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Aug., 2016- Driving Iceland’s Ring Road feels like being on another planet. The country is sparsely populated with 3/4 of the population living in Reykyavik. The road travels 800 miles through a stark volcanic landscape, skirts the edge of the island, goes over mountain passes and through long tunnels. Tectonic plates pull the island apart leaving large cracks on the earth's surface. Waterfalls are nearly always visible. Under the land, water boils and erupts in geysers but provides residents of Reykyavik with free geothermal energy to heat their homes. Superstition regarding elves is so great that many homes have three little elf houses in their yards. Elves are said to come out only at night when they cannot be seen. Land where they are believed to reside cannot be disturbed by construction projects.