October 3rd, 2019

armyboy

Ísafjörður

Walking around Ísafjörður (ice fjord) a town in western Iceland in addition to the small village we saw a rustic area with nice waterfalls and streams. We did get some entertainlment when we went into a church.

The area was first settled by Helgi Magri Hrólfsson in the 9th century. In the 16th century, the town grew as it became a trading post for foreign merchants. Witch trials were common around the same time throughout the Westfjords, and many people were banished to the nearby peninsula of Hornstrandir, now a national nature reserve. The town of Ísafjörður was granted municipal status in 1786.



  

  

  

physics

Grímsey Island

On the morning of the second full day of our Iceland trip we went to Grímsey Island. It is on the north coast and straddles the Arctic Circle. It has a populatioin under 100.

I got to stand on both sides of the circle (I've done that at the equator as well - I doubt if I will evey do it at the Antarctic Circle, but you never know,,,).