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Iceland for Tourists
"Having just visited this fascinating country I must share my experiences with you. Here are some questions on the natural phenomena around south west Iceland."
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The word geyser has come to mean any spout of geothermal water in any country. The first geyser is to be found in Iceland but is spelt geysir in Icelandic.
The beaches on the Reykjanes peninsula, where the international airport is, are beautiful yellow sand. If you went further east around the south coast what colour would the beaches be?
Because it is so far north you might imagine that the most common tree in Iceland was bound to be a conifer. In fact it is a very hardy deciduous tree. Which is it?
In the south east of Iceland most of the hot water and power is provided by which environmentally acceptable means?
On the 'Golden Circle Route' you will arrive at Thingvellir which is a Unesco World Heritage Site. It holds great significance to Icelanders as it is the site of the first democratic parliament 930AD. It is also important as it is situated on the line of two tectonic plates which are moving apart. Which two plates are they?
Scandinavian and North American
Eurasian and Arctic
North American and Eurasian
Mid Atlantic and Eurasian
The river Hvita has an enormous waterfall on it called Gullfoss. In 1920 plans were made to dam the river, which would have ruined the waterfall. What was planned for the river?
Salmon fishing site
Aluminium smelting plant
Hydroelectric power plant
Everyone who goes to Iceland hopes to see the Northern Lights (Aurora Borealis). Which of these will most improve your chances of seeing the lights?
Dark clear sky
Glaciers are made of impacted snow. Why do glaciers form?
Rain turns the top snow to water and then it freezes again.
Volcanic lava stops the ice melting.
More snow falls in winter than can melt in summer.
In the last ice age the rivers froze.
Lava tube caves can be found in many places in Iceland. They are obviously the result of volcanic activity, but exactly what?
Lava at the surface cools while lava lower down continues to flow.
Early settlers carved the tubes out of the lava for shelters as the lava was soft.
Trolls dug them out to find diamonds in the lava.
Big boulders are carried down leaving a tube cave behind them.
Although not natural themselves, roads are affected by the natural environment. So here's a question about Icelandic roads. If a road number has an F in front of it, what does it mean?
Road only suitable for 4x4s
It has no tarmac surface
It is a farm track
There is a waterfall ahead
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Compiled Jun 28 12