Kingsmill Third Thursday Lunch Bunch member Walter Schmid was the speaker at the groups October meeting. He gave a slide show presentation about a trip around Iceland by foot and boat. Mr. Schmid found Iceland to be a very small, but interesting country. Its population is only a little more than 323,000, but it has a very scenic landscape of volcanoes, glaciers, northern lights, and waterfalls. The towns are interesting and the citizens friendly. Mr. Schmid also talked about Iceland's history from its settlement by the Vikings, through belonging to several different European countries until it finally gained its independence. Fishing and tourism are the mainstays of the economy. Because tourism is such a big part of the economy, Iceland is a fairly inexpensive place to visit. Icelandair offers competitive airfare between the U.S. and Europe with multi-day layovers in Iceland at no additional cost. Club president Pete Peterson (r) is shown presenting Mr. Schmid with a Certificate of Appreciation.
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