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  • Sogaselsdalur in the mountain of Reykjanes

    Sogaselsdalur in the mountain of Reykjanes

    Sogaselsdalur in the mountains of Reykjanes is an old almost cooled down geothermal valley where you still can see all the clay on the hill side. It’s not recommended to walk in the valley itself as the clay gets stuck under your sole. This is a beautiful hidden Gem. Reykjanes. Iceland
  • Looking at Falljökull and Virkisjökull Glaciers with Rauðikam

    Looking at Falljökull and Virkisjökull Glaciers with Rauðikam

    There's a reason Falljökull means the "Falling Glacier." Crashing down over hundreds of years on its way from Vatnajökull National Park to the Atlantic Ocean, it is literally a giant frozen waterfall cascading decade by decade, millimeter by millimeter in front of your eyes. It also happens to be an incredibly accessible outlet glacier. A small brook, Fallsjokulskvisl falls from the glacier and close to it are two canyons, Graenafjallsgljufur and Storalekjargljufur, also well worth checking out. Virkisjokull is an outlet of Vatnajokull glacier and thus a part of Vatnajokull National Park. At Virkisjokull glacier you can explore impressive ice formations and crevasses, take in the scenic view of the surrounding mountains and the impressive icefall, crashing down hundreds of meters. The tremendous power of glaciers as agents of landscape change can be understood when one sees the speed at which ice is able to flow. Their ability to shape and carve modern mountain chains can be seen all over the world, and their legacy spreads far wider, into landscapes now totally devoid of permanent ice, both upland and lowland. The BGS Virkisjökull Glacier Observatory was established in 2009, and new equipment has been installed each year to monitor the key components of this glaciated catchment, namely climate, ice dynamics, landscape change, hydrology and groundwater. The Icelandic stock Photo Store – IceStockPhotos.com is an attractive and economical way to satisfy your creative requirements. At http://www.icestockphotos.com you can find thousands of #Professional high resolution photos from #Iceland to suit your design requirements. One web for all the #PHOTOS you need from #Iceland.
  • Looking at Fálkaþúfa Mountain near Falljökull and Virkisjök

    Looking at Fálkaþúfa Mountain near Falljökull and Virkisjök

    There's a reason Falljökull means the "Falling Glacier." Crashing down over hundreds of years on its way from Vatnajökull National Park to the Atlantic Ocean, it is literally a giant frozen waterfall cascading decade by decade, millimeter by millimeter in front of your eyes. It also happens to be an incredibly accessible outlet glacier. A small brook, Fallsjokulskvisl falls from the glacier and close to it are two canyons, Graenafjallsgljufur and Storalekjargljufur, also well worth checking out. Virkisjokull is an outlet of Vatnajokull glacier and thus a part of Vatnajokull National Park. At Virkisjokull glacier you can explore impressive ice formations and crevasses, take in the scenic view of the surrounding mountains and the impressive icefall, crashing down hundreds of meters. The tremendous power of glaciers as agents of landscape change can be understood when one sees the speed at which ice is able to flow. Their ability to shape and carve modern mountain chains can be seen all over the world, and their legacy spreads far wider, into landscapes now totally devoid of permanent ice, both upland and lowland. The BGS Virkisjökull Glacier Observatory was established in 2009, and new equipment has been installed each year to monitor the key components of this glaciated catchment, namely climate, ice dynamics, landscape change, hydrology and groundwater.
  • Proud Roster - #Iceland

    Proud Roster - #Iceland

    Proud Roster - #Iceland
  • Snorrastaðatjarnir

    Snorrastaðatjarnir

    Snorrastaðatjarnir, or the Snorrastaða Ponds, is a spectacular place to observe bird migration during spring and autumn. This fertile and beautiful spot is shaped like a bowl. It lies just off the main road on your way to the Blue Lagoon, is a resting place for the thousands of birds moving between countries and continents. Part of the Nature Conservation Register, it has always been a popular picnic and outdoors area for people living in the towns around the Reykjanes Peninsula like Vogar. Snorrastaðatjarnir has three major ponds that were all formed by rift valleys. Their biosphere is quite rich, and it is a rare child who doesn't love catching sand lances and water beetles in the pond. The flora in this unique bowl in the middle of a lava field is quite diverse. It is heathery and sports a variety of moss species. You might even find candlesnuffer moss. Here you are also likely to spot endangered wildflower species, like blue moor grass and herb paris. This area is practically the only place on the Reykjanes Peninsula where you will find woods. The most prominent tree is birch, growing tall and straight as the area is sheltered beneath tall fault walls.
  • Þjóðveldisbærinn Stöng (The Commonwealth farm) in Þjórsá

    Þjóðveldisbærinn Stöng (The Commonwealth farm) in Þjórsá

    Below the mountain of Sámsstaðamúli in Þjórsárdalur (Þjórsárdalur) in Southern Iceland lies the medieval farm, Þjóðveldisbærinn (Thjóthveldisbaerinn). Þjóðveldisbærinn Stöng (Commonwealth Farm) is a reconstructed viking-era farmstead in Iceland, located in the Þjórsárdalur valley in Árnessýsla county. It is a historically accurate reconstruction of the three buildings, including a longhouse, which stood 7 km to the north at Stöng; the farm is believed to have been buried under volcanic ash in 1104 following the eruption of the volcano Hekla. The reconstruction was built in 1974 as a part of the national celebrations of the 1100th anniversary of the settlement of Iceland in 874.
  • Walking in the Highlands of Hengill Volcano - #Iceland

    Walking in the Highlands of Hengill Volcano - #Iceland

    Hengill volcano is situated in the southwest of Iceland, to the south of Þingvellir. The volcano covers an area of about 100 km². The volcano is still active, evidenced by its numerous hot springs and fumaroles, but the last eruption occurred approximately 2,000 years ago.
  • Geothermal area in the Hengill mountains in the Highlands of Ice

    Geothermal area in the Hengill mountains in the Highlands of Ice

    The Hengill central volcano is situated in the southwest of Iceland, to the south of Þingvellir. The volcano covers an area of about 100 km². The volcano is still active, evidenced by the numerous hot springs and fumaroles, but the last eruption occurred approximately 2000 years ago. The volcano is an important source of energy for the south of the country, which is captured at the Nesjavellir power station (near the western shore of the lake Þingvallavatn) and the Hellisheiði power station (approximately 11 km south and west of Nesjavellir). Both stations are operated by Orkuveita Reykjavíkur (Reykjavik Energy). The area with its mountains and hot springs is well suited for hiking and there are a lot of hiking trails. The small town of Hveragerði with its multitude of hot springs is also part of the Hengill area. Some folk tales and sagas are connected to the region. For example, a young farmer is said to have killed the sleeping troll woman Jóra while she lay in wait for innocent wanderers or horsemen on the trail over Dyrafjöll
  • Sometimes it’s hard to find a safe way home - #Iceland

    Sometimes it’s hard to find a safe way home - #Iceland

    The beautiful area of Veiðivötn, just northeast of Landmannalaugar, is an entanglement of small desert lakes in a volcanic basin, a continuation of the same fissure that produced Laugahraun in the Fjallabak Nature Reserve. The crater formations here are of a true extraterrestrial character and environment something truly unique. The contrast between black sand and gin clear waters is very unique. This part of the country is among the youngest (1477) and wildest pearls of the central highlands. It comprises about 50 lakes of different sizes, most of which are so-called crater lakes. The area is about 20 km long and 5 km wide and has a southwest - northeast direction. The craters and the lakes lie in two rows. You have to ford the small river between the two Fossvotn lakes to get into the area. Most of the lakes are fed and discharged underground because the lava fields and the scoria are very permeable.
  • Early winter morning at Lake Kleifarvatn- #Iceland

    Early winter morning at Lake Kleifarvatn- #Iceland

    The lake Kleifarvatn is about 10 km². It is the largest of Reykjanes peninsula and the third largest of southern Iceland. It is about 97 m deep and one of the deepest lakes in Iceland. It is located on the fissure zone of the Mid-Atlantic Ridge. Their movements, as they pull apart, are what cause this region to have so many eruptions and earthquakes. The lake has no visible water coming in or going out as most of its water comes and leaves underground. Its catchment area is small and it has a very limited discharge on the surface. The lake has diminished since year 2000 because of two major earthquakes, which probably opened up fissures at its bottom. In the sixties char fries from Lake Hlidarvatn were released into the lake and have thrived quite well. In the southernmost part a hot water from some hot springs runs into the lake but elsewhere the lake is very cold. A small fishing lodge is located by the lake. Great place for photographers because of the volcanic surroundings of the lake are unique and beautiful. The story says that a monster in the shape of a worm and size of a medium sized whale lives in the lake.

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