Iceland (In Pictures)

I wholeheartedly believe in the magical property of words, their incredible ability to transport readers from black and white symbols to living, breathing worlds gushing with color, shape, and texture.

There are, however, moments that are impossible to capture, impossible to reproduce. Writers can’t describe them. Photographers can’t freeze them. They’re elusive.

Even so, we continue to try.

Last week, my nine-person class, Iceland: Vikings & Sagas, traveled to Reykjavík, Iceland. We walked in the footsteps of the Vikings, swam in the Blue Lagoon, toured multiple museums, marveled at geysers, and looked up in awe at giant snow-covered mountains.

Bright sunlight illuminated sparkling white snow. Sharp winds whipped my hair and turned my ears pink, chilling me to the core. Geysers shot high into the air, producing a moving rain shower that caused tourists to scatter. Icelandic horses tölted as my classmates and I tried desperately to remain in the saddle.

I smile when I think of my experiences in Iceland and I laugh when I think of my instructor, Janis, herding all nine of us into one spot and calling us her “little Vikings.”

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View from the van while on the Golden Circle Tour
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View of the mountains at Thingvellir National Park
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Janis leads a group of students along a path at Thingvellir National Park
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A clear geyser near Strokkur steams
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Students from my class (myself included) tried fermented shark, a national dish, at a Saturday flea market
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The flea market included a host of unusual knickknacks at booths throughout an old warehouse-style building
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Jen observes an art piece at the Culture House, an art museum housed in an old, restored building in Reykjavik
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A female Viking’s flesh, preserved because of its contact with a metal brooch, is displayed at the National Museum of Iceland
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Reykjavik as viewed from the Hallgrimskirkja church
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Graffiti in Reykjavik
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The class stopped at a geyser on the way back from the Settlement Center
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Students pose for a photo while riding Icelandic horses
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2 thoughts on “Iceland (In Pictures)

  1. Do you remember reading about the return of the Puffins in Reykjavik, Iceland in third grade? I wish I could remember the name of the story but one of the characters was pronounced Hatla with a much different spelling.

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