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Old 11-11-2016, 09:56 AM
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Visit Iceland before it's too late

I want to share some (low pixels) photos of Iceland. This Nordic island country is defined by its dramatic landscape with volcanoes, geysers, hot springs, lava and massive glaciers. I cannot think of any place on earth that is so geologically dynamic and unstable. The North American and the Eurasian tectonic plates turbulent interactions formed Iceland. In a few million years perhaps the plates will separate Iceland into two land mass as the plates are drifting apart approximately 2 cm per year. The weather is unpredictable as well. When the gulf stream meets the cold arctic air over Iceland, violent strong wind, stormy weather occur throughout its entire four seasons. But, I was so awestruck with the changing landscape that this was my 2nd trip within the last 12 months. I spent 7 days driving Hwy 1 aka Ring Road, a road that goes around the island nation, and spent another 4 days in Akureyri and Reykjavik to recover from the drive. Although Ring Road is only 828 miles, side trips were necessary in order to see some of the popular landmarks. But, there were missed opportunities because of the windy cold wet weather and the short daylight hours in November made driving on secondary gravel roads alone seems like I was going nowhere. Early November was selected because I wanted to complete the tour before the winter season sets in, which would make the drive uneasy if not impossible. In the end, I put in a total of 1805 km (1122 miles) on the Toyota Yaris Live diesel (186.8 ISK/liter, about $6.36/gal). Needless to say, the car needed a pressure wash to remove the black lava dust and dirt from its exterior when it was returned to Alamo at KEF.

Not everyone knows about the beauty of Iceland, but since it recovered from the 2009 collapse of the banks, the volcanic eruption plume in 2010 disrupted flights from EU-USA, and a country of 330,000 people beating the invincible England 2-1 in 2016 Euro Cup put Iceland on the map. Iceland, however, is still a very expensive country to visit. Consider paying $3.50-$4.00 for their Bill Clinton (Aug 2004 UNICEF conference in Reykjavik) made famous hot dog at the N1 self served gas stations, $4.95 for 10 eggs, and about $16-$18 for a 6 pack of beer, you get the point that the cost of food is at least twice as much as in the USA. The travel industry is promoting its unique fire and ice landscape beauty heavily. In 2015, 242,805 Americans visited Iceland, and the rate is increasing exponentially. Shortage of hotels in the remote areas, people are turning homes into "guest houses". As a traveler, I am hoping that Iceland will not become a Disneyland or Yosemite on a summer weekend anytime soon. I can envision the Marriotts and the Hiltons standing tall along the Ring Road. So, enjoy the pictures. As you can see, I still have the country mostly to myself.

Edit: I was wondering with all the wind why I didn't see wind turbines while I was there. Well, the wind is so strong that the traditional turbine would be spinning too fast. Rather, a new wind turbine is designed (looks like your bathroom exhaust fan) from Iceland that is tough enough for the strongest gales.
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Old 11-11-2016, 10:31 AM
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Old 11-11-2016, 06:33 PM
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I'm scheduled to go to Iceland next month. I've never been so I'm looking forward to it.
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Old 11-11-2016, 06:35 PM
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The title of the thread made me think it was sinking into the ocean or something. Sounds like "before it's too late" means "before it loses its rustic charm"...?
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Old 11-14-2016, 06:29 PM
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The title of the thread made me think it was sinking into the ocean or something. Sounds like "before it's too late" means "before it loses its rustic charm"...?
The rustic appeal is still there, but you may have to wait your turn? Not unlike having to get a permit to hike the Sierras.

How about the full moon? It's still there. Suppose to be the closest to earth in years, but I was too late to include anything along the horizon for comparison.

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