The Geyser in Geysir (Iceland)


It was a cold and blustery October day! Our tour bus had stopped at a desolate site where a huddled group of visitors had lined up, cameras at the ready, all anxiously waiting. Then suddenly it happened!

Perhaps by now you’ve guessed what these people were waiting for. Right after I took this photo, I rushed to the spot where they were gathered, in order to click away another pair of images, nature’s resounding announcement, “Awesome!”

The Norsemen, popularly known now as the Vikings, swept out of Scandinavia and colonized the Northern Atlantic Island of Iceland between AD 870 and 930. From there they also sailed to Greenland (ironically covered in far more ice than Greenland), and then by AD 1000 established an outpost in Nova Scotia. Almost 500 years before Columbus discovered the New World, the Viking Leif Erickson already had a settlement. North America and its natives, and Greenland and its lack of fertile ground, however, discouraged the Vikings from staying. In Iceland the population is almost all homogeneous in its Norse genes, and they still speak a brand of the original language closer to the original Norse, than do the Scandinavians of Norway, Sweden and Denmark.

Geologically, Iceland, is located on the mid-Atlantic Ridge, where a continuous seam or fissure on the planet, witnesses the birth of new land. Tectonic plates gliding over the surface of the earth, separate as magma oozes out between the tectonic plates. Then in other regions, in subduction zones, the surface plunges into the planets in deep fissures. Thus in places the plates undergo separation and in other places collision.

The magnificent islands of French Polynesia and the American islands of Hawaii, all located on the mid-Pacific ridge, were similarly created by volcanic activity. The earth’s surface grows on these ridges, but then —> Read More