In 2009, during the Icelandic economic collapse, McDonalds shut its golden arches on the country and left it without hideous processed McBurgers to clog Icelandic arteries. A man named Hjörtur Smárason purchased up the very last cheeseburger sold in the country, but rather than consume it, he left it on a shelf in his garage for a three years. When next he looked at it, he realized the burger hadn't aged a day, and donated it to the national museum, where it sat in storage for another year.
Eventually the burger made its way to the Reykjavik Bus Hostel, where it's now on display 24/7 via live webcam and occasionally on Instagram when it goes on field trips. The burger seems a little dry more than 2200 days after it was made, but is still, grossly, totally edible looking:
Lights Out: Photographer Joe Capra spent 17 days in Iceland this past June taking advantage of the midnight sun to capture 38,000 stunning images across 2,900 miles. This short time-lapse film is the product of his journey.
He writes: "My advice to everyone out there, photographer or not, is simple... You MUST visit Iceland so
Volcanic Eruption of the Day: Rapture back on?: Grímsvötn -- Iceland's most active volcano -- has just blown its top, sending a plume of ash 18,000-feet in the air, and triggering some 50 small earthquakes.
The Grímsvötn volcano's last eruption in 2004 lasted about a week.
Despite its dramatic appearance, experts don't expect a repeat of the air travel disruption that occurred in the af