Day 1: Introductions

Arriving at the airport was how I started my first day in Iceland. The first thing you do as the plane lands is see a golf course that is right on the coast of the southernmost point of the island. The airport itself was super awesome, everything there seemed a lot more fancy, and overall awesome. After getting my bags from the baggage claim I met up with people from my program and waited in the airport for a couple hours before leaving as a huge group on a charter bus. We took the bus from the airport and stopped at the point where the two tectonic plates meet, that is also in the area of the most volcanic activity in Iceland.

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inside the tectonic plates

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volcanic ash

We then took the bus to hot springs, which are too hot for people to actually go in and smell of sulphur, but are really pretty. So far from what I have seen the landscape in Iceland varies from rocky terrain from lava flow to green shrubbery and mountains, two very different extremes with clear distinctions.

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the hot springs

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non-newtonian fluid?

 

After seeing the hot springs we went to the hotel/guest house which will be staying at for the next couple of days. Once here we got to our rooms, unpacked, and rested for a bit before going right back outside. We went outside and climbed a hill/mountain that is right behind the guest house and did a few icebreakers and introductions. After that we went back to the guest house and learned about the capstone project that we will be doing over the next ten days.

-Amalia

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