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Iceland, Fire and Ice

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S: Iceland Hiking Trip August 2010 By: Greg Quirk & Paula Rutherford

FC: Iceland Hiking trip 2010

1: August 2010 Hiking Trip | Iceland 2010 Trip

2: First stop after arriving at the airport was a dip at the Blue Lagoon

3: Our first day in Reykjavik we did some sight-seeing and a whale watching tour

4: Our drive along the south coast. We stopped at Sljalandsfoss waterfall. This is just south of Eyjafjallajokull, the volcano that erupted just 4 months earlier in April 2010

6: Next stop was the Skogarfoss waterfalls | This side was badly damaged from the floods and ash of the volcano, but the green quickly recovers.

7: One of over ten thousand waterfalls in Iceland.We are having a great time. The scenery is amazing.

8: Our bus stop! See you in 7 days! | Our view as we climb to the top of Mt Sveinstindur

10: Welcome to Sveinstindur Hut | Wildlife! | A nice spot for lunch

11: Hiking along the Skafta River

12: The flooding of the Skafta River wiped away part of the trail. It drains melt water from two sub-glacial volcanoes underneath Vatnajokull icecap The first glacial river crossing.

13: A nice spot for lunch and a cup of tea with Hobknob biscuits | Paula Part hiker, part mountain goat

14: Skaelingar Hut | Lava formations of Skaelingar

15: The view from the top of Gjatindur peak. An old crater or caldera Mt. Sveinstindur in the background, the first mountain we hiked

16: The gang on top of Gjatindur peak.

17: Standing on the edge of Eldgja, a 40 km long eruptive fissure.

18: Hiking the bottom of Eldgja. Spectacular Ofaerufoss

19: A natural lava bridge over the river Sydri Ofaera | On our way to the Holaskjol lodge for 2 nights | Hiking to the Alftavatnakrokar area | "It is just up to the knees" Who's knees?

20: Looking at the Vatnajokull Glacier. One of the highest peaks in Iceland. The volcano Grimsvotn underneath erupted May 2011

21: Big Park, Big Name

23: A drive through the Northern Fjallabak brought us to the region of Landmannalaugar

24: Steam coming out of the ground. As well as the smell of sulfur!

25: A dip in the hot springs. The flow of water comes from underneath black obsidian lava | Our most spacious accommodations

27: Note to self: Obsidian rock is not a good place to do cart wheels | After breakfast a hike up Blahnjukur (Blue Peak) and Brennisteinsalds, then back to Reykjavik through Domadalur Valley and past Mt Hekla

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