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  •  I'm ready to go too except for some concerns (16+ / 0-)

    about the imminent volcanic eruptions at possibly four sites.  But I suppose that if I balance that imminence against stats for death by violence from another human here in the US, perhaps Iceland is the place to be.

    One of the best things that happened in Iceland in recent years was that their women politicians sent so many of their aspiring day traders back to their fishing boats so their economy could be healed.  So-called financial services are really just a rodeo, I think.

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    by judyms9 on Thu Jan 17, 2013 at 07:33:01 AM PST

    •  Every country has risks. (11+ / 0-)

      But these days volcanic eruptions here are rarely killers in Iceland of anything but sheep.  These days they usually cause more havoc for people overseas than they do for Icelanders!  Here in Iceland, the ash plume is a point source.  It spreads out as it blows around outside of Iceland.  We also have excellent rescue services and disaster response teams.

      Pretty much every department has to be prepared . For example, when a jökulhlaup takes out a bridge on the ring road - they monitor for when they're going to happen and close the roads, by the way - they can get a temporary up in a matter of days after the waters subside.

      The greatest risk to tourists is what they do to themselves.  For example, every so often one gets themselves killed by doing something like going hiking on a glacier alone and falling into a crevase or whatnot.

      And anyway, if your goal is to wait until there's no imminent risk of eruptions in Iceland, you might as well just cross Iceland off your list  ;)  Heck, Grímsvötn erupts once every 3-10 years just on its own.

      •  The first truly scary story I read as a child (2+ / 0-)
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        Nulwee, kyril

        was about Pompeii and Mt. Vesuvius.  It left its mark.  But thank you for the reassurance and the warning about the crevices.  I appreciate the great survey course on Iceland that you wrapped up into a truly joyous read.
        Perhaps modesty kept you from pointing out that the people in Iceland tend to be better looking than most others, but it's likely that happiness is a prime factor for beauty.

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        by judyms9 on Thu Jan 17, 2013 at 08:07:56 AM PST

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        •  Haha, well, beauty is subjective. (2+ / 0-)
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          kyril, GayHillbilly

          But I am, in general, quite in agreement   ;)  Just a side observation: most Icelanders look older than they really are! (the opposite of what I experienced when traveling in Japan).  More than a couple times I've met some guy, gone out on a "date", then later added him on Facebook and when their birthday showed up, my immediate reaction was, "Oh my god, you're how old?"

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