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:: Iceland - jul '11 ::

001 - The Blue Lagoon, a natural spa with geothermal water of 37 degrees.JPG
001 - The Blue Lagoon, a natural spa with geothermal water of 37 degrees.JPG
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005 - Lighthouse from Garoskagaviti Northwest of Keflavik, built in 1897.JPG
005 - Lighthouse from Garoskagaviti Northwest of Keflavik, built in 1897.JPG
006 - The view from the Reykjavik main church 'Hallgrimskirkja', apparently you get this...uhm..amazing view from the top
006 - The view from the Reykjavik main church 'Hallgrimskirkja', apparently you get this...uhm..amazing view from the top
007 - With 75m, the Hallgrimskirkja is the largest church in Iceland. It's build to resemble typical Icelandic basalt formations
007 - With 75m, the Hallgrimskirkja is the largest church in Iceland. It's build to resemble typical Icelandic basalt formations
008 - Who wouldn't go for that tour!.JPG
008 - Who wouldn't go for that tour!.JPG
009 - Moby Dick on a stick! Best meal...EVER! Sorry Mr Whale, but it really was good....JPG
009 - Moby Dick on a stick! Best meal...EVER! Sorry Mr Whale, but it really was good....JPG
010 - The Silfra crack@Thingvellir Nat. Park,crystal clear water at 2 degrees between Eurasian and N-American continental plates
010 - The Silfra crack@Thingvellir Nat. Park,crystal clear water at 2 degrees between Eurasian and N-American continental plates
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012 - Thirsty while diving? Just drink the cold, fresh water - tastes better then bottled water!
012 - Thirsty while diving? Just drink the cold, fresh water - tastes better then bottled water!
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014 - The 'Silfra Hall'.JPG
014 - The 'Silfra Hall'.JPG
015 - 24hours per day with sunlight...takes some getting used to! This picture is taken without flash at 01:26am.JPG
015 - 24hours per day with sunlight...takes some getting used to! This picture is taken without flash at 01:26am.JPG
016 - The 914m Esja volcanic mountain range from basalt and tuff-stone (volcanic ash).JPG
016 - The 914m Esja volcanic mountain range from basalt and tuff-stone (volcanic ash).JPG
017 - Hvalskardsa
017 - Hvalskardsa
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019 - View over Hvalskardsa from the Glymur waterfall.JPG
019 - View over Hvalskardsa from the Glymur waterfall.JPG
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022 - The Glymar waterfall,196m the highest in Iceland. About 1,5hours to walk there...after which you get this stunning view!
022 - The Glymar waterfall,196m the highest in Iceland. About 1,5hours to walk there...after which you get this stunning view!
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028 - Beach view with Snaefellsjokull in the background.JPG
028 - Beach view with Snaefellsjokull in the background.JPG
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030 - Sealions and a glacier in the background... Iceland!.JPG
030 - Sealions and a glacier in the background... Iceland!.JPG
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032 - Pitch black church of Budir.JPG
032 - Pitch black church of Budir.JPG
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038 - Almost sunset at 22:36 :-).JPG
038 - Almost sunset at 22:36 :-).JPG
039 - Waiting for the ferry in Stykkisholmur.JPG
039 - Waiting for the ferry in Stykkisholmur.JPG
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041 - Old rusting fisher boat on the way to Latrabjarg.JPG
041 - Old rusting fisher boat on the way to Latrabjarg.JPG
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045 - Puffins at Latrabjarg, the most Western point of Europe.JPG
045 - Puffins at Latrabjarg, the most Western point of Europe.JPG
046 - It's colored beak and funny appearance, gave it it's nickname 'clown of the sea' and it's said God was making a joke ;-)
046 - It's colored beak and funny appearance, gave it it's nickname 'clown of the sea' and it's said God was making a joke ;-)
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049 - You can bairly call it flying what they do...they kinda fall down and dive upto 60m in the sea to hunt for fish
049 - You can bairly call it flying what they do...they kinda fall down and dive upto 60m in the sea to hunt for fish
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052 - Stunning view in the Westfjords.JPG
052 - Stunning view in the Westfjords.JPG
053 - Each of the 7 waterfalls that make up the Dynjandi waterfall has a different name.JPG
053 - Each of the 7 waterfalls that make up the Dynjandi waterfall has a different name.JPG
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055 - Dynjandi,most beautiful waterfall of Iceland - it's name translates to 'thunderous'...which is not an understatement!
055 - Dynjandi,most beautiful waterfall of Iceland - it's name translates to 'thunderous'...which is not an understatement!
056 - Uhm...this picture was taken about 5 minutes before I proposed to her! Yes...we're a perfect match :-).JPG
056 - Uhm...this picture was taken about 5 minutes before I proposed to her! Yes...we're a perfect match :-).JPG
057 - Ya man!.JPG
057 - Ya man!.JPG
058 - Beautiful!! Also look at the ring ;-).JPG
058 - Beautiful!! Also look at the ring ;-).JPG
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061 - The Westfjords....JPG
061 - The Westfjords....JPG
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064 - While driving, you always get the front and back view at the same time!.JPG
064 - While driving, you always get the front and back view at the same time!.JPG
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066 - Conveniently located hot pods  in Drangsnes, literally at the sea!.JPG
066 - Conveniently located hot pods in Drangsnes, literally at the sea!.JPG
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068 - Hvammstangi during the main event of the year, resulting in decorated houses and streets, and free sheep soup!
068 - Hvammstangi during the main event of the year, resulting in decorated houses and streets, and free sheep soup!
069 - The harbor at Hvammstangi.JPG
069 - The harbor at Hvammstangi.JPG
070 - The lupine plant is seen all over Iceland, originally to combat erosion but now spreading everywhere in the wild
070 - The lupine plant is seen all over Iceland, originally to combat erosion but now spreading everywhere in the wild
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074 - Hvitserkur ('white shirt'-thnx to the bird poop) looks like a dragon drinking - legend says it's a troll turned into stone
074 - Hvitserkur ('white shirt'-thnx to the bird poop) looks like a dragon drinking - legend says it's a troll turned into stone
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077 - Doooooooon't dooooo iiiiiiit!!!! Don't jump!!!.JPG
077 - Doooooooon't dooooo iiiiiiit!!!! Don't jump!!!.JPG
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079 - Farm and Museum in Glaumbaer.JPG
079 - Farm and Museum in Glaumbaer.JPG
080 - Building houses with turf walls was very typical for Iceland until about 1900.JPG
080 - Building houses with turf walls was very typical for Iceland until about 1900.JPG
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085 - Dinner in the garden of a nice farmer in Sydra Gardshorn - Brekka farm! Price: 1 glass of whiskey!.JPG
085 - Dinner in the garden of a nice farmer in Sydra Gardshorn - Brekka farm! Price: 1 glass of whiskey!.JPG
086 - By now, the sun started to set - at 23:21 the sky coloured a bit red...or reddish....JPG
086 - By now, the sun started to set - at 23:21 the sky coloured a bit red...or reddish....JPG
087 - Scenic view in Akureyri, with about 17000 inhabitants the 2nd biggest city in Iceland :-).JPG
087 - Scenic view in Akureyri, with about 17000 inhabitants the 2nd biggest city in Iceland :-).JPG
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089 - Godafoss 'waterfall of the Gods' is said to hold statues of Norse Gods when Iceland converted to Christianity in 999
089 - Godafoss 'waterfall of the Gods' is said to hold statues of Norse Gods when Iceland converted to Christianity in 999
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091 - Pseudo craters in Myvatn, formed by steam explosions as flowing hot lava crossed over the lake.JPG
091 - Pseudo craters in Myvatn, formed by steam explosions as flowing hot lava crossed over the lake.JPG
092 - walking into one of the pseudocraters, made it very clear where it's name came from: Myvatn stands for Mosquito Lake
092 - walking into one of the pseudocraters, made it very clear where it's name came from: Myvatn stands for Mosquito Lake
093 - Hverfjall volcano, a crater with 1km diameter formed out of ashes. It was formed in only a few days 2500 years ago
093 - Hverfjall volcano, a crater with 1km diameter formed out of ashes. It was formed in only a few days 2500 years ago
094 - Grotagja, caves with natural hot water where you can take a bath...although it's not really considered clean anymore
094 - Grotagja, caves with natural hot water where you can take a bath...although it's not really considered clean anymore
095 - Geothermal energy allows for power plants to harvest the energy. Bjarnarflag is the oldest one in Iceland (1967)
095 - Geothermal energy allows for power plants to harvest the energy. Bjarnarflag is the oldest one in Iceland (1967)
096 - Namafjall, a geothermal area with boiling mudpools and steaming openings in the earth's crust (aka fumaroles)
096 - Namafjall, a geothermal area with boiling mudpools and steaming openings in the earth's crust (aka fumaroles)
097 - Boiling mud!.JPG
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099 - A steamy, fresh...fumarole!.JPG
099 - A steamy, fresh...fumarole!.JPG
100 - Viti crater, with warm geothermal water.JPG
100 - Viti crater, with warm geothermal water.JPG
101 - Lava fields from the active volcano Krafla,mind the light grey lava being covered by the fresh steaming lava from 1984
101 - Lava fields from the active volcano Krafla,mind the light grey lava being covered by the fresh steaming lava from 1984
102 - Steaming, warm lava from Krafla.JPG
102 - Steaming, warm lava from Krafla.JPG
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104 - The Asbyrgi canyon, formed by an eruption 8000 years ago,blowing away parts of the mountain and glacial floodings after
104 - The Asbyrgi canyon, formed by an eruption 8000 years ago,blowing away parts of the mountain and glacial floodings after
105 - Sheep always have the right to go! Lot's of car collissions with them happen all the time..I completely understand why!
105 - Sheep always have the right to go! Lot's of car collissions with them happen all the time..I completely understand why!
106 - Detifoss,most powerfull waterfall in Europe with about 200 ton per sec! Not very scenic though, due to it's muddy water
106 - Detifoss,most powerfull waterfall in Europe with about 200 ton per sec! Not very scenic though, due to it's muddy water
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110 - Spooky views on the Icelandic roads.JPG
110 - Spooky views on the Icelandic roads.JPG
111 - A view on the Atlantic Ocean shortly after Djupivogur...our car broke down after taking this picture....JPG
111 - A view on the Atlantic Ocean shortly after Djupivogur...our car broke down after taking this picture....JPG
112 - Car failure...ah well, packing everything and waiting for our replacement car!.JPG
112 - Car failure...ah well, packing everything and waiting for our replacement car!.JPG
113 - The replacement car then had a warning light with 'Check Engine'... Where is Dennis when you need him!!.JPG
113 - The replacement car then had a warning light with 'Check Engine'... Where is Dennis when you need him!!.JPG
114 - Pitch black sandy beaches!.JPG
114 - Pitch black sandy beaches!.JPG
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118 - The Vatnajokull glacier.JPG
118 - The Vatnajokull glacier.JPG
119 - Jokulsarlon, a glacier lake from the Breidamerkurjokull glacier, where huge chunks of ice float towards the Atlantic Ocean
119 - Jokulsarlon, a glacier lake from the Breidamerkurjokull glacier, where huge chunks of ice float towards the Atlantic Ocean
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121 - A good place to spot Sea Lions too!.JPG
121 - A good place to spot Sea Lions too!.JPG
122 - Black sandy beaches, dense fog and chunks of ice give a unique view on the Atlantic Ocean.JPG
122 - Black sandy beaches, dense fog and chunks of ice give a unique view on the Atlantic Ocean.JPG
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126 - Guided treks on the Vatnajokull glacier.JPG
126 - Guided treks on the Vatnajokull glacier.JPG
127 - or unguided walks just a few meter next to the Vatnajokul glacier.JPG
127 - or unguided walks just a few meter next to the Vatnajokul glacier.JPG
128 - All covered in ashes and unstable icecaves etc made it a bad idea to go on there without guide...
128 - All covered in ashes and unstable icecaves etc made it a bad idea to go on there without guide...
129 - Svartifoss waterfall, surrounded by black basalt columns which were formed by lava that cooled down very slowly
129 - Svartifoss waterfall, surrounded by black basalt columns which were formed by lava that cooled down very slowly
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131 - Hakarl=rotten shark that can't be eaten fresh due to it's acid. Guess what..it's a sign, don't eat this! It's disgusting!!
131 - Hakarl=rotten shark that can't be eaten fresh due to it's acid. Guess what..it's a sign, don't eat this! It's disgusting!!
132 - and I wasn't the only one thinking Hakarl was disgusting....JPG
132 - and I wasn't the only one thinking Hakarl was disgusting....JPG
133 - A cave on the beach in Vik.JPG
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135 - Reynisdrangar, remains of a volcano or a local legend mentions 2 trolls dragging a 3 masted ship to land
135 - Reynisdrangar, remains of a volcano or a local legend mentions 2 trolls dragging a 3 masted ship to land
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137 - Basalt stacks at Vik beach.JPG
137 - Basalt stacks at Vik beach.JPG
138 - Myrdalsjoekull glacier-flood lifted and washed away a bridge near Vik, making the main Ring road temp inaccessible
138 - Myrdalsjoekull glacier-flood lifted and washed away a bridge near Vik, making the main Ring road temp inaccessible
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140 - The aggressive Icelandic Hofn birds were attacking people to protect their nests.JPG
140 - The aggressive Icelandic Hofn birds were attacking people to protect their nests.JPG
141 - You can fight nature...or just go with it :-).JPG
141 - You can fight nature...or just go with it :-).JPG
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143 - Seljalandsfoss, a waterfall you can actually walk behind off.JPG
143 - Seljalandsfoss, a waterfall you can actually walk behind off.JPG
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149 - Strokkur geyser erupting every couple minutes upto 20 or even 40m high (depending on the source of the info).JPG
149 - Strokkur geyser erupting every couple minutes upto 20 or even 40m high (depending on the source of the info).JPG
150 - Just before the eruption, a huge water bubble forms after which the boiling water erupts.JPG
150 - Just before the eruption, a huge water bubble forms after which the boiling water erupts.JPG
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154 - 4 active whale hunting boats in the harbor of Reykjavik.JPG
154 - 4 active whale hunting boats in the harbor of Reykjavik.JPG