Believe me, there were plenty of greens and browns in Iceland,|
but somehow it seems to me that a different color-scheme is
called for. This is Geum rivale, the Water Avens.
As I said in the paragraph on the central travel page, I originally hadn’t been too enthusiastic about the idea of going to Iceland. But “prototype tour” means that it was a try-out for the introduction of a “Glaciers, Volcanos and Waterfalls” experience that would take in parts of Iceland I hadn’t come close to in 1969.
The pictures on my pages listed here were taken in various
dimensions, all really too large to show on pages like this
without shrinking them considerably. So I’ve made them
available for viewing in two sizes, “Big” and
“Small”, approximately 3072 pixels
in width (or height, if in portrait aspect) or 1536 pixels,
respectively. But in any case, if you’re interested in
the original picture, I’ll be happy to send the multi-meg
file by e-mail. My eddress can be found on my
In most cases, you get to see the Small version of an image by clicking on the thumbnail, and in the text or caption there will be links for viewing either the Big or Small version. In all cases, you return to where you were by clicking your “Back” button.
Each of my pages is keyed to Mark’s page of the same date, and you can go to his page by clicking on the icon that appears at the bottom right of your browser window.
I guess that a warning not to use Internet Explorer is getting less and less necessary these days. But I repeat it here: IE has not generally been compliant with browser standards, and it’s not supported for Macintosh any more, so I have no way of checking that these pages look right in IE. I do check their appearance in standard browsers like Firefox, Opera, and Safari, though.
It’s good that we didn’t delay, too, since it turned out that we were the last two to sign on to the tour. It happened that the dates of the tour fit very nicely with our hopes of going to Mark’s mother’s family reunion in Kentucky, so Mark cooked up an elaborate itinerary, conditioned somewhat by the fact that the only flights into Iceland from the United States are with Icelandair, and that line flies only from Boston, New York, and Seattle. So it was fly into Providence airport (via Cleveland); get picked up by the Greene RI family to stay there two nights and be given a lift to Logan; to Keflavík (the international airport serving Reykjavík); do the tour; fly from Keflavík to Boston on the return; do two nights in Greene (and get laundry done); then from Providence to Nashville (via Newark) to drive to Cadiz for the party; back to Nashville; and return home via Houston. That means ten airports total, if you include the two others in Iceland that were a part of the tour.
June 14 was our first day in Iceland, taking in a supplementary extension that we had decided to take advantage of. We visited (and got into!) the Blue Lagoon, and after checking into our hotel, we did a walking tour of Reykjavík. Read all about it.
June 15 was the first day of the tour proper, starting out in Reykjavík and ending in Hella, on the banks of the Rang River. On this day, we saw the three most famous attractions of Icelandic tourism, leaving the whole of the rest of the tour for things farther off the beaten track.
June 16, a busy day with so many intereseting snapshots that I’ve split it between two pages, a first, which takes up everything before our walk on a tongue of the great glacier Vatnajökull, and a second, devoted to the wonderful and exciting walk we had on the ice there.
June 18, a full day with lots of driving, distinguished by a visit to the glacial lagoon Jökulsárlón and a wonderful long walk descending to the village of Seyðisfjörður at the end of the day, but also featuring one of the most spectacular meals we had in all Iceland.
June 19, all day in Seyðisfjörður, except for the few who went on a relatively demanding walk with Erling. But Mark and I finished the day with a fine, fine dinner at our hotel’s restaurant.
June 20, Sunday, we stopped at three interesting places before our final destination of Mývatn. To the left, Lilja, the farmer at Sænautasel.
June 21, Monday, a day for waterfalls, and therefore ideal for me. Plus a most interesting and unusual geological remnant.
June 22 Tuesday, last day of the tour, very little walking, we fly back from Akureyri to Reykjavík instead.
In addition to these pages, there’s an Appendix, in which I touch on such topics as Icelandic food, my longterm interest in Iceland, details concerning my previous trip to Iceland, and peculiarities of the Icelandic language.