Iceland Travels

August 1st, 2010 | Posted by paul in Uncategorized

I’m in the northern part of Iceland right now doing a Vivation training, and the place here is spectacular and beautiful, fantastically green and desolate. Although it’s one of the greenest places I’ve ever been, there are almost no trees. To change this Icelanders have over the last 30 years been planting trees all over the country. I saw over a million trees fully mature trees spread out over several square kilometers near Akureyri. It was an impressive sight to see a regrown forest that wasn’t there 30 years earlier! I’ve taken almost 400 pictures so far… too many to share (so I’ve put them up on Facebook). In Sauðárkrókur, where I’m staying, the whole town goes to the beach to June 20/21 to watch the sun almost set, then rise back up again for a day that never ends. It’s 24 hours of daylight, and the first day of summer. This “afternoon” party starts around 9pm and goes to 6am. They watch as the sun goes half-way below the ocean horizon before rising again into the “morning” sky.

Me above Sauðárkrókur, on the far north of Iceland, almost exactly on the Arctic Circle.

Me above Sauðárkrókur, on the far north of Iceland, almost exactly on the Arctic Circle. It looks like it’s 3 in the afternoon, but this shot was taken around 8 pm!

Here I am sitting inside the most amazing complex foliage, it's like a huge and complex bed of sponge like greeness. I don't know what the name of the species is, but it's very soft. Around me are growing millions of "artic" berries, what Icelanders call very berry berrry. They taste like a super blueberry! Yum!

Here I am sitting on the most amazing bed of soft fern like foliage. It’s hard to describe, but it’s like green leaf sponge.I have no idea what it’s called. Within a few hundred feet of me are millions of “artic” berries, what Icelanders call very berry berrries. They taste like a super blueberry! Yum!

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