S: HONEYMOON TO ICELAND
BC: DEPARTED | ICELAND | 29 AUG 2012
1: ICELAND | ICELAND | ARRIVED 19 AUG 2012 | The Icelandic terrain is like no other, Iceland as many mountains, ice fields and the coast is deeply indented by bays and fiords.
2: I can't believe it!! We are on our honeymoon! Neither one of us ever thought of Iceland as a top destination to travel to. It proved to be an incredible place that we would strongly encourage anyone to go to. It has so much to offer someone who appreciated the amazing beauty of nature. Iceland.... here we come!
4: The Geysir, sometimes known as The Great Geysir, is a geyser in southwestern Iceland. Eruptions can hurl boiling water up to 70 meters in the air
6: HARPA (Concert Hall) | Located on the shoreline in Reykjavik, The Harpa is their newly constructed concert hall. Street View- Reykjavik
7: BALDUR FERRY
8: WATERFALLS | Dettifoss | Gullfoss | Dettifoss | Seljalandsfoss | Skogarfoss | Godafoss
9: SELJALANDSFOSS of the river Seljalandsá drops 60 meters over the cliffs of the former coastline. It is possible to go behind the waterfall. It is located right off Ring Road in the south. (Right) DETTIFOSS in Vatnajkull National Park in Northeast Iceland, and is reputed to be the most powerful waterfall in Europe. It is situated on the Jkulsá á Fjllum river, which flows from the Vatnajkull glacier and collects water from a large area in Northeast Iceland
10: GULLFOSS/ GOLDEN FALLS Gullfoss is one of the most popular tourist attractions in the country. The wide Hvítá rushes southward. About a kilometer above the falls it turns sharply to the left and flows down into a wide curved three-step "staircase" and then abruptly plunges in two stages (11 m and 21 m) into a crevice 32 meters deep.
12: WATERFALLS Left: Skógafoss- Situated in Southern Iceland Right: Goafoss- Located North- Central Iceland
14: WEST FJORDS | northwestern
15: WEST FJORDS is the name for the large peninsula in northwestern Iceland. It is connected to the rest of Iceland by a 7 km wide isthmus. They are very mountainous; the coastline is heavily indented by dozens of fjords surrounded by steep hills. These indentations make roads circuitous and communications difficult. | DYNJANDI is definitely our favorite waterfall and we think by far the most spectacular one in the remote Westfjords region
17: Icelandic turf houses | THE ICELANDIC TURF HOUSE was the product of a difficult climate, offering superior insulation compared to buildings solely made of wood or stone, and the relative difficulty in obtaining other construction materials in sufficient quantities As we drove around Iceland, we would see the huts just be along the road. Some in great condition like this one and others in a weather beaten mess.
18: wildlife & livestock | ICELAND | SEALS We came around a corner in the north and found a colony of seals sunbathing on the coast of a fjord. | SHEEP There are over 450 000 sheep in the country. They are one of the world's oldest and purest breeds of sheep.
19: ICELANDIC HORSE Over 80 000 across the country
21: BEAUTY | is | EVERYWHERE | AKUREYRI | HVITSERKUR- rock formation just along the coast BORGARVIRKI- a volcanic plug (gosstapi), and the Icelandic sagas mention that in earlier centuries it was used for military purposes
22: DIMMUBORGIR is a large area of unusually shaped lava fields east of Myvatn in Iceland. The Dimmuborgir area is composed of various volcanic caves and rock formations,
25: ICEBERG LAGOON Jkulsárlón (literally "glacial river lagoon") is a large glacial lagoon in southeast Iceland, on the borders of Vatnajkull National Park. it evolved into a lagoon after the glacier started receding from the edge of the Atlantic Ocean. Drew was able to grab a small iceberg floating by..... just to say we touched an iceberg.
26: The largest glacier in Iceland is Vatnajokull and it is the largest glacier mass in Europe. We HAD to walk on it. With the guided tour we went on, they provided an ice pick and crampons. A must when walking on that slippery surface. There were little rocks covered with a moss. This is the only thing that can grow on a glacier and it takes years for it to get to the stage you see in the bottom picture. To the right, you can see Drew getting some glacier fresh water. | VATNAJOKULL WALK
28: SELJAVALLALAUG SWIMMING POOL
29: OLDEST POOL IN ICELAND -1923 The pool sits in the rock like a bird’s nest. Built directly into the mountainside in the valley of Laugarárgil, under the Eyjafjll Mountains in the south of Iceland, Seljavallalaug is a swimming pool that precariously yet openly basks in the dialectic of domesticating nature. We found this little gem while reading an article in a travel newspaper. We read the directions as follows... turn into the Seljavellir farm driveway (someone's home). Go as far as the road will take you. Get out and walk about 10 minutes and then enjoy!
30: THE BLUE LAGOON The warm waters are rich in minerals like silica and sulfur. The water temperature in the bathing and swimming area of the lagoon averages 37–39 C. The steamy waters are part of a lava formation and it is so relaxing!
32: Farewell Iceland... until next time....