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BC: Created by Donna Wilson Photography by Donna & Glenn Wilson


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


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".

43: Oystercatcher

44: Kirkjufellsfoss

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.

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