Iceland Travel Blog with National Geographic
I am so excited to bring a new journey across the world to you! Stay tuned. The adventure begins shortly!
I am sad to have to bring this adventure to a close. By all means, if you ever decide to go to Iceland, GO! I cannot tell you enough how beautiful it is, how incredible the food is, and how nice the people are. Plus, they speak English! That makes travel all that much easier.
Slide Show of Developed Photos
I have been trying to share images and video with you as they happen real time. The positive for that is that you get to experience everything in the moment with me. The downside is that most of the images I have shown are unedited, undeveloped and untouched. Basically, they are raw. I want to share some slideshows of various images AFTER they have been developed using technology.
Flatey Island was one of the most beautiful places I have ever seen. It has only one road and is so peaceful. Icelandic people come here to relax and get away during the summer months.
The puffins are so very cute. Honestly, they are very hard to photograph. I almost thought I wasn't going to get to see any. They like to hide in their rock dwellings and then dart down really fast to the to catch some fish. They are much faster than penguins!
Everywhere you look there is a postcard to be taken! I took so many photographs is mountains and hills - just because I don't think I get to see them that often. It really makes it easy to take a good picture when you have a small colorful house in the shot with a majestic landscape in the background.
Sheep and Horses
I should have told you about the sheep. They are EVERYWHERE. The Icelandic people release them to the mountains to eat and live during the summer. Then, during the winter, they go into the hills to feed them and keep them safe during the wintertime. It is very trusting to let them go up and away like that. They don't fight over who gets which lamb at the end of they day. Some are marked. Some are tagged. At they end of they day, the Icelanders live in peace.
Waterfalls and Geysers
.So, I can honestly say that I think it is hard to take good photos of waterfalls. The geysers are very mystical and neat. I hope you like what I have shared with you so far. I did notice that in the beginning of my travels, I spelled geyser differently. In Iceland, they spell it, "geysir." So, ifyou noticed a difference, it is because I have switched back to American spelling.
A Troll Photobomb!
I mentioned that trolls live a long time the other day. But, they can live for SEVERAL hundred years! But trolls do not have a ton of kids in their lives. This is largely due to the fact that they spend so much time sleeping. Trolls also take much longer to grow up. A child that is 1 years of age is basically 10 in "troll age." Now, they don't look like 10-year-olds. They look like babies at this point. Troll children do not live one their own or even particularly with their family. For the first 15 years, they live in a communal group called a "creche." What really happens is whichever adult troll is awake, is the one who has to watch the children who are not sleeping. I guess it means that all hands are on deck! As the trolls get older, they sleep more - sometimes for even years! A newborn/young troll will only sleep for weeks at a time. Because the trolls spend so much time underground they don't mind it much. They don't have a day and night like we do - they have "sleep time" and "awake time." Trolls children are hairy; so, you might think that is a little weird. They have dolls like you do - almost like Ken and Barbie dolls. It wouldn't shock me if some of the little handmade dolls I have seen in the gift shops are made by them!
Don't worry! Even though I am returning home.... I will be sharing more about trolls! Stay tuned!
Briannah Lopez(from last year from 2014-2015)
10/17/2015 10:43:19 pm
Hi Mr.Szmanski. I really like the picture of the baby troll. I cant believe you went to Ice Land and Antarctica which are the coolest places that I know of. I've been wondering how was your trip to Ice Land? From Briannah Lopez.
10/18/2015 07:37:04 am
11/2/2015 07:09:02 pm
Dear mr.szymanski it is your old student from last year and I hope you had a good trip from last year.How was your trip to Iceland was it magical?Anyways I really miss you and I wish I could see you but I moved to anther school named Robert A. Black Magnet school just like Walt Disney Magnet school.LOVE your old student Mariyah😘😘😍
11/3/2015 07:50:24 pm
12/17/2015 06:30:13 pm
That is a weird troll Mr. S!
12/17/2015 06:46:58 pm
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Mr. Szymanski is a First Grade Teacher at Walt Disney Magnet School in Chicago, IL. He is a 2014 National Geographic Grosvenor Teaching Fellow. Last December, he traveled to Antarctica and shared the experience with his students through his Antarctica Blog.