By Sandy Weddle
Four Days before we had to leave to fly home we left for the mainland to spend time at Laugarvatn a summer house located in Reykjarskogur . While on the Main Island we saw the Continental Divide, geysers, A Geothermal Energy Plant, the Blue Lagoon and the City of Reykjavik
In 2003 we returned and this time we toured the entire main island. We have been to Selfloss, see the beautiful fall at Seljalandsfoss and visited a small village called Yik. We were impressed when we saw the largest Glacier in Europe and then saw chunks of ice that had broken off at Jokulsarlon and were told they were floating out to sea. We drove on to Hallormsstadur which the road was steep and with loose grave, what an experience that was! Saw Geysers and it smelled like Sulfur, but it was spectacular. Have seen some of the most beautiful waterfalls and the area where Neil Armstrong and other astronauts practice walking on the moon. We went to Akureyri and then to see this old village which was built in 1800 and was used by Bishops and their families. That was interesting to see some of the tools and the way they lived back then. There was a church and a graveyard. The hose was built underground and was very cool inside. We got to tour a Water Shed were we leaved that the river water was used to produce electricity. We were surprised to see so many sheep; there were every where, even on the roads. WE also saw the Icelandic horse and learned a lot about them and that no other horses are allowed in Iceland as to preserve the quality of the Icelandic horse.
We have eaten some of the best meals and met the nicest people on our visits. We are very fortunate to have such close friend and have them show us their country. They were the best tour guides.
You have a magnificent country and anyone who gets the chance should visit. We will return.
Who would have thought that by having an exchange student over 20 years ago we would now claim her as our daughter and her family our family. Visiting one of the most interesting and beautiful countries in the world has been just wonderful.