February 27, 2011
On her way back to the U.S. from Norway, Times reader "HannaSofieEide" and her husband stopped by the Blue Lagoon in Iceland . "It was an unforgettable experience and truly magical," she said. The Blue Lagoon is a geothermal spa near Reykjavik, Iceland's capital. Its water supply comes from a geothermal power plant that's fueled by water from a nearby lava flow. The lagoon's mineral-rich waters are said to have healing properties. View past photos we've featured . To upload your own, visit our reader travel photo gallery . When you upload your photo, tell us where it was taken and when.
March 26, 2011 |
Part of the cure ? or cause ? of Iceland's spectacular economic meltdown sits here on a rugged fiord backed by frigid blue waters and snowcapped mountains. It's a massive aluminum smelter on the harbor's edge, sprawling over a few hundred acres. Owned by Century Aluminum Co. of Monterey, Calif., and fueled by geothermal energy and hydropower, the plant churns out nearly 300,000 tons of aluminum a year, to be shipped to customers around the world. When Iceland's economy collapsed in 2008, pushing the country to the brink of bankruptcy, production here and at two other smelters continued, which helped keep exports alive through two years of painful recession.
April 2, 2014 |
When filmmaker Darren Aronofsky started scouting locations for his biblical flood epic, "Noah," he had two potentially competing needs. The landscapes on which he would shoot exteriors needed at first to look like an uninhabitable wasteland, and, after the deluge, a new garden of Eden, where Noah, his family and his ark of animals could begin to repopulate the earth. The writer-director's production team considered Death Valley, deserts in Mexico and the Canary Islands. But when they visited Iceland, "Noah" found its port of call.
October 6, 1986 |
Soviet leader Mikhail S. Gorbachev's wife, Raisa, will accompany him to next weekend's summit here with President Reagan, Iceland Prime Minister Steingrimur Hermannsson said Sunday. Mrs. Gorbachev, who also accompanied her husband to the last summit with Reagan in Geneva last November, will be the guest of Hermannsson's wife, Edda Gudmundsdottir. In Washington, White House spokesman Dale Petroskey said President Reagan's wife, Nancy, "has no plans to go" with him to Reykjavik.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 12, 1987
We are compelled to respond to the article "Feminists of Iceland Aim to Call Shots," by Bella Stumbo (Part I, Aug. 19). It is written with prejudices in an arrogant fashion and full of untruths and distortions. The author seemingly set out to ridicule the Women's Alliance Party, its individual members and the Icelandic system of government. She arrogantly passes judgment as a specialist on the matter with intimate knowledge, while quotes of history and descriptions of current events are often wrong and distorted.
October 3, 2004
We spent two weeks in Iceland in August and saw a different country from the one written about in Margo Pfeiff's article, "A Land That Runs Hot and Cold" [Sept. 19]. We traveled with Elderhostel to three major cities and did day trips. Two trips, one for birding and one to see whales, put us on the fiords and sea. Geologists led trips to craters, volcanic fields of lava and tours of geothermal plants. Lectures by college agricultural and fisheries experts also filled our days. Storytellers of sagas, and music and dance by the talented locals kept evenings interesting.