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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 Eirķksson (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 Reykjavķk, 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 Hśsavķk, I took pictures of whales at 11 pm by existing light!

Many thanks to Magnśs 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 Magnśs on the Internet Chess Club (ICC) as we both watched "the robot" Grandmaster Hannes Hlķfar Stefįnsson whip eight players in a row to win the 2002 Iceland chess championship (Magnśs'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 Magnśs 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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Signboard at Žykkvibęr
Signboard at Žykkvibęr
Rocks stacked by travellers for good luck at Laufskįlavarša
Rocks stacked by travellers for good luck at Laufskįlavarša
Daughter & Misook stacking rocks at Laufskįlavarša
Daughter & Misook stacking rocks at Laufskįlavarša
Stacked rocks at Laufskįlavarša
Stacked rocks at Laufskįlavarša
Signboard at Laufskįlavarša
Signboard at Laufskįlavarša
Stacked rocks at Laufskįlavarša
Stacked rocks at Laufskįlavarša
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 Fjaršargljśfur gorge in southeast
Signboard at Fjaršargljśfur gorge in southeast
Moss-covered lava field at Fjaršargljśfur
Moss-covered lava field at Fjaršargljśfur
Moss-covered lava field at Fjaršargljśfur
Moss-covered lava field at Fjaršargljśfur
Moss-covered lava field at Fjaršargljśfur
Moss-covered lava field at Fjaršargljśfur
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