Our NARGS chapter has recently been given a pretty complete collection of national NARGS bulletins from 1965 to present by a retiring member. (1965, I think, is when our Chapter was formed.) We now have a place to store them and plan their use as a lending library. The first stage is cataloging what we have. I offered to record some of them, and of course, I am taking the opportunity to peruse the literature.
Since we have here at DG a noteworthy Icelandic participant, I thought this appropriate as I ran across an article in a 1967 edition about touring Iceland. Written by an NARGS member, the tour was actually to see “Birds of Iceland”, but as the author puts it: “ Most of the references in the descriptive brochure were about the interesting bird life in Iceland, but there were enough remarks about the plants to whet our appetites and make going . . . worthwhile.” Touring began on June 11 and continued for 2 weeks.
Referring to both the amazingly changeable weather and the “bleak” landscape, Nickolas Nickou’s first impression was: “In short, Iceland seemed a potentially miserable place to look for plants.” But he and his wife were very fortunate that the tour leader was quite learned in the Island’s flora as well as its fauna. In subsequent pages of the article (six pages in all), he goes on to list dozens and dozens of the species they encountered, along with loads of interesting tidbits of botanical observation.
I thought it would be interesting to see some of what grows in Iceland, as for myself, I didn't have a clue. Whether this is a good "overview" of Icelandic flora, is another unanswered question. I just thought the name was catchy.
The venture did, of course, include many bird species, aong with other notable Island features. Nevermind trying to pronounce words like Myrdalsjokull, a 30 mile in diameter glacier. And I can only imagine the Icelandic name for a particular glacial waterfall: He-who-lives-in-the-Gorge.