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  • Kristjánsdalahorn mountain rig at Reykjanes Peninsula - #Icelan

    Kristjánsdalahorn mountain rig at Reykjanes Peninsula - #Icelan

    Kristjánsdalahorn is a mountain in Iceland, with an elevation of 325 metres (1066 ft) and a prominence of 34 metres (112 ft) in the Iceland
  • Pillar of rocks in Kirkjuvogsbás at Reykjanes Peninsula - #Icel

    Pillar of rocks in Kirkjuvogsbás at Reykjanes Peninsula - #Icel

    Pillar of rocks in Kirkjuvogsbás at Reykjanes Peninsula in the evening sun. Beautiful basalt cliffs, grimly majestic where steaming hot geothermal water meets cold water from the Atlantic ocean.
  • Kirkjufell and Kirkjufellsfoss in the winter twilight - #Iceland

    Kirkjufell and Kirkjufellsfoss in the winter twilight - #Iceland

    Mt. Kirkjufell (463 m) is the most prominent mountain in Grundarfjörður and a landmark of the fishing town. The mountain is free-standing and referred to as the most beautiful mountain on the Snæfellsnes peninsula - some even say the whole of Iceland. Surrounded by beaches, Kirkjufell has a lovely walking trail around it as well as a more challenging climb up to the top where bird and fish fossils can be found The name Kirkjufell means Church Mountain as it is considered to resemble a church. Throughout the centuries, Kirkjufell’s striking slopes have acted as a visual landmark for seafarers and travellers. Kirkjufell takes its name from its resemblance to a church steeple, sharpened at the top with long curved sides. Kirkjufell is a stack of layers of sedimentary rocks from glacial and interglacial stages. At the base is Tertiary Lava. And then it alternates between Sandstone, and Quaternary lava. At the top is tuff (a geological profile is available at the bottom of this article). And then during the last Ice age, erosion shaped it. Its side are so steep because it was a high rock pressured between 2 glacier tongues. Kirkjufellsfoss waterfall is situated in Kirkjufellsá river and located near the proud mount Kirkjufell. This beautiful five meter high fall flows in a couple of levels before its stream makes its final plunge to a lagoon along the shore of the ocean, with the famous mountain Kirkjufell looming above.
  • Mýrdalsjökull volcano ice cap glowing in the morning light - #

    Mýrdalsjökull volcano ice cap glowing in the morning light - #

    Mýrdalsjökull is an ice cap in the south of Iceland. It is to the north of Vík í Mýrdal and to the east of the smaller ice cap Eyjafjallajökull. Between these two glaciers is Fimmvörðuháls pass. Its peak reaches 1,493 m (4,898 ft) in height and in 1980 it covered an area of 595 km2 (230 sq mi). The icecap of the glacier covers an active volcano called Katla. The caldera of the volcano has a diameter of 10 km (6 mi) and the volcano erupts usually every 40–80 years. The last eruption took place in 1918. Scientists are actively monitoring the volcano, particularly after the eruption of nearby Eyjafjallajökull began in April 2010. Since the year 930, 16 eruptions have been documented.
  • The Vik church (Víkurkirkja) on the hill at Vík village in the

    The Vik church (Víkurkirkja) on the hill at Vík village in the

    The Vik church (Víkurkirkja) was built between the years of 1932 and 1934 and it is made of concrete. The church can seat roughly 200 church-goers. The most significant relic the church holds is an altar containing paintings by a famous Icelandic painter Brynjólfur Þórðarson. The church is situated above the village of Vik and it offers some very nice views of Vik together with its most interesting sights, the ocean and the mountains all around. Further details from Wikipedia: Vík lies directly south of the Mýrdalsjökull glacier, which itself is on top of the Katla volcano. Katla has not erupted since 1918, and this longer than typical dormant period has led to speculation that an eruption may occur soon. An eruption of Katla could melt enough ice to trigger an enormous flash flood, potentially large enough to obliterate the entire town. The town's church, located high on a hill, is believed to be the only building that would survive such a flood. Thus, the people of Vík practice periodic drills and are trained to rush to the church at the first sign of an eruption.
  • Old relics with the lake Kaldbaksvatn in the background at Westf

    Old relics with the lake Kaldbaksvatn in the background at Westf

    Old relics at the sandbar in Kaldbaksvík bay with the lake Kaldbaksvatn in the background. Both in Landnáma and Grettissaga we can read about the first settler in Kaldbaksdalur who was Önundur “wooden leg” Ófeigssonur
  • Driftwood along the Westfjords of #Iceland

    Driftwood along the Westfjords of #Iceland

    In many places along the coastline of Iceland driftwood has been washed ashore over a long period of time. Although the amount of driftwood varies from place to place it is found on almost every beach along the coast. Primarily it’s spruce (Picea), pine (Pinus) and larch (Larix sibirica) the majority of these trees originally stood along Siberian rivers such as the Ob and the Lena where they may have eroded from the shores or escaped from logging operations. Once at sea, the trees drift with the Arctic Ocean currents. It takes the trees 4-5 years to reach Iceland, travelling between 400 and 1000 km (250-620 miles) each year. The youngest dated sample indicates that it is possible for arctic driftwood to reach the coasts of Iceland in less than six years. Driftwood can only stay afloat for about ten months indicating that these trees are primarily carried by sea ice. Along the way, the wood becomes impregnated with so much salt from the seawater that it is hardened thus making it excellent for use in construction. Driftwood has played an important role all around this otherwise woodless country ever since it was settled. The volume of this natural resource has been great during the centuries, but somewhat different between the years. It probably extended the inhabitancy of many remote areas, which were abandoned gradually during the first half of the 20th century. The wood was exploited for the building of abodes, boats, furniture, boat winches, food bowls, barrels and boxes and also for making charcoal. The cortex was dried and rolled up to light the fire in the stoves. The driftwood as everything else, which drifts ashore, belongs to the landowners, who went to great lengths to protect these rights in the past. If they could not immediately move the wood they wanted to use, they marked the trunks or logs to prevent others from picking them up. The longer the trunks stay in the sea, the more saturated they get with salt and grow very hard and enduring as a c
  • Old houses near the sea at Bakkafjordur village

    Old houses near the sea at Bakkafjordur village

    Bakkafjörður is a small fishing village in North-East Iceland, located in a fjord with the same name.
  • Shining Ice cube at the Diamond Black Beach - #Iceland

    Shining Ice cube at the Diamond Black Beach - #Iceland

    Jökulsárlón literally "glacial river lagoon" is a large glacial lake in southeast Iceland, on the edge of Vatnajökull National Park. Situated at the head of the Breiðamerkurjökull glacier, it developed into a lake after the glacier started receding from the edge of the Atlantic Ocean. The lake has grown since then at varying rates because of melting of the glaciers. It is now 1.5 km (0.93 mi) away from the ocean's edge and covers an area of about 18 km2 (6.9 sq mi). It recently became the deepest lake in Iceland, at over 248 m (814 ft), as glacial retreat extended its boundaries. The size of the lake has increased fourfold since the 1970s. It is considered as one of the natural wonders of Iceland.
  • Shining Ice cube at the Diamond Black Beach - #Iceland

    Shining Ice cube at the Diamond Black Beach - #Iceland

    Jökulsárlón literally "glacial river lagoon" is a large glacial lake in southeast Iceland, on the edge of Vatnajökull National Park. Situated at the head of the Breiðamerkurjökull glacier, it developed into a lake after the glacier started receding from the edge of the Atlantic Ocean. The lake has grown since then at varying rates because of melting of the glaciers. It is now 1.5 km (0.93 mi) away from the ocean's edge and covers an area of about 18 km2 (6.9 sq mi). It recently became the deepest lake in Iceland, at over 248 m (814 ft), as glacial retreat extended its boundaries. The size of the lake has increased fourfold since the 1970s. It is considered as one of the natural wonders of Iceland.

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