S: ICELAND 1 MAY 2011
BC: Created by Donna Wilson Photography by Donna & Glenn Wilson
FC: ICELAND I | MAY 2011
1: Donna & Glenn driving around Iceland | Iceland is a small volcanic island located between Greenland Seas and North Atlantic Ocean in the Arctic. Ten percent is covered by glaciers. It has a surprisingly mild climate and countless geothermal hot spots. Iceland has an area of 39,768 square miles. It is about the size of Kentucky. Four-fifths of the country is unpopulated and uninhabitable. Ninety-nine percent of the population lives in urban areas and 60% of the people reside in Reykjavik. | May 22nd - June 4, 2011
2: Driving from the airport into Reykjavik | MAY 22nd
3: REYKJAVIK The world's northernmost capital
4: Eric the Red Guesthouse
5: Hallgrimskirkja (Hallgrims Church) Lutheran church, construction started 1945 and continued 49 years.
6: Back side of the clock | The alter
7: View of Reykjavik from from the upper viewing area of the church.
11: Ascoria crater, formed 6,500 years ago by a collapsing magma chamber at the end of a volcanic eruption. Kerid is 180 feet deep, including the stagnant water at the bottom.
12: GULLFOSS | means "Golden Falls" | Europe's most powerfull waterfall. | Gullfoss falls 105 feet in two cascades. The canyon below the falls is 1 1/2 miles long and 230 feet deep.
13: Gullfoss is actually 2 separate waterfalls, the upper one has a drop of 36 ft. and the lower one 69 ft. | The rock of the river bed was formed during an interglacial period.
14: Stokkur spouts reliably every 5 minutes or so. Eruptions are caused by a pressure buildup formed when hot water and gas is trapped beneath a cooler layer of water. | The spouting water is about 125 degrees.
15: Geysir is now just a calm, steamy vent with occasional hisses and gurgles.
16: Icelandic Horses
17: Lots of sheep and lambs
18: Warm geothermal spa
19: Silica mud cleanses and exfoliates
20: May 23th | Composition of minerals in the water has a high level of silica
21: A way to go from inside to outside without getting into the very cold outside temperature. | Water temperature 98-102 degrees
22: Scenes on our drive to Grundarfjordur
23: Town of Borgarnes
24: Borg a Myrum, church and parsonage | Whooper Swan | our rental car
28: Bjarnarfoss | Snaefellsnes Peninsula
30: On the wrong side of the fence | Aren't we cute? | Ba Ba black sheep have you any wool? Yes sir, yes sir, 3 bags full.
32: Cliff of Arnarstapi | Bardur Snaefellsas, Deity of Mt. Snaefell. representsa half-human, half-giant saga hero and local guardian spirit. | SNAEFELLSNES PENINSULA
34: Kittiwake | Harbor in Hellnar
35: Londrangar, two pillar rocks by the sea. The taller one is 246 feet. The remains of a volcano, scoria with basalt caverns. | SNAEFELLSJOKULL NATIONAL PARK
37: Malarrif lighthouse. built in 1947, is one of the tallest Post-War lighthouse towers.
38: A lonely seal | Seaweed | Seaweed
40: GRUNDARFJORDUR | May 24th
42: Mt. Kirkjufell (1,519 ft.) is a beautifully shaped and a symmetric, free standing mountain in the Grundarfiord Bay. It's creation can be traced to the latest cold epoch of the ice age, when the glaciers and their rivers were seriously carving out the landscape. | It's called "The Sugar Top".
46: Eider Duck | Whooper Swans
49: Driving to Stykkisholmur
51: Lunch before our journey on the ferry. | Arriving into Stykkisholmur | The harbor
53: View from the lighthouse hill. | Car ferry to Brjanslaekur
55: All aboard | Loading up
57: Apporching the island of Flatey in Breidafjordur | The island has 25 colorfully painted homes but only five year-round residents. | A break from driving
58: The 1926 church is adorned with frescoes painted in the 1960's by Kristjana and Baltasas Samper | The yellow building behind the church, from 1864, is Iceland's oldest, smallest, and cutest library. | Short stop at Flatey
59: Continuing on
60: Arriving at Brjanslaekur
61: Driving to Breidavik | The sheep and their lambs run when they see or hear a car.
62: We stayed at this farmhouse Breidavik
63: 5 month old Collie
64: Another very friendly dog (Border Collie) | Paintings on the farmhouse
65: Graveyard on site | Evening walk on the beach
66: PUFFINS at 11:00 pm | Latrabjarg Cliffs | Glenn taking pictures | Look, they are just sitting here!
68: Puffins have brightly colored beaks during breeding season. They have long term pair bonds or relationships. Females lay a single egg, and both parents incubate the egg and feed the chick. They winter at sea, usually far from the coast. | Puffins are hunted for eggs, feathers and meat. They are part of the national diet in Iceland | 12.5 inches in length 21 inch wingspan wt 13 oz
71: Look how close we can get to the Puffins. | Aren't they just the cutest?
72: The sun sets briefly each night, but it doesn't get fully dark before it comes back up again | Brunnich's Guillemot
73: MAY 25TH | Back to the cliffs for another adventure
74: Brunnich's Guillemot
75: Black-legged Kittiwake
76: Bjargtangi lighthouse was built in 1948.
77: Ringed Plover
78: Man rappels down the cliffs to collect eggs. | no two alike
80: L U N D I
81: P U F F I N
84: Lots of birds | Hiking along the Latrabjarg cliffs
85: On the road again.