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Visit to Iceland
Madame Ida Pfeiffer

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VISIT TO ICELAND 

CHAPTER I 

In the year 1845 I undertook another journey; {2} a journey,
moreover, to the far North.  Iceland was one of those regions
towards which, from the earliest period of my consciousness, I had
felt myself impelled.  In this country, stamped as it is by Nature
with features so peculiar, as probably to have no counterpart on the
face of the globe, I hoped to see things which should fill me with
new and inexpressible astonishment.  How deeply grateful do I feel
to Thee, O Thou that hast vouchsafed to me to behold the fulfilment
of these my cherished dreams! 

The parting from all my dear ones had this time far less bitterness;
I had found by experience, that a woman of an energetic mind can
find her way through the world as well as a man, and that good
people are to be met with every where.  To this was added the
reflection, that the hardships of my present voyage would be of

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