These notes, along with describing a trip made throughout the summer season of 1900 throughout critical Iceland from the north-east to the south-west, provide an account of extra travels by way of land within the west, and via sea alongside the coast and into the fjords of the north-west, north and east coasts.
The voyage to Iceland was once made in a single of the vessels owned by means of the United Steamship corporation, a Danish corporation buying and selling from Copenhagen to Leith, and thence to the Faroes and Iceland.
We have been six in all—a semi-scientific get together. there has been omit J. A. Hastie, a girl who has travelled a lot in Europe, Asia, Africa, and the US, and who's now not unacquainted with our Colonies on the Antipodes, or with the islands of the South Seas. She used to be in particular drawn to the botany of the rustic, in its folklore, and within the humans. Then there has been Captain W. H. Cope; he were at sea for the larger a part of his lifestyles, and had during his journeyings noticeable a lot of the area; he used to be our nautical adviser, and we observed him in concerns attached with the ocean. W. Glen, leave out Hastie's cousin, used to be often called the "handy guy" of the social gathering. If anyone was once in problems, Glen used to be constantly immediate to lend a aiding hand. He produced all types of items on the correct second. Did anybody require a screw-driver, then Glen had it; desire a corkscrew, Glen may offer it; a couple of scissors, he produced them—some string, a strap, it used to be the entire related. If a digicam struck paintings, Glen may perhaps render the strike useless, for he carried , and will lend one with no interfering together with his personal photographic paintings. A. W. Hill, of King's collage, Cambridge, was once our botanist—who describes what he observed. H. H. Thomas, of Balliol, paid certain recognition to the geological formation of the rustic that we traversed, and he was once often to be visible, digital camera in hand, taking pictures at fascinating formations—a glaciated lava floor, a volcanic vent, or a major "erratic" boulder or "perched block," for example; he additionally sketched industriously, and infrequently paced the floor compass in hand so that he could checklist in his note-book the path of a line of fissure, or the location of sizzling springs alongside that line; or whatever else of curiosity to geologists particularly. i used to be the geographer, whose undertaking it was once to make a map of a small section of the rustic traversed, to get a common proposal of its conformation, and to notice valleys and mountains, ice-fields and snow slopes, lava flows and scorching springs, amazing rivers and tiny rivulets. I undertook to chronicle the occasions of the adventure and to "take shots"—photographic shots—at males and issues. We have been all kind of dedicated to activity, and regularly the wish to kill took ownership people, particularly after we stuck sight of duck, grouse, or golden plover—or, after we got here to circulation or river the place trout or salmon have been recognized to abound, we had a wish to forged a fly. however it used to be maddening to grasp that our wishes couldn't be gratified, for the place have been gun and cartridges, rod and line? the guy who had undertaken to appear after that department of our initial preparations had failed us on the final second, and it was once no longer until too past due, after we have been embarking at Leith, that we realized that he used to be no longer coming with us. It was once no longer his fault, negative fellow, yet his misfortune. He had come a cropper from his bicycle, falling on his head, had remained subconscious for greater than twelve hours, and have been forbidden through his clinical advisers to travel—all this we knew not anything of till we have been embarking at Leith, whilst it was once altogether too overdue to obtain one other wearing outfit to exchange that which we had fondly believed to be already on board send, yet which used to be particularly mendacity many miles away, a ways past our succeed in. yet i'm going to hasten over a subject matter that awakens the main tantalising of memories, for plenty of have been the possibilities that have been missed.
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