This smallish “clip & lock” box which could well end up being most visitors first or last cache in Iceland as it is so easy to reach once you have checked your luggage in or while you are waiting for a bus.
On first arrival at Keflavik the first thing that takes most peoples' gaze are the 2 sculptures, the "Jet Nest" & "The Rainbow".
PLEASE MAKE SURE YOU REPLACE ANY BLOCKS YOU INADVERTENTLY MAY DISLODGE. WHEN THE CACHE WAS SET UP IT WAS VERY CLEAR WHICH SINGLE BLOCK NEEDED TO BE MOVED TO FIND THE CACHE AND THE HINT WAS MADE VERY PRECISE SO PEOPLE WOULD NOT DAMAGE THE AREA SURROUNDING THE SCULPTURE. I NEVER IMAGINED IT WOULD GET SO MANY VISITS!!
The Jet Nest comprises a giant stainless steel egg out of which a jet wing (or Concorde-like nose) is peeking out, rather like a little bird breaking out of it's egg.
This symbolic piece is the largest work of designer Magnús Tómasson and is stands on a pile of Icelandic rocks in a floodlight pond. The Rainbow is much farther away at the edge of one of the long term parking areas. It was constructed by Icelandic artist Rúri in 1991 and reaches 24 metres into the sky. It is made of stainless steel and stained glass. Unlike a natural rainbow which materializes out of the blue, lasts for a few moments and then disappears, this sculpture is made to last.
In Icelandic folklore the rainbow has a symbolic meaning in connection with good fortune or wishes. The story tells that if one can stand "under the rainbow" one may have a wish, that will be fulfilled. This is similar to the more widely known European version which says that if you can get to the rainbow's end you will find a fortune such a cauldron full of gold there. It seems that the Icelandic 'fortune' (meaning destiny & luck, as in "good fortune") has become translated in a financial in the other European cultures.
So for once you can actually get to the end of a rainbow and you will hopefully have good luck during your stay in Iceland. As the end of the rainbow is on a raised slabbed area, disabled cachers may need assistance to make the retireve of the cache but, however you do it, PLEASE REMOVE THE FEWEST NUMBER OF STONES NECESSARY TO RETRIEVE THE CACHE!
Because of the cache size and the likely frequency of visits it would be much appreciated if:-
1) You use only 2 lines maximum for your log entry please, and
2) Don’t fill the cache up with geo-tat, personal ‘signature’ items and the like that are likely to go soggy.
Please leave it available for geocoins or small TB’s, especially those that want to leave the country to visit other parts of the world. It would help if they had their desired destination attached to them in some way.
Many thanks to those wizards of Icelandic caching, Islandia Geomatics and Dreki, for saying they will try and help me maintain this cache if necessary. Thanks to many other people this has not yet proved necessary.
The latest huge "THANK YOU" is to tomfre, madre6095 (Karen) and several other "white knights of geocaching" who offered to help replace the cache when it went missing in August 2014. I AM VERY GRATEFUL INDEED FOR FOLK LIKE YOU WHO HELP ME KEEP SOME OF MY FAR-FLUNG CACHES (far-flung from the UK owner in this case!) UP AND RUNNING. More recently to De Mondo who gave the cache a good clean and dry in March 2015 and "pete+becky" for very kindly putting in a new log book and even replaced the zip-lock bag when the old one blew away!!! That's Icelandic weather for you And in March 2016 Delenna & Tehotytöt have helped me by putting a new log roll protected inside a 35mm pot into the damaged container so that should keep this one going for a while. The latest to do this was tanjulainen from Finland and more recently still (June 2016) FollowMeHawkMom Also much appreciated the help of XCaellaX in Feb 2017 - hope he didn't leave behind his boarding pass as the log sheet!! Many Thanks Indeed to you all. The geocaching world would be far poorer if it were not for kind-hearted people like you!
The "SPECIAL THANKS" list keeps getting longer, however, due to this being one of the top 3 most often found traditional caches in Iceland!
Many thanks indeed to Team Knossos, and later Kaviol for helping by kindly replacing the logbook and tidying up the cache when they visited. Very much appreciated. Since then cobra67 has put in a fresh box as the old one was falling apart after 4 years and over a thousand visits.