Akureyri to Husavik, Iceland

Jul 21, 2019 - National Geographic Explorer


We spent a wonderful evening and night docked in the town of Akureyri. Then, early this morning, disembarked National Geographic Explorer. We loaded some buses and departed in different directions. Some guests chose to learn about the fantastic geology of Iceland, others to look for more birds to add to their life-lists, and others enjoyed a more relaxed day with some swimming.

In general, all groups experienced the geology, because the incredible geology of Iceland is very present everywhere we go.

We walked by the powerful waterfalls of Godafoss (“Of the gods”), visited fields of bubbling mud and sulfurous steam coming out of the ground, and meandered through foothills of recently solidified lava.

A common story in Iceland is that the huge clusters of oddly shaped lava were created by giant elves. According to the story, one night the elves celebrated so intensely that they lost track of the upcoming day and, once hit by the light, they solidified into these giant rock formations.

Another great day in the land of ice and fire!

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José Calvo

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Nicknamed “Indio” (Indian) because of his powers of observation and quiet nature, José has almost two decades of experience working as a naturalist and photography guide; as well as being recognized as an expert birder and nature photographer in Costa Rica. Costa Rica is rich in biodiversity — over 893 bird species have been recorded in the country. Since very young José spent all of his free time in the outdoors in the forest, where he soon fell in love with the birds. He particularly enjoys listening to their calls, and watching their behavior. Oddly enough, another one of Jose’s passions is science and technology, and because of this, he was among the first in Costa Rica to experiment with digital photography. As the technology quickly improved so did his love for it.  He truly believes that nature photography is the perfect combination of both of his passions.

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David Pickar is a native of Portland, Oregon. He studied anthropology at the University of Oregon, then spent several years working as a field archaeologist. Participating in excavations in countries like Jordan, Belize and Italy and in every corner of the US, allowed him to witness culture and the environment from an unusual perspective.

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