Happy Earth Week!
“In every walk with nature one receives far more than he seeks.” – John Muir
Earth Week Day Two
I recently spent 5 days in Iceland; exploring the capital, Reykjavik, as well as the upper inlands of the Southern half of the country, along with the South Coast village of Vik. If I had to describe the country in one word, it would be “magical”. As you may or may not be aware, I embarked solo. Click here to learn more about my solo female Europe trip!
Iceland Fun Facts
- Located in the North Atlantic ocean in the Mid-Atlantic Ridge, south of the Arctic Circle.
- The country lies on the continent divide. Half of the country lies on the Eurasian tectonic plate, and the other half lies on the North American tectonic plate
- Geothermal energy supplies hot water to all Reykjavik, the capital.
- There are many glaciers. Glacier rivers form and can change direction at any time. That is what makes glacier rivers different from regular rivers we normally see.
- The country’s population is about 340,000 people with about 150,000 living in Reykjavik, the country’s capital.
- The name Reykjavik means Smokey Bay (Reykja = smokey/steamy, Vik = bay)
- Temperatures are normally moderate all year due because of the Gulf Stream. The weather is generally very unpredictable.
- Icelandic is a Nordic language and is one of the oldest living languages in Europe.
- The first settlers were Irish monks who were looking for a new place to pray. They landed in Iceland and wanted to use it for prayer since it was uninhabited; a perfect place for meditation. Vikings from Norway/British Isles discovered the country on accident after a storm pushed them into it. The Irish monks then left when the Vikings stayed.
- Arctic foxes have been in Iceland since the beginning. They possibly came from Greenland. In the winter they are white and in the spring they turn colors to either brown or grey.
- Many roads are curved and windy. This is because many Icelander’s believe in elves and they build the roads around the elves homes which are mounds of grass and dirt.
- Leading nation in the fishing industry which contributes largely to the country’s wealth.
Here are some pictures I took in Iceland. The pictures were taken in downtown Reykjavik, Vik (South Coast), Þingvellir National Park, Geysir hot springs, and Gulfoss and Skogafoss (waterfalls).
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