Certainly, travel is more than the seeing of sights; it is a change that goes on, deep and permanent, in the ideas of living.

Miriam Beard

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.

IcelandIceland is a volcanic island about the size of Kentucky with a population of roughly 400,000, three quarters of which live in Reykjavik.

IcelandThat means there are lots of wide open spaces here.

IcelandAs we move from place to place, there are significant landscape changes.  Volcanic lava is evident everywhere,

Icelandand in some areas in the north it resembles what I imagine the surface of the moon to look like.

IcelandThe textures are very different from what I am accustomed to seeing in Maine but equally interesting and lovely.

IcelandAlways there is water.  It  may be the ocean

Icelandor geothermal wells that provide steam which generates the island’s electricity.  Water temperatures may be in excess of 200 F.  That’s hot!!

IcelandOften the water spills over magnificent waterfalls.   Sometimes the water is dirty because of lava content

Icelandwhile in another location the water may be a lovely blue created by glacial runoff.

IcelandOn 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.

IcelandNot 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


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17 thoughts on “Iceland….Why Not?

  1. Iceland is on my bucket list….yours is a wonderful preview. Always fun traveling with you in person…or by blog!

  2. Gorgeous scenery~ the double rainbows take my breath away! I had no idea Iceland was such a short flight. My geography is so poor, I swear they didn’t teach it when I was in school in the dark ages. It was “social studies” and more about the economy and social conditions of independent countries, but not in relation to where they were. I’d like to think that’s why I’m so directionally impaired 🙂

  3. We have a winter visit planned here next year, we can fly directly from Amsterdam… Hopefully the days will not be so short that photography will be difficult… I’m hoping to see the aurora 🙂

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