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Iceland Your Inner Viking Is Calling!

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a photographic banquet created from nine trips in seven years, sprinkled with a generous amount of passion.

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Iceland Your Inner Viking Is Calling!

  1. 1. ICELANDYour Inner Viking is Calling!<br />
  2. 2. The Flag<br />
  3. 3. 66 degrees north latitude and a mere four and a half hours from Boston lies our closet European neighbor….ICELAND<br />
  4. 4. Iceland is roughly the size of Kentucky and is home to 300,000 residents, 180,000 of which live in the capital Reykjavik. The people of Iceland have made this land their home for 1,000 years. They can only live along the edges of the country. The interior is uninhabitable, a vast wasteland of glaciers, volcanoes, raging rivers, and utter nothingness. With all life clinging to its edges one might wonder why would anybody choose to live here? <br />
  5. 5. Two Reasons: Geysir and Gullfoss<br />
  6. 6. This photographic presentation will take us along Iceland’s Ring Road with a pit stop in the Western Fjords. I have visited Iceland nine times (so far), mostly in October when the weather can get a bit dicey. I call these trips my primer for winter driving in Connecticut. Sprinkled among the October shots will be some March and a few in May. Although most tourists prefer the never ending days of a summer visit, my favorite time is winter when I feel as though I have been invited to the biggest private party on the planet. The Northern Lights dazzle, outdoor swimming is otherworldly, and you have those wonderful Icelanders all to yourself. <br />
  7. 7. Thingvellir with Geysir and Gullfoss makes up Iceland’s Golden Circle, a must for any first time visitor<br />
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  14. 14. The South<br />
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  20. 20. The East<br />
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  29. 29. The North<br />
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  31. 31. Dettifoss is the most powerful waterfall in Europe<br />
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  34. 34. A few words about the Icelandic (don’t call me a pony) Horse:<br />Every Icelandic Horse is a descendant of the original Viking Horse. It is one of the purest breeds in the world.<br />When an Icelandic Horse leaves Iceland, it can never return. No horse can be brought into Iceland.<br />The Icelandic Horse is naturally gaited. It possesses five gaits: walk, trot, canter, pace, and the gait which defines this breed, the tolt. Tolt is the Rolls Royce of trots and can be fast or slow. To prove how smooth it is, a rider will tolt while holding a large mug of beer and never spill a drop. <br />
  35. 35. Myvatn<br />
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  40. 40. The Best Smoked Trout:Smoked in Sheep Dung!<br />
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  42. 42. These little balls of algae are only found in Myvatn, a lake in Estonia, and another lake in Japan.They are lovingly known as s**t balls.<br />
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  44. 44. Wonderful Museums<br />
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  51. 51. Njamafell Geothermal Field<br />
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  54. 54. Husavik<br />
  55. 55. Godafoss<br />
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  57. 57. Akureyri<br />
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  66. 66. We Head West to Remote Skagafjordur<br />
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  70. 70. The West<br />
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  76. 76. The Western Fjords<br />
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  92. 92. The Snaefellnes Peninsula<br />
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  97. 97. Reykjavik<br />
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  100. 100. The Best Damned Hot Dog in the World<br />
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  109. 109. Great Café Culture, World Class Restaurants<br />
  110. 110. Powered by Geothermal Energy<br />
  111. 111. Geothermal Greenhouses <br />
  112. 112. The Reykjanes Peninsula<br />
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  116. 116. The Blue Lagoon<br />
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  121. 121. Your Inner Viking is Calling…….ANSWER IT!!!!<br /> THE END<br />

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