Life on the Edge of a Volcano – Photos of Vestmannæyjar, Iceland

Posted the final installment of photos from Iceland – this time focusing on the fascinating island archipelago of Vestmannæyjar off the south coast of Iceland. Formed thousands of years ago by submarine eruptions of the Mid-Atlantic Ridge, today the islands are just as volcanically active. I hiked to the crater rim of Eldfell, a volcano that did not exist only four decades ago. While the volcano has calmed down, the soil is still hot enough to bake bread and the eruption that buried a third of the town under lava still freshly resides in the living memory of the locals, many of whom had to rebuild their houses elsewhere on the island.

I will begin to sort through and post my photos from the beguiling Faroe Islands, but for now enjoy volcanoes and lava flows. Click on the link below for the photo slide show.

Vestmannæyjar, Iceland

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About chronictraveler

Chronic Traveler starts as a dream, one that I thought I had lost, but that has slowly changed into a mission to realize and live that dream every day. In December 2007 I became seriously ill and the doctors did not know what was causing my illness. I had to stop teaching as my life tumbled into a never-ending nightmare of doctors, hospitals and tests. Finally, in May 2008 I was diagnosed with a chronic condition - fibromyalgia. I was only 26 years old at the time. I have had to give up teaching, and now work part-time at a performing arts center as I learn how to manage my condition and improve my quality of life. What helped me through the months of uncertainty and sickness, and continues to inspire me, was a new focus on what truly mattered to me: family, friends, gardening, the arts, and especially travel. I have always fed my soul by traveling, ever since I first stepped off the plane at age 16 in Kathmandu, Nepal to help with an orphanage's building project. Meeting new people and experiencing how they live and how they view the world infuses my life with a richness I was so afraid I would lose when the doctor first said, "You have fibromyalgia". This blog is my story, as I begin to forge a new path. I am embracing my life as it is, with the fibromyalgia pain and fatigue, and learning to do what I love regardless. It may mean I have to go slower and take more naps or breaks! But I am determined to learn how to travel and experience the world, and hopefully what I learn will help others like me who believe their medical condition stands in the way of their travel dreams.
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