I was incredibly lucky to join my friend in Iceland last week, where she was completing a program with ARENA (Artic Remote Energy Networks Academy) by
learning about the renewable energy Iceland uses for heat and electricity. We had several brilliant guides who brought us to power plants, geothermal
greenhouses, and some of Iceland's most stunning attractions. I'll include a picture of our tourguide (a scientist, professor, and geothermal expert
among many other things), Pall, who was well versed in Iceland's history, and had a quirky sense of humor. I had such a great time! I had a few days
to explore the city, where I dropped by a bookstore for a fun conversation with the proprietor, stopped in a coffee shop/record store for some soup, a
couple of photography stores, and an enormous church which towers over Reykjavik, saw the Northern Lights, and had some great and intense
conversations (some about the social issues facing Native Inuit and Canadian 1st Nation tribes) with my friend's colleagues.
My friend and I then rented a car and spent a few nights in Fludir, a 2 hour drive, where we visited some farms (a flower greenhouse, tomato and
cucumber (and herb) farm, and mushroom farm with the most charming tour guide who gave us an impromptu tour after we had some fresh mushroom soup and
bread they serve.
Here's a layout of the island (39,769 mi²)
A few interesting facts about Iceland:
1. They are one of two (along with Costa Rica) countries in the world without an army.
2. Iceland's first Parlaiment was formed in year 930.
3. The country is run completely on renewable energy.
4. Icelanders are about %50 Celt, who were brought to the island as slaves.
5. Icelandic is the sole remaining derivitave of Norwegian; Norway now speaks a derivative of Danish.
6. Icelandic history includes Viking Sagas and Viking poets.
7. Population (in 2016) 334,252, and the majority live in the capital city Reykjavik.
8. The country has less than one murder per year.
9. The weather changes frequently, but the temperature doesn't vary greatly, with an average range of 11 C (52F) in July to 0 C (32 F) in January.
10. The water is plentiful, pumped into radiators to heat the buildings, and delicious cold right out of the faucet.
So want to see some pictures? It was so hard to pick some over others, and I have about 1000
Here's the group (ARENA) representing Alaska, Canada, Greenland and Norway:
Our brilliant teacher/tour guide (he also treated my friend- pictured- and I to a delicious gourmet meal at a fish market):
A Power Plant we visited:
A picture I snapped from the tower of the church in Reykjavik:
A mural in town:
A walk by the water:
I'll give you a moment to take these in and then we'll get to the really amazing stuff! Enjoy!
edit on 16-11-2017 by zosimov because: (no reason given)