This blog is about my travels. At home in New Zealand, in other parts of Oceania, North, Central and South America and in Europe.
Iceland has a lot of geothermal activity because it is located on a rift between between two tectonic plates. A lot of its energy and hot water comes from geothermal energy and they also grow a lot of their vegetables in geothermally heated glasshouses in winter.
Then we headed off to the huge Gullfoss waterfall. There has been some talk of turning this into a hydro power station, but environmental campaigners are against it. People in Iceland seem very proud and protective of their natural heritage.
The weather was so snowy we had to turn back early, and it snowed heavily for the last couple of days. I went to the local hot pools each day. There are 170 hot pools in Iceland, and it is a big part of the local culture. It is quite lovely to soak in one as the snow falls down softly!
I also visited the local museums. It turns out Iceland was settled by human beings relatively recently. The first people to Iceland were Irish priests looking for solitude. Then the Vikings arrived. Life was really hard for a long time, and people measured their age in winters.
Iceland was an amazing, beautiful place and is certainly well worth a visit!
I am a traveller from New Zealand. My blog is to inform friends and family about my adventures. I hope you enjoy it!