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Iceland

Ah, Iceland


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I've spent the longest daylight hours of 2013 in Iceland. I think even the birds get confused. At 1 AM on June 22, they were tweeting as if it were 5 AM. I don't think they got any rest - just like the locals, who party all night and at 9 AM are no where to be found.
1 AM June 22, 2013

1 AM June 22, 2013

Iceland is wonderful and charming. Iceland Air has a direct route from Denver and then on to many other cities in Europe. I can imagine this as a layover spot for other journeys.
Houses Across the pond

Houses Across the pond

I had a suburban apartment - at first I was a little dismayed at the location, but I was provided with a bike and a bus that ran every 30 minutes. I had no trouble getting anywhere I wanted to go and managed to see all the scenery while I rode. It was also quite easy to load the bike on the bus to go even further and see more sights. I recommend getting a day pass for the city bus system and skipping the Hop On/Off bus.
Riding into Reyjkavik

Riding into Reyjkavik


Bike Path into the Heart of Reykjavik

Bike Path into the Heart of Reykjavik


Only in Iceland - Fish Stew

Only in Iceland - Fish Stew


I took a ferry ride across the bay to Videy Island. In the 1700s, the seat of the Danish Treasurer and around the turn of the 20th century a thriving village for producing salt fish. All went bottom up in 1941 and nothing remains except the restored Treasurer's home, the last school, and a few foundations. Also- this is the spot for Yoko Ono's Imagine Peace Tower.
My Bike on Ferry to Vidney

My Bike on Ferry to Vidney


Feather and Foundation

Feather and Foundation

Flag Over Vidney Island

Flag Over Vidney Island

Reyjkavik Through the Window

Reyjkavik Through the Window


Vidney Island Lunch

Vidney Island Lunch


While riding my bike, I stumbled on three people around my age. This man had been one of the final residents to leave the island with his family in 1941 when he was 11 years old. They were preparing for a reunion of residents to be held on June 22. He said not many people show up for the reunions any more. I can imagine that few former residents are still alive - my grandson has not been to the place where I was born, so I can understand that few grandchildren would be coming here for a reunion.
Former Vidney Resident

Former Vidney Resident

There are several museums and galleries in Reykjavik. The food is good. The people are friendly. Everything is very expensive.
New and Old

New and Old


Sculputre Museum on the Sea

Sculputre Museum on the Sea

Scene along the Path

Scene along the Path


Amid the Wildflowers

Amid the Wildflowers

Dancing

Dancing


I took a horse ride. I had hoped for the midnight ride in daylight, but it was fully booked. Instead, I took the morning ride. It was pleasant, but the psuedo craters we rode to were rather a disappointment. The land had been greatly excavated for many years to produce road surface material. Only recently, they realized they were damaging rare materials - supposedly, this is found only in Iceland and on Mars! Therefore, you ride through devastated terrain and a million strange flies.
Also, these rather small horses are an Iceland breed that have a special gait not found in other horse breeds. They were pleasant to ride and my first experience on English style.
Ready to Ride

Ready to Ride

My Little Pony

My Little Pony

back rest

back rest

EVERYONE goes to the Blue Lagoon. There is a very efficient bus system that can pick you up and deliver you to/from the airport for long layovers or when you are leaving Reykjavik.
Me in the Blue Lagoon

Me in the Blue Lagoon


Blue Lagoon through the Window

Blue Lagoon through the Window

Blue Lagoon Buffet

Blue Lagoon Buffet


Blue Lagoon 3

Blue Lagoon 3

This is a shot from my window on Iceland Air flight as we passed between Greenland and Canada.
Ice in the Ocean

Ice in the Ocean

Posted by pscotterly 15:48 Archived in Iceland Comments (0)

What Time Is It?

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I arrived in Reykjavik, Iceland yesterday afternoon around 3 PM from Helsinki, Finland. It was very cold and raining.
I think there is a three hour time difference between these two locations. I think the flight took 35 hours
There is no clock in my apartment. I have no phone.
The clocks on my computer, camera, Sony Reader, and MP3 are each set at different time zones between Denver to Azerbaijan, Russia, Helsinki.
I walked to the a store and bought some supplies for dinner.
I am still in the land of the midnight sun. Here is the view of my apartment when I was cooking dinner.

Apt in Iceland

Apt in Iceland


I went to bed and slept for a long time. I feel quite rested.
Here is a view of the sky now that I am awake.
Looks about the same as before I went to sleep.

Iceland Sky 24 7

Iceland Sky 24 7

I asked Google what time it is right now in Reykjavik and learned it is 3:37. As everything seems quiet around me, I am assuming it is AM and not PM. I am also assuming I slept my usual six hours and not 20.

Posted by pscotterly 21:39 Archived in Iceland Comments (1)

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