Wednesday, May 31, 2006

Baby just loves his pacifier

There once was a little boy who met a dog.
The dog had a passion for pacifiers.

The dog being the bigger and stronger of the two,
he ended up with the pacifier.

Not unnaturally, the child was in tears,
but the dog was as happy as a lark.

Tuesday, May 30, 2006

Icelandic trolls

There are many stories about trolls in Icelandic folklore, often night trolls that got caught by the dawn and turned to stone. It may be the reason why we are so good at seeing faces and humanoid shapes in the innumerable natural pillars and rock formations that litter the landscape.

This rock, which has now sadly fallen into the sea, was called “the troll woman”. According to the folktale she was waiting for her husband to come home from a fishing expedition, but he never came and she turned to stone.

This formation, which looks kind of like an old man, was situated right down by the sea near the old troll lady, but I have not been able to locate it again, so it may have succumbed to the sea.

This is one of the most famous rock formation by lake Mývatn in north-eastern Iceland. If there are stories of it being petrified trolls, I haven't heard them, but stand close to the rock (if you can stand the swarms of midges) and you will see faces in the lava.

Sunday, May 28, 2006

Iceland Golden Circle photos

The Golden Circle is a popular day tour for tourists in Iceland and also a popular Sunday drive for Icelanders. These are the main sites visited on the tour:

The Geysir geothermal area. Here is the geyser Strokkur ("The Churn") spouting.

Gullfoss, the golden waterfall. According to legend, there is supposed to be a chest full of gold behind the main waterfall.

Þingvellir. This is a national park and has a special place in the hearts of all Icelanders, as it is the place where Parliament met for hundreds of years and where the the founding of the republic of Iceland was declared in 1944.

Of the best sights on the tour, only the lovely lava crater Kerið is missing.