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... locations across the island. Recent sequencing of the current Icelandic population's mitochondria and Y-chromosomes has shown that 62% of women are of British heritage and 80% of men of Scandinavian heritage. Genetic material is now being extracted from the teeth of some 130 skeletons of pagan Icelanders (viz., Icelanders who died between 870CE and 1000CE) to validate the sequencing.
In 1000CE, Christianity was adopted by law and paganism succumbed quickly. ...
... we were REALLY hard up.
After dinner we went out to the town of Bolungarvik. It is north of Isafjordur and is the second largest town in the West Fjords. Between the two towns lies a steep mountainside where avalanches and landslides often occur completely cutting Bolungarvik off from everything. In 2005 it was decided by the Icelandic government to build a tunnel to connect the ...
... reached Dynjandi (known as the Thunderer in translation). This is one awesome waterfall or rather waterfalls. Where Yosemite Falls has Upper, Middle and Lower, this one has many more levels each with their own distinct names. From the parking lot up to the bottom of the top fall is about 500' of hiking up. It shares another trait with Yosemite's Mist Trail -- lots of spray in the air. A number of my pictures turned ...
... came to dine together. It was really nice and I got to meet more of their family and talk to them. All the types of fish were delicious too, and they made me try every kind. I was so full! Maria, Björg's granddaughter messaged me on facebook and invited me to hang out with her and some of her friends in Ísafjörður. I went there and I had so much fun hanging out with people my age. At first people were shy to talk to me, but after they drank a few beers they ...
... played guitar and sang together. It was so much fun.
On Saturday I slept in until noon. It was great. Björg and I went to a memorial for the ships that hit underwater bombs just outside of the town during the second world war. It was a beautiful ceremony and there was a huge coast guard ship that shot of cannons. The weather was fierce and I experience horizontal rain. We were right on a cliff over the ocean too which was exciting. The wind was so strong that ...
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