Monday, October 12, 2015

The Wildlife of Iceland

Iceland awaits for the explorer inside all of us.  Channel your inner Lewis & Clark or your Hiram Bingham and get ready for the adventure of a lifetime. Over a hundred volcanos dot the landscape.  Monstrous glaciers.  Lava flows as far as the eye can see.  Bubbling hot springs.  Steam vents shooting forth sulphur based gases that remind you of the worst rotten eggs you have ever smelt in your life.  Geyser's launching high into the air.  Apocalyptic scenes beyond your wildest imagination.  That is Iceland my friends.

For thirteen days I circled the entire island.  I saw spectacular waterfalls around almost every bend.  Blasting geysers. Geothermal fields that looked like something from the end of times with hissing steam vents and bubbling hot pools of mineral water.  Glaciers that looked like tidal waves of ice careening down high valleys.

Oh and did I mention wildlife?  The island doesn't have a wide diversity of wildlife, but what it has will wow you.  The most beautiful horses on the planet. That is saying something coming from someone living in the heart of cutting horse country, but the Icelandic horses are something special.