This summer, my husband and I visited Iceland,
a country with sprawling glaciers and sputtering geysers.
One of the most spectacular sites was Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon–
formed from the meltwaters of Breiðamerkurjökull Glacier.
As the glacier shrinks, the lagoon grows.
We sped past icebergs that have split off from the melting glacier.
This ice is over 1000 years old!
Melting glacials mean waterfalls–and they are abundant!
You can walk behind Seljalandsfoss, but be ready to get wet.
Gljufrabui Waterfall or “canyon dweller’ is a short walk from Seljalandsfoss. We found it hidden in a cave. But first we had to navigate a path of slippery rocks.
One drizzly day, we visited Faxi Waterfall.
The purple Lupine decorating its banks is a member of the pea family.
There are more than 700 geothermal areas in Iceland.
Beautifully colored bacteria live in hot springs,
where underground heat brings the water to its boiling point.
We bought some geothermal apple bread that had been baked in the warm ground.
Geothermal energy provides more than 80%
of Iceland’s heat and hot water.
In Reykjavík, sidewalks stay snow-free–
heated by underground hot springs.
In a few weeks I will post Part II of our Icelandic adventure.
Meanwhile, I look forward to the new school year
and to meeting you in the classroom.
Keep reading and writing!
Program/author visit video:
SCHOOL PROGRAM / AUTHOR VISIT VIDEO