Hidden Lessons

This waterfall, Svartifoss, is located in Skaftafell National Park in Southeast Iceland. The lava rock displayed here is composed of basalt, and is columnar due to the way it cooled from the volcanic eruption.   This is the breathtaking Skaftafellsjökull. It is...

Iceland Thoughts

Iceland has seen a major increase in tourism in the past few years, and the country is still trying to figure out how to deal with it effectively. This increase has led to much erosion, and we have seen many staircases and boardwalks put in to try to mitigate it. Most...

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...