Iceland July 2018

Tuesday July 3,2018 G’Morning,                Reykjavik; after 2 decades, the old part of the city looks much the same.  Old places visited are still there doing the same thing.  The city is expanding outward into the lava fields to the east.  I must say the short blocky condo buildings look drab compared to the colorful old style.  Prices have continued to climb, especially for hotels.  For our overnight, we booked into Hostel International Downtown.  It is a couple blocks up from the harbor and where we disembarked from the ship.  Even this hostel wanted $75 EACH for a bunk in a ten bed dormitory, including breakfast and wifi.  We upgraded to a private for room for a another $25 each.  It did have kitchen privileges but we weren’t staying long enough to take advantage..  The cliental is not “youth” any longer.  People in the lounge area were the full spectrum of ages from 20-somes to gray haired oldsters.  I don’t know about the other new HI hostel in town but this old ones was cheaper, nice, comfortable, and convenient to old town and harbor. Did I mention that the persistent low pressure weather stayed with us?  It did.  We did have a short break on arrival but drizzle and spotty light rain returned and stayed through our departure to the airport on Tuesday afternoon.  No rain pants but the waterproof jackets were welcome. We had two meals in town. One in the plaza that had the LARGE outdoor TV screen for World Cup games (Spain lost to Russia while we ate).  A typical meal of fresh fish and a...

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...