Hestvatn

A couple of days ago, we went on a hike along Hestvatn, the lake near the bottom of Hestfjall (Horse Mountain). It was a nice, relaxing hike, approximately four miles round trip in the Kiðjaberg area, and it was not as steep or strenuous as our other hikes. We spent...

Art and Human Ecology in Iceland

A professor once said, “If anyone asks you what human ecology is, tell them that you will give them an answer once they can give you a satisfying definition of art.” I still do not have a sufficient description of either, but Iceland is full of both art and human...

Þingvellir National Park

This week we visited Þingvellir National Park, one of Iceland’s most popular tourist attractions. For tourists, the park is probably most notably famous for its geological significance. Its rift valley marks the crest of the Mid-Atlantic Ridge and the boundary between...

Closing The Loop

When you place an aluminum can in the recycling bin, what happens to it? It is send to a factory that melts it down, and makes new products out of it, typically another aluminum can. What happens when you flush the toilet? Your waste is most likely sent to a treatment...

Icelandic Horses

Aside from the wondrous landscapes of mountains, hot springs, and waterfalls, Icelandic horses are about the most iconic thing to represent this country. Being in Sólheimar, there are many farms with horses nearby to visit and form a connection with these, most of the...

Northern Lights in Solheimar

One night, as we sat in the Solheimar hot pot under the stars, a few members of our group struck up a conversation with a caretaker who works in the town. We were talking to him about how we wanted to see the Northern Lights, as we had been in Iceland for almost a...