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Iceland's Natural Wonders

By | August 7, 2014

Our return to Reykjavík was highlighted by a visit to the geothermal area at Hvera Gerði, including the unusual glass floor at the shopping center that allowed us to peer deep into the fissure over which the building was constructed. We also drove through the geothermal wellfield where steam is collected for the Hellisheiði geothermal power plant. Back in the city we visited the highlights along the waterfront before enjoying an exquisite lobster bisque at a restaurant on the harbor. An afternoon talk by television personality Egill Helgason about the 2008 economic collapse rounded out the formal part of our Adventure in Iceland. In the evening, some people chose to go to a comedy show at Harpa, the beautiful concert hall on the harbor, while others went to the Blue Lagoon or explored the bustling night life of the city.

People spread out to visit the Settlement Museum, National Museum, Art Museum, Saga Museum, Blue Lagoon, City Hall, and shopping areas in the light drizzle of our free day in the city. Our farewell dinner at Einar Ben Restaurant, in the city center, not far from the hotel, was a fine, although bittersweet, ending to our Iceland adventure together.

Interested in seeing more of Iceland's natural treasures? Embark on your own Adventure in Iceland!

Jim Reynolds

Jim Reynolds is Professor of Geology at Brevard College, teaching all Geology courses and a section of Introductory Environmental Science. Since 1984, his research has focused on the uplift of the Andes in Argentina, Chile, and Bolivia and the geology of the Caribbean Plate. Jim has led international geological field trips since 1996. He made his first trip to Iceland in 1996 with a student group from the Netherlands. Since then, he has returned four times, leading student groups for the Geological Society of America and for Brevard College. Jim is an ardent environmentalist and a strong advocate for environmental issues. As a field-oriented scientist and educator, Jim is very enthusiastic to provide outdoor and hands-on learning experiences.

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