Iceland

Iceland, December 2021

Although I didn’t know it at the time, Teddy (my brain tumor), was with me then.

I have had the great fortune of travelling all over the world.  Without my brain tumor, Teddy.  Although Teddy is now with me, I still am planning trips.  We’ll see. 

Over Winter Break I went to Iceland to enjoy Christmas time in Reykjavik and join five other teachers to explore the countryside.  The main purpose of going in the winter, however, was to maximize my chances of seeing the Aurora Borealis.  And I did!  Although I didn’t know it at the time, Teddy was with me then.

Above is the Blue Lagoon. I entered the water when it was pitch black (9:00 am, Winter Solstice), cold wind blowing, hot steam coming up — very eerie.

The photo on the left shows the Oslo Christmas Tree (an annual gift from Norway) and Reykjavik Cathedral. This is at 10:00 am in the morning. On the right is Hofdi House where Reagan and Gorbachev met. (Perhaps we need them back!) Click on any photo to see the full image.

Upper left: Bessastaoir, where the President lives.  Minimal security! Lower left: Icelandic Horse. Upper Right: Breakfast at my hotel, complete with Icelandic cod liver oil. Lower right: Sun Voyager Sculpture and the Harbor.

Upper left: Colorful corrugated iron homes. Upper right: Hallgrimskirja, the big Lutheran Church. Lower left: Traditional Iceland Plate (mashed fish, smoked trout, smoked lamb, dried fish, fermented shark). The dessert was better! Lower right: Christmas is a special time in Reykjavik with many of the Icelandic legends on full display.

Hot dog stands are very popular. Made of lamb, the hot dogs are quite good!

The Lake near City Hall, Reykjavik, Christmas Eve afternoon.

Christmas Day/ Birthday whale watch: White Beaked Dolphins.

Humpback Whale

For the rest of my stay, I joined five other teachers for a trip out into the countryside. Photo on left: First stop: Raufarholshellir Lava Tube.  This is where I realized I was having severe balance issues… Right: Geyser – area with the original hot-water spout for which all other geysers are named

Thingvellier National Park, where the Norther American and Eurasian tectonic plates are shifting apart

Pals at my inn.

Seljalandsfoss

 Gulfoss

 This photo of the countryside came out looking like a painting

And the reason for travelling to Iceland in the winter….to maximize the chances of seeing the Northern Lights.  Success!

 The Aurora Borealis.  Yay!!!!!