Drug paraphernalia like bongs and scales, and seeds are available in
many specialist stores and supermarkets all through the tourist area of
Amsterdam. Less so in the suburbs.
The lock to the North Sea
Lerwick - a port town
Disassembling oil rig
Scalloway - other port, Shetland ponies
Castle of guy who was caught by tax inspectors in his bolt hole because
they could smell his tabacco smoke
Faroe Islands - Torshavn
Grass roof is common in modern houses. It insulates well, but does
require a stronger truss to support it. Modern roof has good sealing,
whereas older forms used birch bark as the lower layer to waterproof.
On top of this are 2 layers of turf with the lower layer being roots
up. Also samples in old part of town mostly 1800s, but some 1600s. And
on a sod house construction farmhouse. This is stone, with earth fill
between stones and grass roof (except for the hole at apex to let smoke
Towering fjiords with mirror still water except for the waterfalls.
The roads over the high passes are affected by fogs and gales, roads
around cliffs near sea level get earth slides, so they build tunnels.
Similarly, they tunnel to other islands because bridges get very
Fish trawling and fish farming are the mainstays of the economy.
Plus sheep (hairy ones with horns)
Iceland - Eskifjordur, Reydarfjordur
Flag and Icelandic horses
Ships dwarfed by the fijord.
TV series Fortitude filmed in Reydarfjordur. There is mural of polar
bear hunting, which you don't get in Iceland. Alongside Fortitude's
bar, guesthouse. And the yellow fisherman's house
In WW2, when Denmark fell, Denmark's Iceland suddenly became strategic,
so the British and later Americans invaded. Germans in the country were
arrested, a formal complaint about the invasion, but they promised to
leave after the war so it was cool.
In Faroes, Iceland, Greenland it is apparently normal to leave babies
in the prams outside winter and summer. Good for their lungs.
Apparently there is always an adult with them, but that wasn't my
experience. Also they still have DVD stores though they have satellite
TV and 3G internet at least.
Iceland - Akureyri
Godafoss - waterfall of the gods.
Geothermal field of Namaskard, bubbling mud, fumaroles (with video
link) and caps for power station.
Iceland - abandoned village Hesteyri
Fog in Isafjordur before fast boat 35km across to Hesteyri, the only
way there. These are isolated places in north west Iceland. Hesteyri
was settled for whaling in 1890s until Iceland stopped whaling in 1915,
then herring fishing until 1940s, then in 1950 the 3 remaining families
abandoned the village. Today in a national park and the families still
own the buildings and use as summer houses.
Several buildings remain and a cemetery. A creek runs alongside the
village, and there is a chimney remaining from the whaling station
which was a few hundred metres further up the fjiord.
Wildlife consisted of midges who went for the highest thing around, so
you held your hand up and away, and many colourless jellyfish. Half way
across the channel back to Isafjordur was a pod of humpback whales.
Area was first settled in 800s and Isafjordur became trading port
in 1500s with buildings remaining in the old part of town dating from
1700s. Again there are tunnels to neighbouring towns because the passes
are impassable much of time and coastal roads are subject to landslides.
Greenland = Prince Christian Sound
Is a passage between the mainland and islands on the southern tip of
Greenland. Several glaciers from the icecap that cover the mainland run
into the sound, so these are on the northern side of the sound. Some of
these glaciers are advancing, so there are icebergs calving into the