English For Third Prep - Term One - Chapter Three
A) THE JOURNEY TO ICELAND
The Professor and Axel prepared for their journey. They packed guns, tools and scientific instruments into boxes. They travelled on a steamer to Copenhagen where they got letters of introduction to important people in Iceland.
From Copenhagen they sailed to the capital of Iceland. The Professor was seasick most of the voyage.
In the capital of Iceland, they met Dr. Fridrikson. He told the Professor about the Iceland volcanoes which were not explored and suggested for him, Snaffles volcano. He also arranged for a guide called Hans to go with them.
B) THE JOURNEY TO SNEFFLES
Hans led the Professor and Axel out of the capital of Iceland. They travelled for three days in the countryside. There were hardly any animals or crops. They had to cross inlets and sometimes they had to wait until the tide was out. The Icelanders were kind and helpful. The characters slept in farmhouses. The Icelanders gave them the best food and drink and refused to take any money. Then the characters climbed up through sharp rocks. Axel got tired while the Professor walked very quickly. Axel was frightened and told his uncle the volcano might not be extinct.
Axel dreamt that he was inside a volcano and he was shot out of it like a rocket.
The three men climbed up and it was hard for them to breathe. At last, they reached the top of Sneffels which looked like a cone. They camped at the edge of the crater.
C) THE THREE CHIMNEYS
The next morning, they began to go down to the bottom of the crater with the help of ropes. At the bottom they found three chimneys. The Professor discovered on the rock letters which spelt the name Arne Saknussemm. This meant they were on the right way to the centre of the earth.
The characters couldn't find out the right chimney which they would descent. There was no shadow of Scartaris because there was no sun.