Flew into Keflavik Monday afternoon. Up here by the generosity of number 1 and number 2 daughter who paid for my flight as a most generous birthday present so that I may visit family and friends.
Weather is magnificent, still “chilly” but beautiful clear blue skies and a “crispness” in the air.Fabulous Reykjavik…looking NNW” It´s never ceases to amaze me how the city inexorably grows and spreads. Lots of vistas, lots of space, lots of good clean air.
I first came here in 1964 and stayed for twelve years working primarily on a drilling rig to access hot water deep within the earth for domestic heating use. This employment provided me with excellent opportunities to see a great deal of the country and engage with the natural environment. I remember one occasion when we were sat in the Land Rover, miles away from anywhere eating our sandwiches during a break from drilling. Absolutely silent, no wind and the stillness of a winters morning in a snowbound environment. All of a sudden an Arctic Fox came into the drill area, examining this, sniffing at that. Obviously taken with the smells of unusual alien fragrances. It remained there for ten or fifteen minutes before moving off into the tundra. An absolutely magical experience for us, sat there in the vehicle in stunned amazement at what we had just witnessed.
The ghostly Arctic FoxTo my mind, Reykjavik is one of the most uncluttered, clean, and unpretentious capital cities that I have ever visited, and provided that development goes ahead in a manner that is sensitive to the environment, it will doubtless grow in its aesthetic appeal.Beautiful Reykjavik approaching from the sea.Have spent the day walking a coastal path just south of town to Faxatun, which was where I first stayed at my uncle Bjossi´s house. Today, plan on walking in the other direction……It´s good to be back.

Typical drill rig for water source installatio...

Typical drill rig for water source installation, length 22 ft (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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