Iceland is the country that I chose for my entry in the Challenge to Travel Blog Hop. I hope that you find the country as interesting as I do!
Iceland is a fascinating and diverse country...one that I've always wanted to visit! In high school, I was assigned to do a book report about the country of Iceland, so I learned, at 16, about a radically different country and culture and became very interested in going for a visit. Alas! This has so far not happened...and I'm well past my teen years! :) This is why I pick Iceland for my country of travel. Please read on to find out some of the unique facts about a very 'cool' place!...pun intended!
|An Icelandic sunrise.|
|The Icelandic Flag.|
of a plateau characterized by sand and lava fields, mountains and glaciers, while
many glacial rivers flow to the sea through the lowlands. Iceland is warmed by
the Gulf Stream and has a temperate climate despite a high latitude just
outside the Arctic Circle.
|Eyjafjallajökull glacier, one of the smallest glaciers of Iceland.|
Geologically, Iceland is part of the Mid-Atlantic Ridge, a ridge along which
the oceanic crust spreads and forms new oceanic crust. This part of the mid-ocean ridge is located above a mantle plume, causing Iceland to be subaerial (above the surface of the sea). The ridge marks the boundary between the Eurasian and North American Plates, and Iceland was created by rifting and accretion through volcanism along the ridge.
I was inspired by the pictures that I have seen on Icelandic landscape to create my necklace and earring set. The fire opal crystal rounds reminded me of the red hot molten lava, in the many eruptions that have taken place there, where as, the Tektite nuggets are reminiscence of the lava after it has cooled. The donuts of Mexican Zebra Jasper that I chose represent what I think of when I saw pictures of the glaciers, the white in them, of the snow and ice and the black, of the rock. I also incorporated clear crystal chips to reflect the abundance of water seen in many of the pictures of Iceland.
Gunmetal Rolo chain was used to make the necklace adjustable from 18" to 21"
A close up...
Many fjords punctuate Iceland's 4,970 km long coastline, which is also where
most settlements are situated. The island's interior, the Highlands of Iceland, is a
cold and uninhabitable combination of sand, mountains and lava fields. A geologically young land, Iceland is located on both the Iceland hotspot and the Mid-Atlantic Ridge, which runs right through it.
|Eyjafjallajökull major eruption, photo taken May 10, 2010|
This location means that the island is highly geologically active with many volcanoes, notably Hekla, Eldgjá, Herðubreið and Eldfell. The volcanic eruption of Laki in 1783–1784 caused a famine that killed nearly a quarter of the island's population; the eruption caused dust clouds and haze to appear over most of Europe and parts of Asia and Africa for several months afterward.
|The Arctic Fox was the only indigenous mammal in Iceland prior to the arrival of human.|
the ocean waters surrounding Iceland, and the fishing industry is a major part of Iceland's economy, accounting for approximately half of the country's total
|An Icelandic horse and a geothermal pool.|
Icelandic culture has its roots in Norse traditions. The country's cultural heritage
includes traditional Icelandic cuisine, poetry, and the medieval Icelanders' sagas. Centuries of isolation have helped to insulate the country's Nordic culture from external influence; a prominent example is the preservation of the Icelandic language, which remains the closest to Old Norse out of any other Scandinavian language except Faroese.
|An page of Njáls saga from Möðruvallabók. The sagas are a significant part of the Icelandic heritage.|
|A typical Þorramatur assortment!|
Þorramatur is a selection of traditional cuisine consisting of many dishes, and is usually consumed around the month of Þorri, which begins on the first Friday after 19 January. Traditional dishes also include skyr, hákarl (cured shark), cured ram, singed sheep heads, and black pudding.
I hope that you have enjoyed learning a tiny bit of information about the country of Iceland and seeing some pictures that represent it.
**All facts and pictures about Iceland have come from Wikipedia.