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    Posted September 7, 2011 by
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    Iceland: Ethereal island in Europe

    Summer in Iceland


    1. On a 6 week trip to Iceland this summer with the Snorri Program, our group spent one night in Stykkishólmur on the Snæfellsnes peninsula. A midnight walk up the hill in the harbor gave us our first good view of the moon in over 5 weeks.


    2. Climbing Sandfell with my cousin on Iceland's East Coast will remain one of my favorite memories from my trip this summer. It was a rough climb, but the view from the top was worth every step.


    3. A split minute decision to drive to Skálanes was one of many surprise adventures I got to have in Iceland this summer. This remote area was one of the most beautiful that I saw, and the most fun to get to, with foggy mountain passes to cross, and small rivers to fjord in my cousin's SUV.


    4. South of Lagarfljót in East Iceland, an impressive cloud bank started to cover up the mountain as we drove through the valley.


    5. Ísafjörður is the largest town in the breathtaking West Fjords of Iceland. I recommend a stop at Gamla Bakaríið for top notch pastries.


    6. Climbing Mt. Esja, just outside of Reykjavik was a real bonding experience for the members of the Snorri Program. Most of us were raised on and around flat land and weren't quite sure how we would fare climbing a mountain.


    7. Kerið is a volcanic crater lake near the Golden Circle sites (Geysir, Gullfoss, and Þingvellir) and is well worth a stop on your way back towards Reykjavik.


    8. Gullfoss is probably the most impressive of the Golden Circle sites. Like most places in Iceland there are few, if any, warning signs about getting too close to the edge of a dangerous spot. In fact, here the edge of the waterfall is roped off by an ankle height rope that looks like it is meant to trip people rather than keep them safe.


    9. Strokkur is the geyser that actually erupts at Geysir, another stop on the popular Golden Circle tour. Watch to make sure you're either downwind of Strokkur or wearing a raincoat on days when there is a stiff breeze.


    10. Þingvellir, the site of the oldest Parliament in the world. The most interesting things to see here (not always in an uplifting way) include the Drowning Pool and the Law Rock, where important rulings and laws were announced.  The Alþing (parliament) was established here in 930AD.

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