(apple trees in Iceland and more apple trees in Iceland), There are five types of berries in Iceland blueberries, bilberries, stone bramberries, wild strawberries and crowberries. They can be picked mostly in August. We had crowberries to eat.
|Icelandic strawberries with skyr, lucuma, vanilla and cream|
In these types of climate, grazing animals are what makes it all possible to get nutrition that would otherwise not be possible through utilising the nutrition in the grasses through their milk. In Iceland skyr is one of the traditional fermented milk products, it is like a cross between a yogurt and a cream cheese and very delicious. Traditionally eaten with cream and sugar, I have been eating it with cream, lucuma, and vanilla.
Now a revival in raw milk products seems to be beginning in Iceland. The pastures are particularly nutritious thanks to the long hours of sunlight in the summer. I have noticed the grasses and other green plants are extra luminous here, as if they have stored the solar charge for emission later, they seem to glow even more than in England. Icelandic wool makes beautiful clothing and handling wool in winter has traditionally been a source of vitamin D3 in northern climes, through the lanolin. In fact even today some vitamin D3 supplements are derived from lanolin.
|between Laugadalur and Reyjavik|
|Geysir on the Golden Circle|
Connection to te Earth and elements is very much through the water and the air rather than through for example fruit trees of course. It's about getting in the geothermal water, drinking the fresh water and breathing in the air, listening to the wind. In Laugadalur is the amazing 'swimming pool' where you can swim, soak in hot tubs or even in hot seawater mixed with mineral water.
The Earth is beautiful wherever you go, wherever it is unspoilt. You can almost hear the Eddas in the wind, the Norse mythology that was documented here. The Icelandic language is an old Norse, protected by the island situation. My thinking has been very clear here and as well as enjoying the amazing scenery and geothermal water I have been able to write and think to my heart's desire. Clarity of purpose in this wild pristine land. The Icelanders I have asked have told me how much they like to live here. What is it about being here I have asked...'everything' came the response. 'We use nature' someone explained to me, and they didn't mean use as consume, they were describing an alignment to the power of the Earth which is palpable in the air here.