As promised, after yesterday’s stupid Twitter pics, I thought I’d share some of my better photos from our Iceland trip. These are all nature shots, because frankly, this island is gorgeous and it’s the best thing to share with you since I can’t shove Icelandic food through the Internet for you to try.
Iceland is volcanic, and it’s also being pulled apart by the North American and European tectonic plates. So you have mountains and volcanoes and geothermal goodness, along with some beautiful springs and falls and streams.
What you don’t have is trees. Before the island was settled around 870 A.D., it was much more forested. A millennium of settlement, along with the need for shelter and warmth, pretty much decimated the forests. They’re working on reforesting the place, but it’s going to take time. Right now, most forests are barely taller than I am. A common joke here goes:
“What do you do if you get lost in an Icelandic forest?”
Anyway, it’s a gorgeous place. And without further commentary, here’s some pretty pictures.
And there you have it. I would say this trip was a resounding success for all involved. Kate found the Iceland Writers Retreat to be very much worthwhile, and the retreat organizers had the wonderful foresight to make arrangements for spouses and kids to come along for the fun stuff, like receptions at City Hall and the President’s house, literary events and sightseeing. The writers out there might want to check out next year’s retreat, and pretty much everybody who can afford it should think about making their way up here. Iceland is a remarkable place.