Saturday, August 2, 2008

The city of Reykjavik

Our final day was spent in the capital city of Iceland, Reykjavik, which means "Smokey Bay". We did a morning tour and most of the city does not open until at least 10 to 12 am. But locals do sty out the night before until 4 to 5 am. I guess they must sleep some time. It is a small city, but 70 % of the population of Iceland is located here. Even at that, it is still roughly the size of Tulsa. This is a statue of Lieff Ericsson, the explorer credited with the discovery of Iceland.

This house has an interesting past. It was the house where Reagan and Gorbachev had their famous summit that began the end of the Cold War era. It was almost torn down, but some small groups fought to preserve it.

This was the fmous hot dog stand shown in the Food Channel show by Andrew Zimmer. We did have a lamb hot dog there.

The last science lesson for the trip. This is one of several posts erectd by geologist, Alfred Wegener in the 1930's. I'm sure all of my former students remember who he was. As a refresher, he was credited with proving the theory of plate tectonics. Most of the proof of this theory came from research in Iceland.


emmieo said...

that is such an amazing place

Jon said...

Mabe we can send Edward to Iceland!!!

madelyn said...