All the Way There; And Back Again

Trip Start Sep 03, 2009
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Trip End Sep 12, 2009


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Flag of Iceland  , West,
Sunday, September 20, 2009

This will be the last entry. I realized that it didn't sound like we DID a lot while in Iceland. Also, I realize that I have a number of good pictures left that didn't get into any of the other entries.

As far as the doing goes, our package included the rental car to drive the Ring Road--and that's what we did. We had decided beforehand not to add on extra tours or some of the more strenuous activities. So we did what we do best, we went, we observed, we read about the history, culture and geology. We appreciated the incredibly dynamic forces at work in this place. It is always super interesting to be somewhere where the geology is moving at break-neck speed (you know, geologically speaking!). While in the Colorado Plateau area of Utah, Arizona and Colorado a few years ago, we really enjoyed reading from the Roadside Geology book as we drove along. We wish someone would do one of these in Iceland. The guide book we had was pretty good in this regard, but we always had more questions than the book could answer.

We also loved observing Icelandic agriculture. Being from a rural state that prides itself on small-scale agriculture, we were fascinated trying to piece together the story of how Icelandic farms operate. Fishing, sheep rearing, horse breeding and dairying seem to be the mainstays of Icelandic agriculture. I've already mentioned the vegetable greenhouses in the area around Hveragethi. The only vegetables grown are cucumbers, tomatoes and green peppers (probably lettuce too, but no one mentioned it.) Everything else is imported. So what we were seeing out in the countryside was pretty much it--sheep, horses, dairy cows and hayfields.

I like to travel to learn things and I learned a lot in Iceland. I also was in awe of the spectacular landscape in the south and the east. We still haven't mastered the limits of the camera we were using, and I wish that some of our pictures were better. In a place like Iceland a true wide-angle lens would have been useful.

So to wrap this up I'm going to write extensive captions for the rest of the photos. Click on the first picture in this entry and that will open up the album that goes with this. At the bottom right you can just use the "next" button to go through the pictures and read the captions.

We had a great time and would love to go back.

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