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Fluffin Puffin (by Alex)

by on August 9, 2013

[Today was our day to drive to the south coast and do outdoor adventures.  Unfortunately, it was also Iceland’s day to have a big North Atlantic rainstorm. We toughed it out and had lots of adventures — David]

Today, we went out of Rejykavik. We started by going to a waterfall that you could hike behind. You could see the “back side of water”. I really liked going behind the waterfall.



After that, we went to the Eyjafyallajokull volcano Visitor center. We saw a video done by one of the farms that was affected by the 2010 explosion. They were asked to leave their house 3 times. Also, over 100,000 flights were canceled, over a period of a month.


Third, we went to the Black Sand Beach. The sand at this beach was made of volcanic ash and rocks blown out of the volcano.


I liked the Basalt “Stacks” in the water. I also liked the rigid cliff edges.


Later, we saw Puffins. The Puffins live in the cracks in between the rocks that make cliffs way above the water. I liked the orange beaks.



Last, we went to a Glacier. I thought it was really cool that we got to walk on one.


This is what we did today.

P.S. The water was really rough at the beach


[Standing at the top of a 300-foot sheer cliff in 40-mph winds, with no handrail, to lean out and try to get pictures of puffins, was exciting…. –David]

P.P.S. The weather at the glacier was really cold and rainy.


P.P.P.S. Did you know that if horses line up in a queue and have the “south end of a northbound horse” facing towards the wind, means that a storm is coming?

[PS by David: This pitch for a partner by a farmer on a stack of hay bales was funny.


Hey ladies, the opportunity of a lifetime… live 2 hours from the nearest big town in a desolate landscape where a nice summer day has 40 mph winds and a rainstorm, and your nearest friends are 100 Iceland horses, 1,000 Iceland sheep and 10,000 puffins. Oh and by the way, you’re right next to an active volcano that is actually under a huge glacier, that when it blows creates catastrophic floods across your farm.]


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  1. Uncle Phil permalink

    Can’t wait to see the pics.
    Interesting that you thought the glacier was “cool.”
    Did you think the volcano was “hot?”
    PPPPPS. Did you know that the south end of a northbound horse looks like Uncle John?

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