Trip Start Aug 30, 2007
15Trip End Sep 30, 2007
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One thing that's helpful...and you'd really appreciate this Sam, is the weather monitoring that goes on here. Life and movement in Iceland is directed by the weather. So, for example, if you're planning on crossing the 'SANDUR' or sand delta at the base of the glacier, there is a weather station monitoring conditions in the middle of it. And that info is relayed to a public billboard at the start of the sandur so you can decide if you really want to take it on. It shows wind speed, temp, and how many people passed that way during the past hour. These weather stations are at the mid-points of most mountain passes and other challenging places. And often they're located alongside of a little orange hut with an emergency phone within.
Driving along, seeing the grass roofed huts next to the modern farmhouses that look very similar to one another, I think of Stina who said that globalization brought Iceland into modern day living, and she's thankful for that
And back to the cost of food...we've already established that Iceland is expensive...no need to belabor that fact...however, another example. Stop at a gas station...look inside for snacks, maybe lunch...well lunch at the gas stations counter would have cost 1820 Kronur....that's about $29.00. Per person! Nothing fancy certainly. Totally blows my mind...so we're mostly not eating now...Jude, the crackers are gone...so are the granola bars and peanut butter...still working on the farina, it's a staple...but we had to break down and buy a sandwich for dinner...I think the pounds perhaps are dropping off?
Today is a drive along the southern coast....a hike up to glaciers...I've never before seen the beauty of the melting edge (check out the photos), and then the lagoon...listening to the glacier crack off and float down the lagoon and into the ocean...majestic...the photos can only begin to suggest the strength of the landscape we saw today..
Then we're driving around the fjords on the east side of Iceland...these fjords - U shaped glacially formed valleys that lead to the ocean - are long U's...some of them are 20 miles up one side...and the same distance down the other...and on the water side of the road, of course, there's a steep drop...to the water...our little Yaris speeding over these roads at dusk/night resulted in some anxiety dreams...for example, Licia was trying to cut my hair and red ants kept biting my head and dripping off me...better than the dream about veering off into the fjord...but we didn't and we're still cruising around Iceland.