On my hike from Akranes up to Borgarnes, distance 40km. No hiking trail, mostly followed the road.
This panorama was taken from the top of Gildalshnúkur Peak in the Skarðsheiði massif.
Hafnarfjall is a solidified volcanoe about 20km north of Reykjavik next to Akranes. The view point ca...
A waterfall by the Akrafjall just above the water basin where Akranes gets it's drinking water. You c...
Island Grótta is the the point of the Seltjorn Peninsula of which the capital comprises the greatest ...
A good view from the end of the dock past many of the whale and puffin watching tours.
Here is a scene along the dock at Reykjavík Harbor looking back at the whale and puffing watching tou...
Harpa is a concert hall and conference centre in Reykjavík, Iceland. The opening concert was held on ...
Europe is generally agreed to be the birthplace of western culture, including such legendary innovations as the democratic nation-state, football and tomato sauce.
The word Europe comes from the Greek goddess Europa, who was kidnapped by Zeus and plunked down on the island of Crete. Europa gradually changed from referring to mainland Greece until it extended finally to include Norway and Russia.
Don't be confused that Europe is called a continent without looking like an island, the way the other continents do. It's okay. The Ural mountains have steadily been there to divide Europe from Asia for the last 250 million years. Russia technically inhabits "Eurasia".
Europe is presently uniting into one political and economic zone with a common currency called the Euro. The European Union originated in 1993 and is now composed of 27 member states. Its headquarters is in Brussels, Belgium.
Do not confuse the EU with the Council of Europe, which has 47 member states and dates to 1949. These two bodies share the same flag, national anthem, and mission of integrating Europe. The headquarters of the Council are located in Strasbourg, France, and it is most famous for its European Court of Human Rights.
In spite of these two bodies, there is still no single Constitution or set of laws applying to all the countries of Europe. Debate rages over the role of the EU in regards to national sovereignty. As of January 2009, the Lisbon Treaty is the closest thing to a European Constitution, yet it has not been approved by all the EU states.
Text by Steve Smith.