The Saga Begins

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If my website does this correctly you will be receiving at the approximate time in which my flight is to depart.  At this very moment my plane should be airborne traveling to an altitude of approximately 38,000 feet.

Today I am onboard Icelandair's flight from Minneapolis to Reykjavik, Iceland for what is sure to produce one fairly interesting saga of my own. Sagas are epic tales originating from the ancient Vikings about ancient Scandinavian and Germanic history. Most detail the migration to Iceland and feuds between the Icelandic families. These tales are often written poetically, in Old Norse language, in alliterative verses embedded in the text, of heroic deeds of the days long gone.


So why choose Iceland? Well I have not one simple answer for you other than it is a place that I have always wanted to visit. A tiny Island at the northern reaches of the Atlantic Ocean with approximately 300,000 people living there; most of which live in the capital city of Reykjavik. There is not the same sense of historical purpose which I have most frequently included in my recent travels. There are no Egyptian Pyramids or Mayan Temples; there are no Hindu Deities or weird, iconic religions. Aside from a few lost Viking sites, the primary reason for visiting Iceland is for the natural aspect of it. I have come very close to this land during the approximately 50 times that I have crossed the Atlantic, yet, have never actually landed here. So it will be a treat.

As we dig deeper into Iceland we will learn that Iceland or officially the Republic of Iceland is a country located in the "scandinavian" region of Northern Europe, which as of April 2008 had an estimated population of 316,000 people. It is a country located on the Mid-Atlantic Ridge and is, by all considerations, both volcanically and geologically active. Most recently, in May of this year, there was an earthquake which rattled the region around Selfoss, just southeast of Reykjavik. The geologic changes are most closely associated with the Mid-Atlantic Ridge pulling apart at an approximate rate of 2 cm per year (the North American and Eurasian plates are pulling apart).

It is believed that Iceland was first settled in 874 when a Norweigan chieftain Ingólfur Arnarson became the first permanent Norweigan settler on the island.

Today, Iceland has some of the world's highest levels of economic and civil freedoms. As of 2007, Iceland is the most developed country in the world with fellow Nordic country Norway according to Human Development Index. It is also the most egalitarian. Iceland is a member of the United Nations, NATO, EEA and OECD, but they are not a member of the European Union. The official currency is the Icelandic Króna¡ (ISK).

So, with this brief spot of information on Iceland sit back, relax and in approximately 6.5 hours my flight will land at Keflavik International Airport where my saga begins as I travel through the land of Fire and Ice..... stay tuned.



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I am very passionate about traveling. My goal is to visit as many places and experience as many things as I can during my short journey on this earth.