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July 27, Akureyri, Iceland

Iceland is a beautiful and interesting country. It is quite unlike anywhere I have been. It has liberal values and policies like other Scandinavian countries but is a bit disorganized about handling issues and achieving its goals. The Icelandic people are grateful for the booming tourism industry as they were on the verge of bankruptcy after the financial crisis of 2008. They are trying very hard to get their infrastructure up to speed to handle the huge influx of visitors to their country. In some cases I think they find it a bit overwhelming.
Today we took a small group tour of this area of Iceland. Over the course of the day we saw a variety of landscapes and geological features and learned about the history, politics, culture and daily life of Iceland. We left port at 5 pm and had a slow cruise out of the fjord viewing several whales as we travelled. It is impossible to get pictures of them because they surface unexpectedly and then are gone right away.

Here are some pictures of our day (except for the whale watching)

First stop on our tour was Godafoss waterfall.
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This is Lake Myvatn which is surrounded by volcanic craters
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These unusual rock formations, at an area called Dimmuborgir, were formed from lava
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This is at an area where the North American and European tectonic plates meet, a very moon like landscape but with steam vents and bubbling volcanic mud pools
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Our lunch stop was at a mineral spa. We didn't go in but some on our tour did. We will be going to the Blue Lagoon outside of Reykjavik instead.
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Our tour concluded with a short city tour of the older area of Akureyri

Posted by linfays 23:14 Archived in Iceland

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