Fire and Ice
Akureyri Panorama Viti Crater Strokur Erupts Rekyavik Panorama
Vik Beach Panorama Highlands Panorama Þingvellir (Thingvellir) Geothermal Power Station. Þingvellir church sits near the lake below Everyman's Chasm.
Þingvallavatn (Þingvellir Lake) and the Þingvellir (Thingvellir) area. Near Lake Myvatn are also found so-called pseudo-craters. These were formed by steam explosions when lava flowed over wet ground. The view from our room at Hotel Rángá, located on the banks of the Eystri-Rangá river. Overlooking the Þjórsárdalur (Bull River) Valley.
Strokkur Erupts! Skógafoss closeup effects. Brilliant colors in smaller pseudocraters near Viti. This falls had no name, hence "No Name Foss" ("Foss is Icelandic for waterfall)
A cool blue pool at the bottom of "No Name Foss" Boiling gray mud pots down the mountain from Viti crater. Merkjárfoss. Longer exposures of the upper falls show misty veils. Lands End and looking to seaward over the cold North Atlantic.
Hallgrimskirkja Church and the statue of Leifur Eiriksson (known as Leif Erickson on the US). Hallgrimskirkja stands on a hill in Reykyavik. Its steeple is one of the highest points in Reykyavik. Goðafoss or "Gothafoss". Goðafoss means "God Falls" and is the place that a local chieftain, after conversion to Christianity, threw his idols into the falls. Gullfoss (pronounced Gool-Foss), the "Golden Waterfall", dwarfs the people that can be seen on the rocks to the left. Hverfell Crater looms black on the horizon. Hverfell was formed in an eruption 2500 years ago. It is made mostly of loose volcanic rubble called tephra. The crater is 3820 feet in diameter.
A view of the Mid-atlantic Ridge and Rift. A small waterfall at the end of the chasm wall at Þingvellir. In the panoramic view, you will note a mountain glacier to the left. This is a closer view taken from Rángá. I believe this is the small Tindfjallajökull. Columnar basalt ends show at the base of Hjalparfoss where lava columns have been twisted into the horizontal
This peak is said to be inhabited by one of Iceland's many man eating female trolls A mossy lava flow from Hekla is backdropped by a cloudy sky Our last stop and our last waterfall, Seljalandsfoss. This one we could walk under! Glacial Ice, Glacial Pool, Glacial Rocks
Like something from "The Lord of the Rings", this immense winding green chasm was a treat to explore. There are six of us in the photo. Can you find us? Upside down photo? No, I found these ferns growing under a mossy overhang in the "Green Chasm". The base of the Mýdalsjökull tongue. The start of a glacial stream. Iridescent blue geothermal pool
There were several of these fumaroles near the mud pots. They were quite loud and gushing sulfurous steam. Dimmubórgir Landscape with Fall Colors Stöng, was a real viking-age farm in the Þjórsárdalur valley. One of it's tenants was the warrior Gaukur Trandilsson, who is mentioned in Njál's Saga. In 1104, the nearby volcano Hekla erupted. Stöng was buried, but well preserved, in ash. In 1939 Stöng was excavated, and in the 1970s a replica, called Þjóðveldisbær (Commonwealth farm), was built. It was closed the day we visited. Lava columns reach for blue sky at Vik beach
A rainy view of classic Reykjavik buildings taken from the new city hall over the Tjörn (Lake)