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  • Looking at Falljökull and Virkisjökull Glaciers with Rauðikamb in middle

    Looking at Falljökull and Virkisjökull Glaciers with Rauðikamb in middle

    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.
  • Looking up to Háalda, Rótarfjallsjökull and Kotárjökull –

    Looking up to Háalda, Rótarfjallsjökull and Kotárjökull –

    Háalda is a bulky glacial sediment ridge between Sandfell and Hof. The composition of the sediment indicates that it was deposited by a fast-flowing glacial burst (jökulhlaup), partly from under the Kotárjökull glacier. The ridge was formed during a huge flood carrying rocky granules, volcanic ash and icebergs during the 1727 eruption under Öræfajökull glacier. A prominent depression (jökulker) in the mountainside is the imprint of an iceberg. This phenomenon is typical of a dead-ice landscape. The elevation above sea level is 1128 metres.
  • Eldborg, Drotning and Stóra Kóngsfell Volcanos in Bláfjöll a

    Eldborg, Drotning and Stóra Kóngsfell Volcanos in Bláfjöll a

    Eldborg is a mossy crater west of the road to Bláfjöll. The crater is regularly shaped, about 200 m in diameter and about 30 m deep. The lava has flowed from Eldborg and the longest lava flows will have flowed all the way down to Lækjarbotna. The volcano was protected in 1971. The Mountain Queen undoubtedly gets this name because of its proximity to the Volcano Stóra-Kóngsfell, which is much more majestic to see. Stóra-Kóngsfell is about 596 m above sea level. and from there a great view of the area and to the beach at Faxaflói. There, lava flows have flowed up to the cliffs and where lava and grinding steps meet, it is usually good to walk.
  • 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.
  • Fellsárjökull and Sveinstunga Mountain from Air - Iceland

    Fellsárjökull and Sveinstunga Mountain from Air - Iceland

    Fellsárjökull and Sveinstunga Mountain with Innri Veðurárdalsfjöll in the background. One can see the outlet from Fellsárjökli has almost disappeared due to the climate changes. Ones it went all the way down to Innri-Veðurdal and Veðurdalslón.
  • The Highlands of Landmannalaugar area- #Iceland

    The Highlands of Landmannalaugar area- #Iceland

    The Highlands of Iceland are a sparsely inhabited plateau that covers most of the interior of Iceland. They are situated above 400–500 metres (1300–1600 feet) and are mostly an uninhabitable volcanic desert, because the water precipitating as rain or snow infiltrates so quickly into the ground that it is unavailable for plant growth. This results largely in a surface of grey, black or brown earth, lava and volcanic ashes.
  • Þjóðveldisbærinn in Þjórsárdalur

    Þjóðveldisbærinn in Þjórsárdalur

    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.
  • Gunnuhver geothermal area with Reykjanesviti Lighthouse in the b

    Gunnuhver geothermal area with Reykjanesviti Lighthouse in the b

    The area is close to Reykjanes lighthouse and is collectively named Gunnuhver after a female ghost that was laid there. She had caused great disturbance until a priest set a trap for her and she fell into the spring. This happened about 400 years ago. The mud pools take form where steam from boiling geothermal reservoir water emanates and condenses and mixes with surface water. Accompanying gases such as carbon dioxide and hydrogen sulphide make the water acid. This causes alteration of the fresh lava rock to clay. Steaming of the ground at Reykjanes increased markedly as a consequence of a pressure drawdown in the geothermal reservoir upon the start of production from the reservoir in 2006. Iceland´s largest mud pool at present prominent, highest up in the Gunnuhver group. It is 20 meters wide across a rim of mud, boiling vigorously. Reykjanesviti is Iceland's oldest lighthouse. It serves as a landfall light for Reykjavík and Keflavík. The tower is a 31 metres (102 ft) tall construction, situated on the southwestern edge of the Reykjanes peninsula. The original structure was built in 1878; just eight years later the building was destroyed by an earthquake. In 1929 the current Reykjanesviti lighthouse, a concrete construction yet with traditional looks, was illuminated. Its focal plane measures 73 metres above sea level. The light characteristic is "Fl (2) W 30 s.", i.e. a group of two flashing lights every 30 seconds. An antenna for the transmission of DGPS-signals in the longwave range is mounted on the rooftop. There is also a two-story keeper's residence built in the modern area, and the lighthouse has a resident keeper.
  • Víðisandur Beach - Reykjanes – Iceland

    Víðisandur Beach - Reykjanes – Iceland

    There is a place at Reykjanes where you can find a beautiful beach. This is one of my favorite spots not far from my home. When I come there to play with my camera I always forget myself, I’m alone, the stress goes away and I usually start by sitting down and look at what has been created for us. At this place, like so many others in Iceland, the view is endless, the cold Atlantic ocean with all its waves, banging on the coast to highlight how powerful and dangerous it is. Still it looks so gentle and it draws me towards it as often I possibly can. This area never looks the same, it doesn’t matter what season it is, and it’s always breathtaking. There is one thing I miss about photography and that is to be able to put in my emotiones and feelings so you would understand what I’m experiencing. Well I have to start realize that I’m doing my best to do so with my photography.
  • The Lake at Stóra-Sandvík. – Iceland

    The Lake at Stóra-Sandvík. – Iceland

    The Cove south of Valahnjúkur features a spectacular boulder black beach and Lake formed by the rampant storms of the North Atlantic, and farther to the north the black sand dunes at Stóra Sandvík are a blunt reminder that the wind blows fearlessly through Reykjanes. It also hosts a small (~1 km2) high-temperature geothermal area with small steaming vents and bubbling solfatars. However, these hot springs are only a shadow of what they used to be, partly because the area is now utilized for power generation. In many places along the coastline of Iceland

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