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  • Caldera Caldera

    • From: amsher
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      It's hard to believe this is a volcano!

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  • Lehua blossom at Volcano Nat'l Lehua blossom at Volcano Nat'l Park

    • From: bevandlee
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      Walking across the barren, black lava caldera floor of Kilauea Crater, you'll occasionally find a little punctuation of color provided by a Lehua blossom bullying it's way up through the rockscape.

    • 2 years ago
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  • Volcano National Park, Hawaii Volcano National Park, Hawaii

    • From: bevandlee
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      Stark branches reach out over the barren Kilauea Caldera floor in Volcano National Park.

    • 2 years ago
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  • Awesome Iceland! Awesome Iceland!

    • From: Gailhennessey
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      Most people's response when we said we were going to Iceland was "why"?  Thirty-six years ago, on our first trip to Europe(our wedding trip), we took Icelandair and stopped at Reykjavek for 45 minutes. On the return home, we again stopped at Reykjavek and were offered a special package to stay for two days to see the land of fire and ice.  We didn’t do so but have often thought it might be a fun place to visit one day. It was always an extremely expensive destination and thus, we didn’t go. Until now.  With the financial collapse of Iceland, in the fall of 2008, the exchange rate became very positive for the American dollar. Things were 1/2 the price they had been the year before, so, we decided to make a 5 day trip to Iceland, a “green” vacation, highlighting the natural wonders of this northern European country.

      The drive to John F Kennedy International Airport took over 5 hours. Normally, it should take about 3 1/2 hours.  We endured horrific rain for the first hour. We almost turned back so my husband could build an ark. Then, we had a horrible traffic delay by the  Delaware Water Gap where I crept along at about 3 miles per hour for an hour! The fight was on schedule, at least until we boarded the plane. It was then that the pilot announced a two hour delay due to poor weather conditions. Once we were in flight, the five hours went quickly will little turbulence.

      We arriving at Reykjavek , the most northern capital city in the world, about 7:45, and took the Reykjavek Excursions’ Flybus, about $14 per person, from the airport to the hotel, about  a 40 minutes ride.  I marveled at the barren landscape, the snow covered mountains, the moss covered lava fields.

      We walked around city centre for a while and had a brunch later in the afternoon. Our hotel was great. A 4 star, Hilton Nordica, was  priced about $160 a night including a fabulous morning brunch!  I couldn’t even stay at the Marriot Courtyard in Paramus, NJ, for about this rate last month!

      That first night, we took an excursion to see the Northern Lights(Aurora Borealis). For those of you that watch reruns of Seinfeld, it was a definite Seinfeld moment. The excursion, the bus ride from hell to see the Northern Lights, was a disaster from the start. We should have been weary when the original tour company cancelled due to inclement weather!  You can’t see the northern lights, swirling green and red lights in the polar regions, with cloud cover! Yet, when the registration desk took us that Icelandic Excursions, the largest operation in the area, WAS going out that evening and that they had a great track record of finding the northern lights, we booked the evening tour. Think four hours,traveling a distance of about 120 miles, over back roads in search of the lights in  the rain! Despite the fact it was obvious we wouldn’t see the lights in such weather, the two guides wouldn't give up and kept us "captive" as they continued bouncing us along the paved and unpaved roads in their search so that they could say they tried to find the Northern Lights display. In a Seinfeld episode, Kramer kept passengers on his tour bus, as he tried to find a place that would take his muffin stumps! At first upset, (I was crying) from lack of sleep-we’d been up nearly 40 hours,  made my husband and I get silly. We started to  laugh hysterically when I made the Seinfeld connection that we might never get back to the hotel!(along with about 75 other captives on the bus). We were on a bus from 8:30 until almost 1AM! Thankfully, we did have 1 bathroom break!  The guide would say, “Look, over there...I think that’s a star” or “ That haze to your left is from the city lights of Reykjavek”. The tour started with the caveat that they couldn’t guarantee a sighting of the northern lights but they should never have taken us out on a cloudy evening! Oh, well.

      The next day, with jet lag and only 5 hours sleep, our next excursion  began with our guide David(Island Horizon), a Brit who moved to Iceland in 1985. He was wonderful and I totally recommend a tour with him as he uses a mini van and takes a small group as opposed to a large bus tour. He also makes sure that he times arrivals to the different stops BEFORE the large tour buses get there to insure a quite and uncrowded visit!  He was constantly talking through his headset,  sharing information on Iceland’s history and culture. Did you know that Iceland does not have an army, navy, or air force? It does have a Coast Guard. Did you know that Iceland doesn’t have any railways? Or that there is only one main road,the ring road which goes around the island? David said it took him five years to learn to speak Icelandic. He told us there are 36 letters in the Icelandic alphabet. There are no C and W. And, no letters are silent when reading a word.  And, there are no regional languages!  There is only one way to say each and every word. Takk is thank you, Bless is goodbye and Goda Nott is goodnight. The Northern Light tour could take a lesson from David. Instead of constantly chatting with the driver, the guide could have used all those hours to talk with the tourists about his country!

      David told us that Iceland has up to 500 earthquakes a day, most less than 3 on the Richter Scale.  He said that Iceland was due for a volcanic eruption, and I just hoped it wouldn’t be as we meandered around the volcanic areas. Called the Golden Circle Tour (about $85 per person),we traveled a 190 mile circular route with David,  from around 9-4.  We  first stopped at the  Hellisheidi Geothermal Power Plant and learned about how Iceland makes their energy. At the plant, the steam is separated from the water , the water is then also hot enough to supply secondary steam. The remaining water is then returned to the ground to start the process, again. Amazing process of renewable energy which supplies 99% of the countries energy needs! David called our attention to a field of growing marshmellows(really hay bales).We stopped at a volcanic crater called Kerio, a great example of a caldera crater. Because of the great acoustics at this site, there are many concerts and Pavarotti performed here. We saw a landscape of much moss covered lava fields, few trees, high cliffs and open spaces. David shared a joke about the forests of Iceland. “How does one find their way out of an Icelandic forest? Answer-You stand Up!” We traveled to the oldest geyser, called geyser(meaning “the gusher”)...that’s from where the word originated. Geysir doesn’t erupt very much any more. Next to it was Strokkur(meaning “on the struck”), which faithfully erupted ever few minutes. We then travelled on to the Gullfoss(means “golden fall”), the largest waterfall in Europe.  The 105 ft. waterfall was very beautiful amongst a  huge canyon. I envisioned the beautiful rainbows the mist created on a sunny day. I also liked the fact that the restaurant buildings were made away from the falls so you can’t see anything other than the falls. An interesting story tells of a woman who is created with saving the falls. Seems than in the early 1900s, people wanted to build a hydroelectric plant at the site.  Sigriour Tomasdottir , who lived near the falls, threatened to jump into the falls if this happened. She is created with her efforts to save the falls.  A monument of her was erected by the falls in 1978. Our last stop was at an area called Thingvellir National Park. It is here where you can see evidence of where the North American tectonic plate and Eurasian tectonic Plates meet and are spreading apart. It is also here at  Thingvellir, where Iceland’s earliest democracy began. Iceland, the world’s oldest democracy, dates back to 930. Different chieftains would travel to the area of Thingvellir  and set up shelters where people could come to discuss issues of concerns. This lasted for two weeks.  Afterwards, the different chieftains would meet to share the concerns of their clans. Laws were established and announced by the lord-chief for those in attendance to hear and take back to their regions of Iceland. The area was a wonderful natural amphitheater! Games were also played among different clans during this two week get-together and people who had broken the laws were brought to the yearly gathering for their punishment.

      The next day, we rested by doing some sightseeing of the city centre and taking in a geo thermal pool down the street from the Hilton Nordica. Laugardalur, the largest thermal swimming pool in Iceland is Olympic sized.  It also has four smaller hot pots(or gossip pots) which we used.The temperature outside was a windy 41 degrees, but the pools were about 99F. For only about $4 gave entrance to the pool/locker rooms. Another $4 paid for the rental of a towel. Not having experienced an Icelandic pool before, we had to have someone explain the procedure.  All must first take a shower before going outside into the pool area and shoes must be removed prior to entering the locker room. In the locker room. I haven't seen so many naked women since I was in high school gym class! There is definitely a totally different mentality toward the human body. In the locker room, women strolled around or sat and blow dried their hair in the buff as I scurried around in my towel to find (a none existent) shower with a curtain! We also took a bus to the Pearl, a huge dome building, which also has a restaurant and Viking museum.  From the observation deck, you have a wonderful view of the city, it’s colorful buildings, the surrounding snow covered mountains and bay, with all its fishing boats. We actually walked the way back to city centre and walked by the US Embassy, located near the city centre, at 21 Laufasvegur. We also passed by the largest church steeple in Iceland.

      The next day, we went with David’s associate, Ragner of Super Jeeps,Is, for an adventure to the South Shore and the town of Vik.(about $200 per person). Icelandic families have different last names. That’s because Icelandic people name their children after their father’s first name plus the name son or daughter added at the end.  So, if a boy named Ragner’s dad’s name is Eider. His last name would be Eidersson.  If a girl in the same family was named Dugg. Her last name would be Eidersdottir. Telephone books list by first names alphabetically.  Icelandic people always use first names, even when speaking students speak with their teachers. There is a list of accepted names. All names must be Norse names. Even new words such as radio, television and computer are made into Norse words. 
      The weather was not cooperating with extreme winds and sand storms.  We traveled to see one of Iceland’s black beaches, and one of Iceland’s oldest towns, Stokkseyri ,founded around 900 AD. We past by many greenhouses, powered by geo thermal energy, that enables the Icelandic people to have fresh fruits and flowers year round. We visited a number of waterfalls including: Seljalandsfoss and Skogan Falls. We could see Mt, Hekla, a very active volcano and Snaefellsjokull, the glacier made famous by Jules Verne in his book, Journey to the Center of the Earth.  We were heading toward Solheimajokull glacier. We didn’t get to the tongue of the glacier due to the dangerous winds. Instead, Ragner took us off road and I mean off road. After a brief ride down a gravel road, he veered off onto an earth path with dried up tire ruts. He kept going up and up and eventually left this “road” to blaze a trail of his own over stones, and landscape that looked like we’d taken a wrong turn and ended up on the lunar surface. Thank goodness for his large size tires which he said cost about $800 a piece. Interestingly, NASA used the terrain of Iceland to train the Apollo astronauts and when Neil Armstrong first walked on the moon, he joked that he thought he was in Iceland! We traveled up about 5100 ft from the shore with hurricane like winds(about 50 mph).  I could hardly stand upright when we summited  and got out for photographs. Our guide, Ragner, said he'd never taken tourists up to the site before, a majestic view of the Vestmannaeyjar Islands!  In 1973, the only town on the Vestmannaeyjar( or Westman Islands) of Heimaey, was pretty much destroyed by a volcanic eruption. All of its 5000 residents had been evacuated. The thick ash and lava covered many of the homes. Today, excavation is find the homes well preserved and residents are finding some of their possessions still  intact. Heimay is called the “Pompeii of the North”.
      On the way down, he played Queen's "We are the Champions"-kind of appropriate as we had survived the unusual side excursion!


      The last day of our visit to Iceland, we stopped at the famous Blue Lagoon for a dip (www.bluelagoon.is). Reykjavek Excursions runs a very popular tour to the lagoon and then on to the airport. (cost is about $45 per person including admission to lagoon and trip to airport)They also keep your luggage for you so you don’t have to lug it around at the Blue Lagoon. If you don’t have a bathing suit, you can rent one as well as towels and robes. The thermal seawater pool , is located in  a lava field called Evil Lava, created during an eruption in 1226. The hot pool is created from the run off of the nearly geo thermal plant. White silica  mud, collected and put into nearby pots, is thought to be therapeutic for the skin. People apply it to their faces, leaving it on for a few minutes before washing it off.

      In addition to many different types of fish and lamb dishes, Iceland has some unique foods on their menus. There is sheep head, puffin bird, rotten shark called "hakarl,, grilled foal, and whale!  I did like one of their traditional desserts called skyr. Skyr, is a yogert type dish flavored (or unflavored) with different fruits. I recommend the Restaurant Reykjavek for their fish buffet located at Vesturgata 2. The restaurant also has a unique bar... an ice bar.You don coats and enter a bar lined with blocks of ice and with has a bar and bench made of ice as well. It was really cool....in several different ways!  We also at a restaurant called Caruso’s  and near the Hilton Nordica, was a great place and value, the Brasserie Askur.
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  • Caldera Springs, Oregon Caldera Springs, Oregon

    • From: sandybeachesbar
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      This is Sunriver area where the Deschutes River meets the Lazy River. An icy cold night with Mt., Bachlor in the distance

    • 3 years ago
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  • Hawaii Trip - Killauea's Calde Hawaii Trip - Killauea's Caldera

    • From: linda viales
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    • 4 years ago
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  • caldera and blue dome caldera and blue dome

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    • 4 years ago
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  • Greek Islands Greek Islands

    • From: travduo
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      We took the fast ferry to Santorini, my absolute favorite island.  The speedy catamaran docks at the "new" port, which is good since you can travel from there by taxi up to the main town of Fira - or Thera, depending on which designation the Greeks choose to use, as is the case with many names. (One definitely understands why the expression "It's all Greek to me" came about after seeing so many different names and alphabets referring to the same place.)  The "old" port lies on the other side of town and is accessible only by cable car or the traditional donkey ride up nearly 600 steps.

      Santorini DoorwayWe stayed at the Hotel Astir Thira which was a stone's throw from all the activity in town. We took WAY too many pictures in our brief three days there.  I have a whole collection of just picturesque doorways!  Santorini is what remains of one of the largest volcanic eruptions on earth. Originally one island, it is now a caldera made up of the crescent shaped main island and several smaller islands of volcanic ash. Many conjecture that it is the site of the lost city of Atlantis, now lying at the bottom of the sea.  Thira faces the center of the caldera and Oia is another charming city to the east on Santorini.  We took a delightful sunset dinner cruise around the area, stopping to swim a couple times in the fluctuating currents of warmer water created by the still active volcano.

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

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  • Santorini Santorini

    • From: halver856
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      One of the amazing views along the Caldera path in Sanorini on the way to Fira!

    • 4 years ago
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  • Oia, Santorini, Greece Oia, Santorini, Greece

    • From: kmccarty04
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      This picture was taken in Oia, a little town in Santorini. The beautiful buildings were classically whitewashed and built into the cliffs. It had a great view of the caldera and the buildingsĀ contrasted perfectly with the blue ocean behind it.

    • 4 years ago
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  • Caldera Caldera

    • From: mrenert
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      The beauty of the caldera on the island of Santorini is legendary.  This view was my favorite.

    • 4 years ago
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  • Santorini Caldera Santorini Caldera

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  • Sunset Over Santorini Sunset Over Santorini

    • From: kennethdiluigi
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      Beautiful pink sunset lights up the sky over the caldera surrounding Santorini, Greece

    • 5 years ago
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  • Greek Villas Line The Caldara Greek Villas Line The Caldara

    • From: kennethdiluigi
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      Beautiful pink sunset lights up the sky over the caldera surrounding Santorini, Greece

    • 5 years ago
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  • Mt. Bromo, Java Mt. Bromo, Java

    • From: gmaso
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      A view of Mt. Bromo on the eastern end of Java from our flight back home. Mt. Bromo is an active volcano with a lake in its caldera although the full extent of the caldera is not even visible fom this photo.

    • 5 years ago
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  • Santorini view from the Enigma Santorini view from the Enigma Hotel

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  • View from Oia, Greece View from Oia, Greece

    • From: maddiebala
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      Looking out over the caldera in Oia, Santorini, Greece

    • 5 years ago
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  • Caldera View Caldera View

    • From: tamarasw
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      We arrived at Oia as the sun was rising and we were treated to this first view of the caldera from our hotel, the Strogili apartments.  It was so silent you could hear a pin drop.  Absolutely breathtaking!

    • 5 years ago
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  • Blues and whites Blues and whites

    • From: tamarasw
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      A beautiful view...Greek Orthodox church in the village of Oia on Santorini Island, Greece

    • 5 years ago
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  • Hangin' in Oia Hangin' in Oia

    • From: laratada
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      Last summer, I took a girl's trip to Greece. We rented a villa for a few days overlooking the majestic caldera in the village of Oia on Santorini island.  After a day of lounging by the pool, we hung our clothes on the line outside to be dried by the Ionian breeze. I love the contrast between my hot pink bikini and subdued, whitewashed architecture. 

    • 5 years ago
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