Tuesday, August 7, 2018

Route of the Vikings Part 3

Vikings Post 3

August 7, 2018 – standing off Heimaey, Iceland

The wind is whistling through the door to the veranda.  With winds steady at 38-40 knots and seas 2-3 meters, the Captain has wisely decided to cancel the port visit.  There is no safe way to launch the tenders, much less transfer guests ashore through the seas into the inner harbor.  As the morning wore on, a mist from the water and wind began to obscure the detail and the horizon disappeared.

A few photos will have to suffice, along with a lecture later this morning by a resident who was here when the volcano erupted and buried the town.  The town is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site, called the Pompeii of the North.

Main Volcano Dome

The edge of the channel where the town was

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Layers of lava eroding into caves

Spectacular Arches

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