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“Welcome to Iceland. Don’t like the weather? Wait 5 minutes.” (by Alex)

by on August 7, 2013

Yesterday, we toured around Reyjavik.

We started by looking at the sun ship statue (near the harbour). The artist said it is not a viking ship but you can think it is whatever you want it to be.  Mom thought it looked like fish bones, Anna thought it looked like a narwhal with big spiky unicorn horns poking out, and Dad and I both thought it looked like a viking ship.

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We went to the big church in town. It is very new and it looks like it was made out of Minecraft blocks.

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Then, we drove to the open air farm museum. For fun they had little carts that somebody pushed and the other person drove with ropes. Anna drove while I pushed, and vice-versa.

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After the carts, we got a tour of the old buildings. The first building was a church. The men sat on the right, the women on the left. If anyone was in trouble they would sit facing toward the men, next to the preacher. If you were over the age of 12, and female, you would sit at the front, facing toward the people. This meant that you were ready to get married, and the boys could look at the selection.

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Next we looked at the houses. The first one we saw was two stories. This design was used because the animals lived on the first floor heat of the animals would rise up into the bedroom. Also, the kitchens in all of the houses had waffle irons that could turn over, and locked when not in the regular position.

The second house had a turf roof. It looked like a hill.

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The third, and final house, was a fish cooker’s house, known as a fish house. Hence the name, the house smelled like fish (not a pleasant smell). It had wood for the walls, with tar over it, so the weather would not effect it.

At night we went to the Blue Lagoon, a very hot pool full of blue smelly water.

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Today, we went on “The Golden Circle Tour”. The first stop was a small waterfall. It looked like a mini Niagara, and had a fish ladder on the side. I liked how the water was almost still right before the waterfall.

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The second stop was the horses. The horses were Icelandic (which means that they are also small). There were 5 adults and 5 ponies. We even got to feed the horses bagels. One horse would push the bagel out of your hand and eat it from the ground.

Third, we saw a Geyser. It erupted every 3-6 minutes with water (before cooled by the air) at 80-100°C. I really liked the geyser.

After that, we saw Gullfoss (a large waterfall). We even got to stand on a rock where you got sprayed by the mist from the waterfall (this waterfall did not have a fish ladder).

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Our last stop was out of the continent. We got to go to the North American continent, and tectonic plate. We walked from North America, down (on a ledge), all the way to “No Man’s Land”, a place that is in the gap between North America and Europe/Asia. I thought it was really cool to be on the North American plate, while we were in Iceland.

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This is what we did today and yesterday.

P.S. The quote in the title is a marketing slogan for Iceland. The weather does feel like it changes every five minutes though.

 

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One Comment
  1. Uncle Phil permalink

    I vote for a “giant, ugly, hairy monster for the first picture.”
    Oh, wait–never mind, it’s your dad.
    Let me change that to a giant centipied with trident stingers.

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