Astronomy's 2015 eclipse trip begins in Reykjavik, Iceland

Posted by David Eicher
on Monday, March 16, 2015

Reykjavik, Iceland, March 15, 2015.
Following our journeys from various places in the United States, the 35 travelers on Astronomy magazine’s 2015 eclipse tour met up in Iceland’s capital, Reykjavik, on Sunday morning, March 15, 2015. We then commenced a nine-day trip that will allow us to explore the amazing geology of various places in Iceland, as well as travel to the Faroe Islands on Wednesday in hopes of seeing next week’s total solar eclipse. These are hardy travelers, many of whom have seen previous eclipses, and the tour is being hosted by Astronomy’s travel partner, MWT Associates, represented by Melita Thorpe, Daniel Thorpe, and Julie Thorpe. We are all looking forward to a wonderful time. The group had a great first day with a bus tour of various parts of Reykjavik, seeing the famous waterfront, the amazing Blue Lagoon (where our travelers waded into the warmth of the waters heated by hydrothermal springs), and the incredible Hallgrímskirkja Church, one of the architectural wonders of the city.

This is an amazing place — a volcanic paradise — and we will explore the area in more detail today, on Monday. The weather is cool (roughly 40°F [4°C]), and we have had high winds and spitting rain for the first few hours. Everyone, of course, is hopeful that the weather will improve as we move toward eclipse day.

Stay tuned!

For all images from the trip, visit the Online Reader Gallery.

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