September 22, 2016 2 Comments
We love lighthouses, and we enjoyed seeing a variety of them in Iceland. Some lighthouses have bright colors for best contrast with the landscape. All sit in beautiful locations by the sea. The Reykjanes Lighthouse is particularly scenic because it sits in a geothermal area known as “Smokey Point”. The Gunnuhver fumerole there produces a surprising amount of steam. A life-size great auk statue stands nearby, marking the location where the last great auk lived in 1844. A recent article discusses the possibility of using DNA to bring the great auk back from extinction: http://www.earthtouchnews.com/all-articles/2016/september/01/can-the-great-auk-return-from-extinction/.
Mr. Ingvar Hreinsson has repaired all of Iceland’s 104 lighthouses spread out over 3,000 miles of coastline. A recent article about him is at: http://grapevine.is/mag/feature/2016/08/26/shine-a-light-the-icelander-who-repaired-every-single-lighthouse-in-the-country/
All of our posts about Iceland’s lighthouses are at: https://naturetime.wordpress.com/?s=iceland+lighthouse. “Viti” in Icelandic means lighthouse.