Thursday, June 3, 2010

Iceland: the Golden Circle

This is the Kerith crater that was formed from an explosion from lava going over a pool of cool water. The water was a pretty bluish green color. This is a lawn mower here in Iceland. Notice it has no wheels. It just skids along the grass. You hold on to a rope and lower it down the hill, then pull it back up. Travis thought this was pretty interesting.
There are lots of huge lava rock in Iceland.
This is at pingvallir, which is a place where the early settlers met to make executive decisions for the country. The path we are on is the mid-Atlantic ridge, where Europe and America were at one time joined. Iceland is the only country that has land on the ridge. It's not often you can be stepping on two continents at the same time.
This is one of many cool waterfalls. It is named Laxifoss.
This is the strokkur geyser. It is the 4th largest geyser in the world, coming in right after Old Faithful. It errupts every 5 to 8 minutes. Here is Travis and my mom.
Strokkur, just starting to erupt.

These waterfalls are called gullfoss. They were beautiful.

Here is Sharon, with her mom and dad, and gullfoss in the back.

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