Certainly, travel is more than the seeing of sights; it is a change that goes on, deep and permanent, in the ideas of living.
Why go to Iceland? Because it’s there and it’s only 5 hours from Boston which is probably as close as we are going to get.
Iceland is a volcanic island about the size of Kentucky with a population of roughly 400,000, three quarters of which live in Reykjavik.
That means there are lots of wide open spaces here.
As we move from place to place, there are significant landscape changes. Volcanic lava is evident everywhere,
and in some areas in the north it resembles what I imagine the surface of the moon to look like.
The textures are very different from what I am accustomed to seeing in Maine but equally interesting and lovely.
Always there is water. It may be the ocean
or geothermal wells that provide steam which generates the island’s electricity. Water temperatures may be in excess of 200 F. That’s hot!!
Often the water spills over magnificent waterfalls. Sometimes the water is dirty because of lava content
while in another location the water may be a lovely blue created by glacial runoff.
On a beautiful, sunny day you might even be lucky enough to see a rainbow that is caused by the moisture kicked up by the power of the tumbling water. We were that lucky, and I can’t begin to tell you what a magnificent sight this was. I felt in the presence of a powerful and great mystery.
Not all water is so energetic. It may be quiet and clear evoking peacefulness.
There is much more to Iceland, and as I sort through my thoughts I will introduce you to its wonder. I hope you will enjoy the adventure.
i so appreciate your visit and the comments you leave behind
The Places I’ve Been