Posts Tagged ‘Iceland’

The saga of fire and ice: now Iceland gets hit with a volcano.

Thursday, March 25th, 2010

Iceland: blowing a gasket.

Iceland: blowing a gasket.

Over the weekend, my beloved but shaky Iceland was hit with an erupting volcano, to the south of the country, near the massive Eyjafjallajokull glacier. The volcano forced an evacuation of 500 as the running lava hit ice and forced international flights to be routed around the billowing ash clouds. It’s only 120 miles from Keflavik airport. The danger is this relatively stable volcano will unleash the nearby Mt. Katla volcano, which is potentially much more powerful and lurking directly under ice. The two forces of nature colliding together could create massive flooding. My Icelandic friend, Joi, just sent me this incredible local video clip of the volcano that erupted this weekend. Amazing shots, both beautiful and eery. You don’t need to know Icelandic to appreciate the stunning images (after the ad). Check it out.

Nordlingafljot – one of my favorite salmon rivers in the world

Sunday, March 14th, 2010


One of my favorite salmon rivers in the world is the Nordlingafljot in Iceland, a gin-clear river rushing over volcanic rocks and tundra. I have spent many a wonder summer there catching salmon – stalking really, because only five rods are allowed to fish the nearly 15 miles of river, and you are really hunting the fish. Had many a beautiful eve fishing with a small fly and single-handed rod catching five or six silvery salmon between 8 and 20 pounds. If you are looking for an unforgettable fishing and walking vacation, check out this website. It’s in Icelandic, but if you like what you see, contact the man running the river, Johannes “Joi” Sigmarsson. Joi is an old friend, his email is on the last page of the website, and he is fluent in English. Tell him I sent you.

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