Monday, July 18, 2005

Snæfellsjökull National Park

Glacier Snæfellsjökull - a mountain of mystical power

In our civilised society we rarely give thought to the mysteries of the forces within our planet but in Iceland these forces invade the imagination as they struggle to break though to the surface by means of volcanoes and geysers. Nature's exertions have not ceased since the time land was pushed up from the North Atlantic seabed by volcanic forces. One can easily imagine that the barrier between the earth’s surface and natural elements beneath is at its flimsiest in Iceland and it is thus scarcely surprising that Jules Verne in his classic novel was inspired to choose the volcanic crater of Snaefellsjokull in Iceland as the entrance to the centre of the Earth. Following cryptic clues, the eccentric Professor Lidenbrock, his reluctant nephew and their phlegmatic Icelandic guide make their way on the pure-bred Icelandic horses from the capital to Snaefellsjokull. We follow their path but stop short of actually entering the crater and penetrating the earth's surface! Journeying to the centre of the earth is of course impossible but sceptics should note that another book in the Jules Verne's 'Voyages Extraordinaire' series was published in 1865 with the title 'From the Earth to the Moon'!

Wikipedia Snæfellsjökull

Journey to the Center of the Earth

The novel "Journey to the Center of the Earth" by Jules Verne has been made into various film versions.

People believing in esoteric, think the volcano to be a culminating point of special powers. The area is also believed to be a frequent landing pad for visitors from outer space.

The Role Play Game Snæfellsjökull

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