Daughter of Fire

Trip Start May 08, 2009
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Trip End Jun 29, 2009


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Flag of Iceland  , Strandasysla,
Thursday, May 21, 2009


No breakfast at the hotel today. Yesterday in Dalvik there was smoked Cod roe in a tube - very strange, like toothpaste. Today we nibbled crackers and bananas and ate Skyr from the grocery store reserve. Senica and his tribe say 'Lets go! We have a peninsula to conquer!"
We are nearing the end of our honeymoon adventure. Only three days left. It's hard to plan and keep track of which day we had to be where. We don't want to be too far form Keflavik but we don't want to be too close and run the risk of not having a place to stay. It is time to start conserving and restoring our energy for our return home.
Daughter of Fire: Portrait of Iceland - A great factual read about how Iceland was formed through a battle between water and fire (oceanic volcanoes) Katharine Sherman describes the land formation with scientific details in cluding how small sea creatures found their way into the porous crevices of lava rock, fish came to feed on the small red organism (sometimes the sea was red with them!) and then birds came for the fish. The circle of life began!
It's like a new world on this young island. I was reading about the Westman Island (Surety) that was recently formed in 1963 and also the volcanic dangers that still affect this ever changing (growing and receding) island.
I also read about the Vikings. Going 'a-Viking' is like a 'walk about' as Vik means Bay and most voyagers departed via the sea. Explorers and travellers were often harsh, family loyalty was paramount, as was brawn and courage. "On his biking, or free booting, by ship to foreign parts, a grand tour to gain experience in the warrior ways" p 75.

1350hrs on Thursday we hit the road. The dust on this car is just nuts! We saw another car that had written "made in Svetin" on the back. If the gravel roads continue and we get a tick layer of dust like that, I want to write "Just Married" on the back of our car.
We just spotted ice floating on one of the fjords. Apparently 500 polar bears have come from Greenland icebergs since the year 870. The landed on Icelandic shores in 2008. They were killed. Why are they not indigenous here? There are seals enough for them. Imagine what those ocean crossing animals must have experienced!
In my book, I read that seventy-eight years after a bird was documented, it went extinct. It's island collapsed into the sea, so the bird migrated to another island. The population dwindled. The last two birds were found and Icelanders smashed the egg and killed the birds to sell. The species is gone.
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