportedly part of the next James Bond movie takes place
Jökulsárlón, where reportedly part of the next James Bond movie takes place
Jökulsárlón
Jökulsárlón
Jökulsárlón
Jökulsárlón
Jökulsárlón
Jökulsárlón
Cold ducks at Jökulsárlón
Cold ducks at Jökulsárlón
Jökulsárlón
Jökulsárlón
Jökulsárlón
Jökulsárlón
Jökulsárlón
Jökulsárlón
Jökulsárlón
Jökulsárlón
Jökulsárlón
Jökulsárlón
Third night: Höfn fishing boat harbor with cloud-shrouded mountain from Guesthouse Ásgarđur
Third night: Höfn fishing boat harbor with cloud-shrouded mountain from Guesthouse Ásgarđur
Post office in Höfn
Post office in Höfn
Höfn (which means harbor)
Höfn (which means "harbor")
View from guesthouse window in Höfn
View from guesthouse window in Höfn
Sheep on the road, a common sight
Sheep on the road, a common sight
North of Höfn
North of Höfn
Reindeer north of Höfn
Reindeer north of Höfn
Reindeer north of Höfn
Reindeer north of Höfn
North of Höfn in East Fjord region
North of Höfn in East Fjord region
North of Höfn in East Fjord region
North of Höfn in East Fjord region
North of Höfn
North of Höfn
North of Höfn
North of Höfn
Packing fish in Djúpivogur
Packing fish in Djúpivogur
Rare outdoor merchant at Egilsstađir
Rare outdoor merchant at Egilsstađir
In Egilsstađir, an eastern crossroads
In Egilsstađir, an eastern crossroads
Fourth night: On road to Guesthouse Egilsstađir
Fourth night: On road to Guesthouse Egilsstađir
Lake Lögurinn at Guesthouse Egilsstađir
Lake Lögurinn at Guesthouse Egilsstađir
Lake Lögurinn at Guesthouse Egilsstađir
Lake Lögurinn at Guesthouse Egilsstađir
Lake Lögurinn at Guesthouse Egilsstađir
Lake Lögurinn at Guesthouse Egilsstađir
Tourist ship Lagarfljótsormurinn on Lake Lögurinn at Guesthouse Egilsstađir
Tourist ship Lagarfljótsormurinn on Lake Lögurinn at Guesthouse Egilsstađir
Wild butter cups on a hiking trail near Summer Guesthouse Hússtjórnarskólinn south of Egilsstađir
Wild butter cups on a hiking trail near Summer Guesthouse Hússtjórnarskólinn south of Egilsstađir
Horse riding at Summer Guesthouse Hússtjórnarskólinn south of Egilsstađir in Hallormsstađur, with the Hallormsstađaskógur forest
Horse riding at Summer Guesthouse Hússtjórnarskólinn south of Egilsstađir in Hallormsstađur, with the Hallormsstađaskógur forest
Horse riding at Summer Guesthouse Hússtjórnarskólinn
Horse riding at Summer Guesthouse Hússtjórnarskólinn
Horse riding at Summer Guesthouse Hússtjórnarskólinn
Horse riding at Summer Guesthouse Hússtjórnarskólinn
Horse riding at Summer Guesthouse Hússtjórnarskólinn
Horse riding at Summer Guesthouse Hússtjórnarskólinn
Horse riding at Summer Guesthouse Hússtjórnarskólinn
Horse riding at Summer Guesthouse Hússtjórnarskólinn
Horse riding at Summer Guesthouse Hússtjórnarskólinn
Horse riding at Summer Guesthouse Hússtjórnarskólinn
Horse riding at Summer Guesthouse Hússtjórnarskólinn
Horse riding at Summer Guesthouse Hússtjórnarskólinn
Horse riding at Summer Guesthouse Hússtjórnarskólinn
Horse riding at Summer Guesthouse Hússtjórnarskólinn
Horse riding at Summer Guesthouse Hússtjórnarskólinn
Horse riding at Summer Guesthouse Hússtjórnarskólinn
Horse riding at Summer Guesthouse Hússtjórnarskólinn
Horse riding at Summer Guesthouse Hússtjórnarskólinn
Horse riding at Summer Guesthouse Hússtjórnarskólinn
Horse riding at Summer Guesthouse Hússtjórnarskólinn
Horse riding at Summer Guesthouse Hússtjórnarskólinn
Horse riding at Summer Guesthouse Hússtjórnarskólinn
Horse riding at Summer Guesthouse Hússtjórnarskólinn
Horse riding at Summer Guesthouse Hússtjórnarskólinn
Dettifoss (dental floss?) up mud route 864
Dettifoss (dental floss?) up mud route 864
Húsavík
Húsavík
Whale watching aboard the Náttfari, Húsavík
Whale watching aboard the Náttfari, Húsavík
Drydocked fishing boats, Húsavík
Drydocked fishing boats, Húsavík
This is a Minke Whale
This is a Minke Whale
This is a Minke Whale
This is a Minke Whale
Dolphins chasing the ship
Dolphins chasing the ship
Dolphins chasing the ship
Dolphins chasing the ship
Dolphins chasing the ship
Dolphins chasing the ship
Dolphins chasing the ship
Dolphins chasing the ship
Dolphins chasing the ship
Dolphins chasing the ship
Misook warms up in the ship's cabin
Misook warms up in the ship's cabin
View from the bridge
View from the bridge
Misook & Daughter aboard the Náttfari
Misook & Daughter aboard the Náttfari
Misook & Daughter aboard the Náttfari
Misook & Daughter aboard the Náttfari
Whale ahoy!
Whale ahoy!
Whale ahoy!
Whale ahoy!
Whale ahoy!
Whale ahoy!
Húsavík from the fjord
Húsavík from the fjord
Fifth night: Guesthouse Rauđaskriđa south of Húsavík
Fifth night: Guesthouse Rauđaskriđa south of Húsavík
Guesthouse Rauđaskriđa south of Húsavík
Guesthouse Rauđaskriđa south of Húsavík
Our cabin at Guesthouse Rauđaskriđa south of Húsavík
Our cabin at Guesthouse Rauđaskriđa south of Húsavík
Our cabin at Guesthouse Rauđaskriđa south of Húsavík
Our cabin at Guesthouse Rauđaskriđa south of Húsavík
Main building at Guesthouse Rauđaskriđa south of Húsavík
Main building at Guesthouse Rauđaskriđa south of Húsavík
Daughter reading in the main building at Guesthouse Rauđaskriđa south of Húsavík
Daughter reading in the main building at Guesthouse Rauđaskriđa south of Húsavík
Gođafoss (God Falls, where Iceland's leaders dumped icons of the Norse Gods during the transition to Christianity)
Gođafoss (God Falls, where Iceland's leaders dumped icons of the Norse Gods during the transition to Christianity)
Gođafoss
Gođafoss
Akureyri (notice the Princess cruise ship)
Akureyri (notice the Princess cruise ship)
Akureyri
Akureyri
Bridge across Eyjafjörđur fjord to Akureyri
Bridge across Eyjafjörđur fjord to Akureyri
Akureyri with our car in the foreground
Akureyri with our car in the foreground
Akureyri
Akureyri
Akureyrarkirkja in Akureyri
Akureyrarkirkja in Akureyri
Shopping in Akureyri
Shopping in Akureyri
Souvenir pens in Akureyri for common names -- but not John and Jim
Souvenir pens in Akureyri for common names -- but not John and Jim
Akureyri
Akureyri
Sigurhćđir in Akureyri, home of the poet Matthías Jochumsson, author of Ó, Guđ vors lands, the national anthem of Iceland
Sigurhćđir in Akureyri, home of the poet Matthías Jochumsson, author of "Ó, Guđ vors lands," the national anthem of Iceland
Folk Museum at Akureyri -- drying fish
Folk Museum at Akureyri -- drying fish
Nonni House (Nonnahús) at Akureyri
Nonni House (Nonnahús) at Akureyri
Statue of children's author Nonni (Jón Sveinsson) at Akureyri
Statue of children's author Nonni (Jón Sveinsson) at Akureyri
Icelandic Emigration Centre in Hofsós, emigration to North Dakota
Icelandic Emigration Centre in Hofsós, emigration to North Dakota
Emigration to Manitoba and Minnesota
Emigration to Manitoba and Minnesota
Emigration Centre at Hofsós
Emigration Centre at Hofsós
Fishing boats at Hofsós
Fishing boats at Hofsós
Emigration Centre at Hofsós
Emigration Centre at Hofsós
Fish brought ashore at Hofsós
Fish brought ashore at Hofsós
Statue at Borg where Egill Skallagrímsson of saga fame lived during the 10th century
Statue at Borg where Egill Skallagrímsson of saga fame lived during the 10th century
Eldborg volcanic crater on Snćfellsnes peninsula
Eldborg volcanic crater on Snćfellsnes peninsula
Snćfellsnes peninsula
Snćfellsnes peninsula
Stykkishólmur on north side of Snćfellsnes peninsula, where ferry leaves for Flatey Island
Stykkishólmur on north side of Snćfellsnes peninsula, where ferry leaves for Flatey Island
Lutheran church at Stykkishólmur
Lutheran church at Stykkishólmur
National Theatre in Reykjavík
National Theatre in Reykjavík
National Theatre in Reykjavík
National Theatre in Reykjavík
Government House in Reykjavík
Government House in Reykjavík
Daughter's private parliament building, the Alţingi, in Reykjavík
Daughter's private parliament building, the Alţingi, in Reykjavík
The Alţingi Building in Reykjavík
The Alţingi Building in Reykjavík
City Hall in Reykjavík
City Hall in Reykjavík
City Hall in Reykjavík
City Hall in Reykjavík
Ducks in the Tjorn, Reykjavík
Ducks in the Tjorn, Reykjavík
City Hall in Reykjavík
City Hall in Reykjavík
The Tjörn, Reykjavík
The Tjörn, Reykjavík
Statue in Ingólfur Square, Reykjavík
Statue in Ingólfur Square, Reykjavík
Dinner at the Pearl, elegance surrounding the Reykjavík geothermal hot-water tanks
Dinner at the Pearl, elegance surrounding the Reykjavík geothermal hot-water tanks
Dinner at the Pearl, a rotating restaurant above Reykjavík
Dinner at the Pearl, a rotating restaurant above Reykjavík
Dinner at the Pearl
Dinner at the Pearl
View from the Pearl
View from the Pearl
View from the Pearl
View from the Pearl
Hótel Loftleiđir from the Pearl
Hótel Loftleiđir from the Pearl
Hótel Loftleiđir from the Pearl
Hótel Loftleiđir from the Pearl
Dinner at the Pearl
Dinner at the Pearl
Dinner at the Pearl
Dinner at the Pearl
View from the Pearl
View from the Pearl
Inside the Pearl restaurant
Inside the Pearl restaurant
Inside the Pearl
Inside the Pearl
Dinner at the Pearl
Dinner at the Pearl
View from the Pearl
View from the Pearl
View from the Pearl
View from the Pearl
View from the Pearl
View from the Pearl
View from the Pearl
View from the Pearl
Dinner at the Pearl
Dinner at the Pearl
Dinner at the Pearl
Dinner at the Pearl
Dinner at the Pearl
Dinner at the Pearl
View from the Pearl
View from the Pearl
Viking statue at the Pearl, contemplating violence
Viking statue at the Pearl, contemplating violence
Fountain at the Pearl
Fountain at the Pearl
Viking statue at the Pearl, contemplating violence
Viking statue at the Pearl, contemplating violence
Viking statue at the Pearl, contemplating violence
Viking statue at the Pearl, contemplating violence
Lunch at the Blue Lagoon (Bláa Lóniđ)
Lunch at the Blue Lagoon (Bláa Lóniđ)
Lunch at the Blue Lagoon (Bláa Lóniđ)
Lunch at the Blue Lagoon (Bláa Lóniđ)
Blue Lagoon (Bláa Lóniđ)
Blue Lagoon (Bláa Lóniđ)
Blue Lagoon (Bláa Lóniđ)
Blue Lagoon (Bláa Lóniđ)
Blue Lagoon (Bláa Lóniđ)
Blue Lagoon (Bláa Lóniđ)
Blue Lagoon (Bláa Lóniđ)
Blue Lagoon (Bláa Lóniđ)
Lunch at the Blue Lagoon (Bláa Lóniđ)
Lunch at the Blue Lagoon (Bláa Lóniđ)
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