Today Ruth and I visited southern Iceland. The scenery was spectacular as we journeyed past lava fields, volcanos and glaciers despite the wind and rain being mostly present. This made taking pictures a bit of a challenge in some places.
One obvious feature of Reynisfjara was the rocky sea stacks sitting off the
shoreline, known as Reynisdrangar.
According to local folklore, these large basalt columns were once trolls
trying to pull ships from the ocean to shore. However, these trolls were dim and went out
too late in the night; dawn broke on the horizon, turning the trolls into solid
After lunch we went to see the Mýrdalsjökull Glacier
which is the fourth largest glacier in Iceland, about 600 km2. The part of the glacier covering the caldera
of the powerful Katla volcano is about 750 meters of ice. Katla is very active and has erupted on
average once every 60 years. The last eruption was in 1918. Katla is very powerful and, during her
eruptions, brings huge amounts of melted glacier ice in a very short time. This causes huge glacier floods which
jeopardises local settlements.
We made a short stop to look at an Icelandic turf
house. These turf houses would have a
large foundation made of flat stones.
Upon this was built a wooden frame which would hold the load of the
turf. The turf would then be fitted
around the frame in blocks