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Background includes points of interest such as the city of Reykajavik, our camping arrangements, some of the sites visited, our walking, the visit to Ingolshofdi, open-air natural heated swimming pools, the natural supply of hot steam, the sheer isolation of so many individual settlements and the midnight sun. Nature in many parts of the island has little contact with human beings. Plants have adapted to the cold, quite dry climate. Birds can be approached easily and will sing through the midsummer nights. Whaling has been replaced by the tourist attraction of whale-watching.
Ice + Water reminds you that the landscape has been fashioned by the forces of snow, ice and water. The third largest icecap in the world, Vatnajokull, dominates the SE of the island. Powerful rivers fashion spectacular waterfalls and gorges. Geysers erupt and form pools surrounded by mineral deposits.
Fire and volcanic activity have created Iceland over the last 20 million years. All its rocks are volcanic and evidence of basalt pillars and lava flows abounds. The Mid-Atlantic Rift traverses the island and is the source of much of the volcanic activity including craters, mud pools and steaming fumaroles