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“Iceland’s President travels to India” by K.J.S.Chatrath

I just read that the President of Iceland His Excellency Dr. Olafur Ragnar Grimsson is visiting India on an official visit. He was conferred Jawaharlal Nehru Award for International Understanding for 2007. This is his second visit to India- the first one was in 2003. Let us welcome His Excellency the President by reproducing one of the articles on my visit to Iceland which I wrote a few months back. I am also giving links to all the 10 articles that I have written on Iceland after my visit there last year.

‘The Amazing Iceland

With mercury shooting up past 40 degrees celsius, I decided that it was as good a time as any to visit Iceland. After a bit of work on the computer and a few days later, I was on my way to Reykjavik, the capital of Iceland. Let me confess that everything about Iceland  amazed me. I also felt sheepish that till now I knew so very little about Iceland.  The three main points that I had in my mind were- Iceland is very far away and so an air ticket would cost a fortune, Rykjavik is the capital where the famous chess match was played and lastly its volcano with an unpronouceable name had spewn lava ash in the air two years back sending the movement of air traffic over Europe to a big toss…

Iceland is also world’s oldest functioning democracy….

Now a few photographs by way of an introduction.




The volcanic past and present.




The glaciers are large and snow capped mountains  awe inspiring.




Sea, sea gulls and puffins.




One sees lupin flowers everywhere. But there is more to these pretty flowers that we will talk about.




Iceland is a land of numerous waterfalls.




Beautiful buildings.




A  view of Reykjavik




The northern most Indian restaurant in the world in Akuryeri in North Iceland.




The famous Icelandic horses.




On the one hand harsh volcanic views and on the other hand soothing soft landscapes




This satellite picture of Iceland  shows its massive glaciers (in white). Source of this photo only: Wikipedia.

 But all this is Iceland in summer. The long, sun less winter is another story. I would be presenting photo articles on each of these aspects, one by one.’

I would strongly recommend all my fiftyplus traveller readers to visit Iceland.

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May I invite you to take a look at my 10 photo articles which I wrote after my visit to Iceland last year:

(1) ‘Harpa, Reykjavik, Iceland’ by K.J.S.Chatrath;

(2) Iceland’ by K.J.S.Chatrath;

(3) ‘The Icelandic Horse’ by K.J.S.Chatrath;

(4) ‘Reykjavik City Centre,  Part II’ by K.J.S.Chatrath;

(5) ‘Hip-Hop Graffiti in Reykjavik, Iceland’ by K.J.S.Chatrath;

(6) ‘Cars in Iceland’ by K.J.S.Chatrath;

(7) Reykjavik city centre‘ by K.J.S.Chatrath;

(8) ‘Flea market, Reykjavik, Iceland   by K.J.S. Chatrath;

(9) ‘Visits to Iceland and Greenland’ by K.J.S.Chatrath; 

(10) ‘The Amazing Iceland’ by K.J.S.Chatrath;


Photos, text and copyright K.J.S.Chatrath




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