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Iceland October 2014 at sunset

 

I shot 90 minutes of pictures from just before sunset till about an hour after the Sun went down and I am still working on them. This one is my favourite so far, a beautiful place that is worth a visit if you are in the area.

Shot from Stokksnes in South East Iceland

La Strada n. 1 Hringvegur, consente di fare il periplo dell'Islanda, è la strada più importante del paese e non è totalmente asfaltata. E' impossibile percorrerla senza femarsi ogni pochi chilometri per ammirare la selvaggia maestosità della natura islandese.

Qui una lingua del principale ghiacciaio del Paese, il Vatnajokull, arriva fino a valle a lambire la strada...

Un sogno nel vento!!!!!!

Islandia… la gran isla moldeada por las grandes fuerzas de la Naturaleza, el agua, el fuego y el hielo en su máxima expresión. (Foto tomada en los meandros y llanuras de Husavik)

 

Iceland ... the large island shaped by the great forces of nature, water, fire and ice at its best. (Photo taken in the meanders and plains of Husavik)

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An Icelandic beach view at sunset - the large boulder lead us towards grand mountains covered in snow and a golden tone of the setting sun.

 

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Laki, or Lakagigar ("Laki craters"), produced the earth's largest basalt lava eruption in historical times in the 1780'ies. The fluorine gases that followed killed 75% of Iceland's livestock and led to a famine that cost the life of 20.000 people - a significant fraction of the Iceland population at that time.

 

Large areas are covered with black ashes, where a yellow moss is the dominant vegetation. The whole scenery is almost monochromatic black/yellow.

 

A must-see on Iceland, but unfortunately not very easy to reach. The position for this shot is unfortunately very inaccurate.

 

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Eldgjá is the larges volcanic canyon in the world. Ofærufoss was once the most photographed waterfall on Iceland, due to a basalt bridge above the lower part of the falls, but it collapsed sometimes during the winter 1993-1994.

 

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The sun rises over Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon on Iceland's east coast. As chunks of ice break off the Breiðamerkurjökull glacier (background), they float through the lagoon on their way to the Atlantic Ocean. The tremendous sound of ice cracking and plunging into the frigid water is as captivating as the view, while the seals swimming between the icebergs soften up the stark landscape.

 

Jökulsárlón is featured in 007 movies A View to a Kill and Die Another Day, as well as Tomb Raider, Batman Begins and an episode of the Amazing Race.

Iceland's famous iceberg lagoon on the south coast

Captured on May 5, 2004, our first trip to Iceland.

 

Was a sunny day on the other side of those mountains but we drove into an approaching storm. Which seems to happen a lot in Iceland. The wind was fierce, but onward we went and in about 10 or so mins it was sunny again.

 

Captured with an Olympus 2100 super zoom bridge camera.

 

The original image is very noisy due to the darkness and contrast of the light at the time. I kept it around because it reminded me of the visit and the forces of nature that one experiences there. I think It works pretty ok with this treatment.

 

Edited on the desk top in Photoshop and Viveza and converted to back and white with Alien Skin Exposure.

Atardecer en una pequeña iglesia de un Valle de Islandia…

 

Sunset at the little church in a valley of Iceland ...

Rather than ending my short series of 'Iceland revisited' uploads with the heavy clouds of Skaftafell, my final upload is of Gullfoss and a return to the sunny skies of our first 3 days in Iceland.

 

Gullfoss has already featured twice in my Iceland album and is justifiably one of Iceland's most beautiful and most visited places, hopefully both of which can be seen here!

 

It was a flying visit on our last full day, a day when we visited Skogarfoss, Geysir, Gullfoss, Kerið, The Blue Lagoon and The Intercontinental Bridge en route to Keflavik for the flight home the next morning.

 

Link to the Iceland album can be found on the right of the page.

 

Previous Gullfoss shots below.

 

And the answer to "Did I make it back to the car in time?" question from the Skaftafell shots? Fortunately there was no need, their threat was all the clouds carried!

A rainy day in a small town called Eskifjörður, East Iceland.

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I only found out about this gorgeous Icelandic waterfall when grabbing lunch at a quiet restaurant, and talking to the owner's son about the sights in the area. He gave me some detailed directions down a few old farm roads, and sure enough, there was this awesome, and fairly large, waterfall spewing out of the Earth in the middle of what looked to be just a farm field. This country never ceases to amaze.

Esplendid couple of waterfalls

I've just returned from my trip to Iceland. I spent New Year there with the family. It is an amazing place, especially in the middle of winter when everything is white! I would say to anyone who is thinking of going there... go! And if you're not thinking about it, you should! The picture above is of the Thingvellir National Park and the landscape was absolutely stunning.

 

I hope everyone had a great New Year and wish you all a fantastic 2012.

 

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Yay - my first photo to reach 1000 views!

Yay - my first photo to reach 200 comments!

Yay - my first photo to reach 250 favs!

 

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The Goðafoss (Icelandic: waterfall of the gods or waterfall of the goði) is one of the most spectacular waterfalls in Iceland. It is located in the Mývatn district of North-Central Iceland at the beginning of the Sprengisandur highland road. The water of the river Skjálfandafljót falls from a height of 12 meters over a width of 30 meters.

In the year 999 or 1000 the Lawspeaker Þorgeir Ljósvetningagoði made Christianity the official religion of Iceland. After his conversion it is said that upon returning from the Alþingi, Þorgeir threw his statues of the Norse gods into the waterfall

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Iceland's Ring Road crosses one of thousands of small streams flowing from glacier to ocean, as it meanders towards the towering mountains in the distance, while clouds roll over their peaks.

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