Here are a few more photographs from the week we spent in Iceland. In a few days I’ll write about our discussions of Icelandic sagas in general, and Njal’s Saga in particular, which framed and guided our travels through the countryside.
Kerio, a collapsed volcanic crater
Volcanos Eyjafjallajökull (right) and Katla (left). Mary’s photo.
Bridge to nowhere, Skalholt
Shore of Lake Thingvallavatn, the largest natural lake in Iceland
Another bridge to nowhere – the metaphorical possibilities are endless.
Skalholt Cathedral from the river path
Churchyard at Oddi
Yours truly by the statue of Saemundur the Learned.
Next: The sagas
Beautiful place. I’m looking forward to more stories!
The Icelandic sagas were a new genre for me. They are long epics, based on historical events, written from oral tradition by a single author, and designed to be read aloud, over a period of days to a large audience. This is new to me of course, and people have devoted entire academic careers to studying them, but elements of the tale are unforgettable, and I’m also looking to read more of nordic folklore in general. I’ll probably post something early next week.
Thanks for the wonderful photots. 🙂
Thanks for your kind comment!