We put on our harnesses and crampons (shoe spikes), ice axes in hand, and made our way up the steep start of the glacier. The things we saw there were amazing with the mountains above and the water below. we were able to see far beneath the ice, and to see remains of volcanoes from many years ago. we were allowed to drink from a stream which I did so very joyously. I believe that everyone had a quite a lovely time I couldn't stop smiling. although with all the layers I got hot up there but the time is spent couldn't have been better :)
lThingvellir national park is the site of a 1000 year old parliament and also the continental rift- an incredible confluence of interest and import for social and physical sciences. Here we are close to the Law Rock and Drowning Pool. Being this close to antiquity was really moving, as was seeing a geologic process that literally moves the world.
I had never been to a waterfall before and I didn't know what to expect. I also didn't know how wet I would get, I am glad I put on my waterproof gear. We were really excited because as we got closer to the waterfall we realized how big it really was. It towered high above us, soaking us the closer we got. It was a beautiful sight. The water poured down and we would be sprayed with water. We took many pictures of my first waterfall. For my second waterfall (on the same day) we saw a rainbow in front of it. The color got stronger as we approached and we got to walk behind it. We were dripping as we reached the bus. On the third day we saw two more waterfalls. One was an extra that the other groups didn't get to see since we missed two days. This was one of my favorite things about Iceland and it was an amazing sight.
Two cancelled flights, one overnight drive to D.C., an a five hour flight to Reykjavík, Iceland. We never gave up. At 2am we were greeted with big smiles, a great dinner, and surprisingly a moderately bright sky. While eating dinner we were briefed by our wonderful tour director Austin about the day ahead. Once we finished dinner, we were taken to our cabins, not too far from the dining area. We immediately felt at home. To the right there was a little kitchen and a table. To the left, two twin beds were positioned against the wall. In the back of the cabin were two rooms which both had two twin beds. All of the beds had duvets and fluffy pillows that kept us comfortable and warm in the cold Icelandic weather. Although we did not get much sleep, that was the first and best night we spent in Iceland.
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I really liked the people and the people that we met. Our guide and driver were great and went above and beyond for us. I'm going to miss how friendly everyone was too. It's amazing how an entire country can make you feel so welcome in the world.
We remain incredibly busy and are having an amazing time! These students are the absolute best. Updates to come- Hiking, Thingvellir, downtown fish and chips (with cake too big to finish), whale watching, and, for some, a brisk Reykjavik voyage!
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lots of student-written updates are coming! For now, everyone is enjoying desert in our lovely hotel. All best from Iceland!