Iceland: It’s the landscape

In brewing Olympia Beer, “It’s the water.” Touring Iceland, you’ll also learn that “It’s the water,” from snaking fjords, to boiling springs and spouting geysers. It’s also much more.

In what other country can you see the sights above along with volcanoes, glaciers, and lava fields, and most of these sights from the roadside? Not that I’d recommend staying in your car. If you did, you’d miss being covered by spray from Europe’s largest waterfall and jets of steam hissing from hot springs, and you’d fail to see the Strokkur Geysir spurting 66 feet in the air every four to five minutes. Take your own armchair tour with the photos below.


Gullfoss waterfall

peninsula rock

Snaefellsness Peninsula






glacier that erupted

farmhouse below Eyjafjallajokull: site of 2010 eruption


Strokkur Geysir



moss-covered lava field


boiling mud








volcanic colorscape: Nordurland Eystra





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I retired June 30, 2010 after working for 40 years in the field of education and most recently doing school public relations/community outreach in a mid-size urban school district. I wrote for superintendents and school board members. Now I'm writing for me and I hope for you. In this blog, I offer my own views coupled with the latest research on how to preserve our physical and mental health as we age, delve into issues most of us over 50 can relate to like noticing wrinkles and forgetting where we left our keys, discuss the pros and cons of different ways to engage our minds and bodies after we leave the workplace, and throw in an occasional book review, all peppered with a touch of humor, irony, and just plain silliness.
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4 Responses to Iceland: It’s the landscape

  1. Shirley Shimada says:

    There is more variety than I would expect, and that farm house looks rather lonely out there by itself. I remember the Eyjafjallajokull volcano in 2010. Its dust and stuff delayed our return to Seattle by 12 hours in May of 2010

    • ann oxrieder says:

      After seeing a movie about the family that lived — and still lives — in a farm under the volcano and what they went through when the lava and ash started flowing, we came to appreciate that the travel problems caused by the volcano were small compared to the problems of people who lived through it.

  2. Love the pictures, especially that crater!

  3. Mary Pat Byrne says:

    Beautiful shots. So, tell me, did you school yourself on how to pronounce Icelandic names? Does not look like anything you can just sound out…

    Looking forward to seeing you next week.

    Sent from my iPad


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