It really is true that the Vikings, in their wisdom, named Greenland and Iceland backwards to keep people from invading their Icelandic turf. While I didn't find Iceland actually GREEN, it has a far milder climate than one would suppose. I have always thought of the landscape as primeval, raw beauty.
I had a wonderful time there, in part because it's just plain fabulous to be there, but mostly because of the group of women who came on the tour. What a cohesive, lovely bunch! We had a grand time, laughing and knitting!
But I digress! I got off the plane that first day with a super dose of jet lag. Ragga and her darling daughter met me at the airport...
Ragga and her daughter
...and after eating a bit of breakfast there, whisked me off to the Blue Lagoon. I had been there once before so I knew what I was in for: an acre wide hot tub experience without the nasty chemicals. The bar at the side didn't hurt either! Oh that water was wonderful. I would search for a hot spot and stay there till it was too much, then wander off to a warm setting.
The Blue Lagoon
After meeting up with everyone, we went out for dinner as a group one night and had wonderful sea food!
Our group out for dinner in Reykjavik: (L to R) Liz, Me, Colleen, Deb, Betty, Janice and Janice, Cynthia, and Sandy!
We spent some time in Reykjavik and then took a tour bus up to a lodge (Gauksmyri) where I taught my class on the Swedish North Halland sweater. Below (L to R) are Liz, Colleen, and Cynthia working on their little sweaters. Later on, Cynthia and Liz both rode those small but majestic Icelandic horses and had a ball!
Knitting at the lodge
Betty, Deb, and Janice are working hard on their North Halland sweaters.
Janice is having a good time. Check out her beautiful socks!
Janice took a photo of me fondling the Icelandic fleece. Yes, it came home with me!
Another day, we visited Gudrun, who teaches botany at the University, and loves to dye with natural dyes, collecting her own plants. Here are some of her lovely yarns:
She gave us a wonderful talk. You can buy her luscious yarns on Etsy here!
Gudrun Bjarnadottir, dyer
We went to a grocery store. I love to visit them in other countries because you learn so much about a culture by the food they eat. I was surprised to find Ben & Jerry's ice cream (from Vermont!) At 1,398 kroner, these pints cost the equivalent of $11.65. Everything is expensive is Iceland because it all must be imported.
Here is dried fish, which is apparently a popular snack food in Iceland. We had some, with butter and it almost tasted like lobster! I thought it was great!
More to come on Iceland!