I went to Iceland about two years ago. We visited the Westmann Island…a little town called Heimaey. Its former claim to fame was when a volcanic rift opened up and the lava almost covered the whole town and threatened to close off the harbor. They used high pressure hoses to douse the lava and saved their harbor.
You can take a tour of a volcano there. The ground is still steaming and feels warm on the surface. Below the surface, it’s hot!
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Now, it’s best known as the place where they brought Keiko (Free Willy) the orca.
We also walked all around Rejkyavik. Neat place. We took a trip to the Blue Lagoon. (Geothermally heated swimming pool–think: yummy sulfur dioxide aroma)
Much of Iceland looks like the surface of the moon: barren, broken rock…especially on the drive in from Keflavik airport to Rejkyavik.
The Viking village replicas were pretty cool.
No visa needed if you’re a US citizen with a valid passport.
There are lots of other things to do and see: the original Geyser (where the name originated), glaciers, horseback riding, hiking, plenty of waterfalls, salmon fishing.
The Icelanders were pretty nice. A bit reserved, but nice.
Just for fun, look at the names in the phone book. They use the system where, if Lars Magnusson has a son named Eric, then the son’s name is Eric Larsson.
Three days, maybe…depends on how much you want to see and do.