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Hiking Iceland

Hiking Iceland

Hiking in Iceland near the Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon.
The Breioamerkurjokull glacier in the background.

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Life on an Alien World

Iceland, Life, Alien World

Iceland is another planet. An alien world. Visiting the country one can imagine standing on Io, Europa and Callisto – 3 moons of Jupiter.
Io is a volcanic moon. Europa is an ice planet. And Callisto has an lifeless dark surface, not unlike the image above. Life on an alien world.

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Somewhere in Iceland

Iceland, Mountains, Clouds
While driving on Rte 1, aka “The Ring Road”,
and somewhere between Hof and Fjallsarlon Glacial Lagoon in Iceland on the east coast,
I saw these mountains and clouds. My question is, how long before I return?

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Black Sand Beach

Black Sand Beach, Vik, Iceland

The jagged pillars rise on the southern coast of the Black Sand Beach adjacent to Vik, Iceland.
Photograph made by my daughter.

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Icelandic Mishaps

Iceland, Seljalandsfoss, Icelandic Mishaps

Photographers, both pro and amateur, generally prefer showing their best or favorite work. I’ll venture from that path for a moment and show an Icelandic mishap.
Last year I realized my dream of visiting Iceland. Armed with my camera, and shooting constantly, I wasn’t always paying attention to my surroundings. (Like a kid in a candy store, I didn’t know what to grab.) As we, my wife, daughter and myself, were driving on Rte 1 in the south, I looked to my left and spotted “Seljalandsfoss”. I said to my wife, “I recognize that waterfall! I forgot to write it on my to-do list.” We quickly pull in and start exploring. This particular waterfall has a trail directly behind it so the waterfall is then in front of you!
As I photograph, I know the water spray is building on the lens (was never a problem to clean) but in my excitement I thought, “It’s not a problem. It’ll disappear in the photo.” How foolish.
I did get non-spray pics.
I hope I return to Iceland. I’ll still be the kid in the candy store, but I won’t let it overwhelm my thought process.

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Iceland in Black & White

Iceland, Glacier

Traveling on Route 1, in the south and east of Vik, in the distance is the Myrdalsjokull glacier.
Different parts of the glacier have different names.

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Living Planet

Living Planet, Hverarond, Lake Myvatn, Iceland

The Living Planet.
The Earth breathes at Hverarond by Lake Myvatn in Northern Iceland.
The steam has a very strong sulfur smell.
My daughter with her face wrapped in a scarf
to lessen the odor, takes some photographs of the traveling mist.

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The Blue Lagoon

blue lagoon, iceland

The Blue Lagoon is a very popular tourist attraction in Iceland. From their website – “The Blue Lagoon was formed in 1976 during operation at the nearby geothermal power plant. In the years that followed, people began to bathe in the unique water and apply the silica mud to their skin.”
At the time we arrived (my wife, daughter and myself) it was 55 degrees outside. Freezing. I was literally shaking. I jumped into the “indoor section” of the lagoon just to warm up. When Deb and Ashley appeared, I followed them to the exterior lagoon, shivering along the way. We all very quickly got in. It was wonderfully warm.
We floated around for a period, soaking in the warmth as the mist surrounded us. Some areas of the lagoon were warmer than others. That’s where we stood.
Eventually we made our way to the “facial mask” area and applied the stuff. Obviously, I put too much on. We soaked in the geothermal water for an hour. We exited the pool, first standing in a waterfall to wash us.  We dressed, exited the building, hopped in the car and headed to our destination – the Hotel Ork in Hveragedi.

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Gulfoss in Iceland

Gulfoss, Iceland

Gulfoss is a canyon waterfall in Iceland. A 90 minute north east drive from Reykjavik.

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Bizarre Window Display in Reykjavik

Window Display, Department Store, Reykjavik, Iceland

The most bizarre department store window display I’ve ever seen was in Reykjavik, Iceland.
It depicted a crime scene with blood and a body outline on the ground.
Several people, including myself, looked at each other in disbelief at the display.
What WERE they thinking? (That you’d want to be stylishly dressed when the crime happens.)

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