Irregular Posts; Iceland

Sunday, September 7, 2014 Gud Dagnin, 17 years and I still remember the land and the landmarks and when/where the next should be. We landed in Keflavik on Friday, got some Iceland kruna ($1 US = 113 Ikr!! the most is 20,000 at once), picked up the small manual Hyundai i10 and set out for the city of Vik some three hours to the east. Nothing looks like Icland! The closest might be Labrador/Newfoundland perhaps some parts of Alaska near Denali Highway, or Churchill Manitoba. But the combo of lava plains and flows, ansd glaciers and volcanoes, and sheep and horses: nope no where else is like this. In July of 97, I was at Skaftafll (about 2 hrs east of Vik) with Earthwatch doing a hydrology study of the Skeidrajokul and the catastrophic jokulhaup of Nov 1996. The catastrophic eruption and glacial flood washed away a long one lane bridge on the only road . A temporary black sand road was built that had quicksand on each side. Signs warned you not to walk there. We did because we were doing survey work of the outflow plain and river channels. You would usually sink in amkle deep or up to your knees at worst. The first person to step on the sand quickened it and the second one sank in. OhYeah! I remember. The land still looks the same but there is a modern 2 lane bridge and dike work that our survey probably contributed data for. There are great sea stacks off Vik that now attract tour buses with people from far away. Many English, Japanese, and...