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My Trip to Iceland

View of ReykjavikEven though I’ve shared my pictures with you, I wanted to tell you more about Iceland. To begin with, it is a large island covering 103,000 square kilometers. That’s slightly smaller than England. It sits alone in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean, and it was formed by magma from the middle of the earth. Iceland is called the Island of Fire and Ice because of the volcanoes and glaciers. Only 11% is actually covered by ice! The rest of the island has farms and green grasslands, although we didn’t see much green in January! Iceland is considered to be part of Europe, not of North America, but because of its culture, economic and language similarities, it is also included in Scandinavia. The Viking

We spent most of our time in the capital city of Reykjavik, which is the world’s most northern national capital. The population of Iceland is about 310,o00, and more than 190,000 of Icelanders live in Reykjavik and its metropolitan area. Because Reykjavik is only slightly south of the Arctic Circle, it receives only four hours of daylight a day in the winter! It was almost 11:00 a.m. before we saw daylight! (In the summer, however, the nights are almost as bright as the days!)

It isn’t as cold in Reykjavik as you might think. Just like our location on Lake Michigan, Reykjavik’s coastal weather is moderated by the warm waters of the Gulf Stream. It is very windy and rainy though. They have an average of 213 rainy days every year, and we saw plenty of rain, wind and snow during our visit!

Iceland is a geological hot spot with many volcanoes and geysers.Geysers Over 99% of the country’s electricity is produced from hydropower and geothermal energy. That means that the people who live in Iceland have cheap hot water and home heating. We never ran out of hot waters for our showers, and we were never cold inside any of the apartments, stores, and other places we visited.

One windy, cold, snowy day we took the “Golden Circle Tour” and saw nature in all its might and glory. Geyser!We saw and walked right up to the geyser Strokkur, along with a series of other hot springs. The water was boiling up from the earth. The waterfall Gulfoss, Gulfosslocked in ice, reminded me of crystal. WaterfallIt was amazing, and we were so cold in the bitter winds that we could hardly keep our hats on! The sights and elements literally took our breath away! Cold! On our drive back we took pictures of the Icelandic horses (if they ever leave the island, they can not come back.)Islandic horses

It was very expensive to buy anything in Iceland. The primary currency is the Icelandic Krona (ISK). One dollar is worth about 66 Krona. We bought a few things, but my nephew was shocked when he went to a McDonald’s and paid about $15 for breakfast one morning! Krona Everything was two to three times more expensive than in the U.S.

Fireworks – New Year’s Eve New Year’s Eve in Iceland is crazy! Any adult may purchase and use fireworks for a number of days during the New Year. They spend lots of money on fireworks, and the city lit up with what some consider “the biggest fireworks display in the world.” My family was shocked at the lack of safety rules during this time. We were surrounding by fireworks going off everywhere! The entire evening sounded like a war zone!!! Celebrating New Year’s Eve in Reykjavik

The Blue LagoonAnother of my favorite things, was going to the Blue Lagoon, a combination of steam and ice right in the middle of cold and jagged lava fields. It is actually a lake of geothermal heated water. We were in the lagoon while it snowed and pelted us with ice. I loved it, and stayed in for a couple of hours.

My sisters & I Of course, the best part of the whole trip was being with about 25 members of my family for my nephew David’s wedding. David has been working as an engineer in Iceland for Bectel. He met his bride, Lina, while working there. Lina is a beautiful young lady, and we enjoyed meeting all of her family and friends. David & Lina The wedding was a wonderful celebration and party joining two countries! We stayed in apartments in Reykjavik and used two 15-passenger vans for our travel. This trip was definitely one of those one-in-a-lifetime type things!

(If you want to view the complete slideshow, email me at lmcconville@sjschools.org and I’ll send you the website.)

8 Responses to “My Trip to Iceland”

  1. That sounds fun!!!!!!I want to go there!

  2. Wow at was really long. It sounds like an interesting place.I’d like to go there :).

  3. Mrs. McConville how was your trip to Iceland.

  4. I wish I could have went there with you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  5. Mrs.Mc
    That sound so cool. you’ve had fun going to other countries.it must have been cold thare.

    Carey

  6. That sounded like a really interesting trip. I don’t really like coldness. But it did sound fun!! I really do like fireworks! Have a great weekend!

    Jenna 🙂 😉 😀

  7. Sorry about that! It said classwork not Jenna!!!!!! 🙂

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