Iceland, Its Volcanoes, Geysers and Glaciers, by Charles S. Forbes,

 
9781232351696: Iceland, Its Volcanoes, Geysers and Glaciers, by Charles S. Forbes,
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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1860 Excerpt: ...with a religious horror of the difficulties to be encountered. Endless were the adieux on the part of the wives and families of these worthies: indeed, the village generally appeared to think them bent on suicide. The ascent commenced almost immediately, and was abrupt and difficult until we gained the summit of the spur, at an elevation of about 2000 feet; we then continued advancing amongst the ash-hills, and heaps of pumice and scoria, with which this side of the yokul is strewed. The general aspect of this plateau, which forms its base on the north side, is trachytic; resting, or rather fenced in many parts of the sea-shore, with basaltic formations: nowhere on this side did I see any symptom of a lava-current, or even fragmentary portions. Advancing, and occasionally gently ascending, amongst these hills for two or three miles, we approached the snow-line of the shoulder of the yokulz all signs of vegetation had long since made way for the naked evidences of volcanic devastation-, 198 A DISCOURAGING ASPECT. Cnar. XI. and we gradually merged into a region of snow and fog. Tying oi1r ponies together head and tail, in such a manner that they could with difficulty move, and that only in a circle, we got into our spiked shoes, and commenced, half benumbed with our long three hours' ride in this bitter morning, the real business of the day. The weather began to mend, and occasionally we obtained glimpses of the icecovered shoulder lying before us, apparently offering an easy ascent over a smooth surface, at an angle of about 45; but neither of the three summits into which the crown of the yokul is divided ever favoured us with even a glance. Here, on the margin of the snow-line, my hopes revived on finding a horse-shoe encrusted with rust: in all proba...

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