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Volcanic crater. The 4000 years old scoria crater Gráakúla (“Grey Bump”) lies at the edge of the Berserkjahraun lava field on the Snæfellsnes peninsula in Iceland. Pronunciation tip: Grá is like the ‘grow’ in ‘growl.’ And so, Grá-a-kúla = grow-aa-cool-aa. Berserkjahraun takes after the Berserkers (whence the phrase “to go berserk”). You may read the […]

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Sunrise at 38,000 feet. On my Lufthansa A380 flight from San Francisco to Frankfurt a couple of days ago.   The refulgent Rolls-Royce Trent 900 beauties outside were a feast for the eyes. However, the design of the A380 window porthole, with its larger-than-normal distance between the interior and exterior panels, did not permit the […]

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Dive-bombed by Arctic terns. The Oystercatchers in the first two images below were perturbed by my intrusion into their nesting space and registered their displeasure with harried calls. Soon thereafter the nearby colony of Arctic terns sensed my presence, and the reaction was fierce. They set upon me with an intent to draw blood (see […]

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A test of nerves and skill. Landing an aircraft in Iceland‘s fjords can be an unnerving experience. Negotiating rapid changes in weather and visibility, especially the unforeseen wind gusts, demands a high level of skill. Icelandic pilots are very well trained to operate in these conditions. Last year in March I was stranded for 3 […]

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