This summer, I’ll be doing research on the ecosystems of Northeast Iceland through a grant from the National Science Foundation. My last blog showed how I prepared for my journey. I've finally arrived! This week's shots are of my first glimpses at my new environment.
The Hallgrímskirkja in downtown Reykjavík.
Some of the research team in downtown Reykjavík.
Hallgrímskirkja seen from the “main street” of Reykjavík.
Because of the lack of trees in Iceland, most houses are and are brightly painted and made of corrugated metal made to look like wood.
Outside detail of the Harpa concert Hall in downtown Reykjavík. The design was made to resemble the lava fields of Iceland.
Inside the Harpa.
An hour flight brought us to Akureyri, the second largest town in Iceland which is settled along the northern coast of the island.
The research station at which we will be conducting all of our lab work throughout the summer.
My home for the next three months, the farm on Kálfaströnd. In the background is Lake Mývatn, the main focus of our research.
Kavvi, the dog of the family who owns the research station/the dog that I’ll be bringing home in September.
The Mid Atlantic Ridge cuts directly though Iceland, resulting in a land heavily defined by volcanic activity. Silhouette of the Dimmuborgir lava fields.
Some of the research team exploring the Dimmuborgir lava fields.
Pseudocraters across the street from the research station. These are formed when lava flows across a wet surface like a lake.
With virtually no tree cover on the island and nothing obstructing the wind, strong gusts that allow you to lean into the wind are common.
With a day off from work, we were able to take a day trip to the port city of Húsavík.
The midnight sun illuminating some of the lava formations on Lake Mývatn.
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