Articles tagged as Iceland
Gardening in Iceland - The Climate Challenge|
By Rannveig on March 17, 2010
Gardening in Iceland is a challenge; I think that is what I like about it. I find it exciting to try out new plants to see how they will manage in our unique climate. Many plants that "looked good on paper" do not do well, while others that were unlikely to succeed do for some reason.
A volcano erupts in Iceland|
By Rannveig on March 25, 2010
Just before midnight on Saturday, March 20th 2010 a volcanic fissure opened on a mountain pass between two glacier covered volcanos in the south of Iceland. The fissure is located near one of Iceland's most popular hiking trails in an area that hasn't seen any volcanic activity for several thousand years. It's been described as a small and tidy tourist eruption. But if it triggers an eruption in the mighty Katla volcano nearby, there won’t be anything small or tidy about that.
By Rannveig on April 23, 2010
This was the greeting of the day as Icelanders celebrated the first day of summer yesterday. It's a national holiday and children receive summer gifts. Celebrating the beginning of summer when the temperature is still in the 30's might seem exceedingly optimistic. But according to the Old Norse calendar, there were only two seasons, 6 months of winter and 6 months of summer.
A second volcanic eruption in Iceland wreaks major havoc around the world.|
By Rannveig on April 21, 2010
Less than 48 hours after the spectacular Fimmvörðuháls eruption ended, another one started in the main crater of the nearby Eyjafjallajökull glacier, which last erupted 190 years ago in 1821. This is not a tourist eruption and there's nothing pretty about it. It's wreaked havoc around the world as most airports in northern Europe closed because of the enormous cloud of ash that swept across the continent.
Iceland's Independence Day - June 17|
By Rannveig on June 20, 2010
June 17, we celebrate our independence day here in Iceland. On this date in 1944, Iceland became a republic and severed all ties with its former ruler, the King of Denmark. It was the end of a very peaceful independence battle, quite possibly the most peaceful in world history; an independence battle fought with pens instead of swords.