Wednesday, May 20, 2015


Fancy some pastel-colored Krap? Spotted in a mall in Akureyri
Old volcanic crater being quarried for building materials, Note the colorful mix of ores                       
                  Early model sewing machine, a great treasure in any home
Metal sculpture celebrating jazz near the entrance of The Pearl

Þingvellir National Park in Bláskógabyggð district, southwestern Iceland
    The Dome of The Pearl at the highest point overlooking Reykjavik

Reindeer sighted!
Occasionally a small township interrupts the barren landscape
        Wooden walkway facilitates a quick tour of the area

                   Snow Queens at Dimmuborgir


Dramatic sky over a fjord 
Cavorting clouds above a windswept coastline
Steaming up the camera at a geothermal hotspot
Basalt cliffs at Mýrdalssandur
Karen & Ragna kindly provide a sense of scale
Almost like the New York skyline!
Black sand beach with a fascinating assortment of stones
Basalt sentinels
View from one of the basalt caves
Dead gull by the Jökulsárlón glacier lake
Where a glacier returns to the sea
Polished stone eggs of Merry Bay, Djúpivogur
Each egg represents a different species of migrating bird
Höfn, a fishing town with a great view of the Vatnajökull glacier
The Strokkur geyser erupts every 5-7 minutes
Parliament convened in 930 CE. Speakers used the rockface to amplify their voices
Þingvellir National Park in Bláskógabyggð district
Gay Trolls in a souvenir shop
Asiatic Elves Min & Winnie from Singapore

"Monument to the Unknown Bureaucrat" by Magnús Tómasson

View of Reykjavik from The Dome of The Pearl
Stella & Christine do The Pearl

Spiral staircase inside The Pearl
Dragon roofs in the Viking Village
Entrance to the therapeutic geothermal baths visited by thousands
Petrified prehistoric donuts at the Folk Museum
Ouroboros or the Midgard Setpent carved on a stone at the Viking Village
Somewhere in Southeastern Iceland
If only you could hear the rushing waters.
Reminded me of home but I wasn't tempted to take a dip!
Runestone at the Viking Village
Closeup of the local vegetation anticipating summer
Cuddling up for warmth in the bus
Seljalandsfoss, where we found ourselves encircled by a glorious rainbow

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The Midgard Serpent drinks from the River of Eternity

Skógafoss in South Iceland is where I spotted the Midgard Serpent

Hraunfossar, a series of waterfalls streaming out from the Hallmundarhraun lava field
... after a volcano erupted below the Langjökull glacier in the Reykholt region

Hvítá River into which the Hraunfossar feeds (hraun is the Icelandic word for lava)
Barnafoss, where two boys drowned while crossing a natural bridge, 
later destroyed in an earthquake
Faxi (Horsemane Falls) or Vatnsleysufoss on the river Tungufljót. 
The island looks like a replica of Iceland 
Goðafoss, Waterfall of the Gods, in the Bárðardalur district of North-Central Iceland 
Hvannadalshnúkur, the highest point of Iceland in the Vatnajökull National Park.
You can see the edge of the Vatna Glacier peeping out between the hills
Atop the steel monument in memory of those who perished in the glacial flood of 1996, when a subterranean volcanic eruption melted part of the glacier, turning it into a massive torrent 
of cold black apocalypse 
This section of twisted steel was salvaged from a bridge destroyed by the glacial flood. 
Note the cosmic serpent graffito
British students Ian Harrison & Tony Prosser went missing on a sunny day in August 
1953 while doing field work on a glacier near Skaftafell. They were caught in a sudden 
blizzard. Despite an intensive search-&-rescue operation, their bodies were never found. 
But 50 years later in 2003, melting ice uncovered their camping gear
Jökulsárlón Glacier Lake & a Grumpy Iceman
Blocks of ice melting on the beach
Where glacier meets the open sea
Rapid meltdown as summer approaches

Clambering around the loose scree of a moraine hill
Kirsten from Austria with a tiny piece of melting glacier
Icicles on the mudguard of our Mercedes mini-bus
The road across the frozen North with Captain Palli at the wheel
Monochrome landscape
Still snowcapped in the first week of May
Snow melting on the lava fields
We saw so many waterfalls I have no idea where this one was & what's it's called!
The Icelandic horse is prized for its gentleness, robustness & steadiness on the gallop
Icelandic winter snack plate of Harðfiskur (dried fish), smoked lamb & rotting shark

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