Road trip in Iceland: Ice field in the east fjords

10 06 2014

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Ice Fields





Road trip in Iceland: Ice field in the east fjords

10 06 2014

High up in the mountains in the east fjords of Iceland. That blueish-gray strip just below the mountain top is a solid bank of clouds!

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Vertical Ice Floes

 





Road trip in Iceland: Dettifoss

10 06 2014

Rainbow at Dettifoss, Europe’s mightiest waterfall (and trust me, it is pretty mighty!)

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Dettifoss rainbow





Road trip in Iceland: Criss-cross clouds

10 06 2014

Some people think I have my head in the clouds…and they just may be right because I’m always searching for interesting ones to photograph, such as these unusual criss-cross clouds over Gullfoss, a waterfall located in the canyon of Hvítá river in southwest Iceland.

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CloudsOverGullfoss





Road trip in Iceland: Sea stack

10 06 2014

Hvítserkur is a 15 m-high (between 45-50 feet) sea stack just off shore on the eastern side of Vatnsnes (in northern Iceland). It protrudes out of the sea in the western part of the Huna Bay near the coast a short distance from the farm Suluvellir.

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Sea Stack





Road trip in Iceland: Puffin

9 06 2014

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Puffin

 





Road trip in Iceland: Puffin

9 06 2014

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Puffin 1





Road trip in Iceland: Puffins

9 06 2014

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Puffins x 3

 





Road trip in Iceland: Dandelions and lupines

9 06 2014
Proliferation of lupines and dandelions in the east fjords of Iceland..
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DandiesLupine Slope




Road trip in Iceland: Jökulsárlón

9 06 2014

It’s it’s Wednesday, this must be Jökulsárlón! Folks, you keep asking to see ice in Iceland…well, here you go! Jökulsárlón is a large glacial lake in southeast Iceland on the edge of Vatnajökull National Park. I got this record shot with tourists to show scale.

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Jokulsarlon lorez

 





Road trip in Iceland: Eastern shore

9 06 2014

Somewhere in eastern Iceland…right before I captured this shot, we saw a beautiful arctic fox running through a field of golden grass. I got some quick shots with my 80-400, but they’re more record shots than anything.

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EasternIcelandWaterCliffs

 





Road trip in Iceland: Mossy rocks

9 06 2014

For scale, here’s my traveling buddy, John, surveying the moss rocks. This terrain goes on for miles and miles and we truly felt like we were on another planet!

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JohnOntheMossyRocks





Dyrholaey Nature Reserve

9 06 2014

The Dyrholaey Nature Reserve, home to numerous cliff birds, is located not far from Vik in southern Iceland. The place got its name from the massive arch that the sea has eroded from the headland. (The name literally means “door-hole”). When the sea is calm, big boats can sail through it. There has even been a maniacal daredevil pilot that flew through the arch with a small-craft airplane. (This formation isn’t shown in this shot, by the way. I just wanted to give you the origin of the reserve’s name!)

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Nature Preserve lorez





Road trip in Iceland: Mossy rocks

9 06 2014

This area (which covered miles and miles on either side of the highway in south Iceland) was mind-blowing! I had seen mossy rocks in a photo and we put that down on the list of things to look for. We had NO idea it covered this many miles! I shot tons of photos of this area but don’t know if I can adequately convey just how other-wordly this area was! The natural moss carpet covered basaltic lava flow. In some areas it was more than a foot thick and actually felt like real carpet. More photos of this indescribable place to come!

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Mossy Rocks 1





Road trip in Iceland: Water, water everywhere!

9 06 2014
Water, water, everywhere in Iceland (and some great cloud formations, too)!
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PrettySkyStream lorez




Road trip in Iceland: Meandering stream

8 06 2014

Another random beautiful stream on another random mountaintop in luscious Iceland!

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Random Stream





Road trip in Iceland: East fjords

8 06 2014

Yesterday, as we were driving over the snow-covered mountain pass in the east fjords, we came across this series of waterfalls trailing down the mountain. There was a decrepit wooden sign marked “Myrafoss.” Iceland is full of lesser-known falls like this one but you have to take the lesser-traveled paths to encounter them. A plus—now we know where to get ice for the ice chest (and it didn’t cost us a single krona)!

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LesserKnownFalls





Road trip in Iceland: Mossy selfie

8 06 2014

For those of you who have requested a photo of me in Iceland, here you go! (No complaining, ya hear?)

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Me and Green

 





Road trip in Iceland: Room with a view, cat included

8 06 2014

Marcela’s B&B in Reyoarfjorour (can’t add the little symbols on top of every other letter!). This is one-year-old Stella (I thought it was her sister, Luna). She loves being outside (with supervision) so that’s why she’s staring out the window. I’ll find out what the name of the mountain range is and get back to you.

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Roomwithaviewcatincluded

 





Road trip in Iceland: Dandelions galore

8 06 2014

Some random beautiful scene (they appear every 100 feet, it seems) in Iceland…dandelions grow profusely along the roadway and entire fields are covered with them. Unlimited dandelions = unlimited wishes!

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Dandelions Stream





Road trip in Iceland: Lupines

8 06 2014

I have never seen so many Lupines in my life. Iceland has miles and miles of them, growing up the mountains, along the roads, by the sea, etc. Spectacular!

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Lupines Galore





Road trip in Iceland: Sólheimajökull Glacier

8 06 2014

Here’s a view of the Sólheimajökull Glacier with that beautiful lime green moss along the walking trail. The cloud cover stayed over the mountains (and we got rained on at the end of the trail) all morning but the other half of the sky was bright blue!

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MossWalkGlacier





Road trip in Iceland: Greener than Greenland

8 06 2014

Iceland is greener than Greenland (or so I’ve read). This color abounds in my travels—such a happy shade of green! Yesterday morning I captured this shot on the walking trail to the Solheimajokull Glacier (actually called a glacier snout), in the southwestern outlet of the Myrdalsjokull icecap. River Jokulsa discharges it, and is sometimes called “The Stinking River” because of its emission of sulphuric acid from sub-glacial high temperature areas. (It didn’t stink, by the way.)

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Road trip in Iceland: Brúarfoss

8 06 2014

Another shot of Brúarfoss…I half expected Tattoo to come out and say, “welcome to Fantasy Island.” This place is SO indescribable. And on that note, it is 12:30 a.m. here in Iceland and this gal is t-i-r-e-d. Good night from Iceland (where, remarkably, you cannot find a bag of ice for your ice chest anywhere). Yes, there is no ice in Iceland (at least not cubes in bags).

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Fantasy Island





Road trip in Iceland: Brúarfoss

8 06 2014

And this is the view down river of Brúarfoss…a little less drama but no less lovely! Can you imagine what it would be like living in one of those vacation houses you see at the top?

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Bruarfoss other side





Road trip in Iceland: A hidden gem called Brúarfoss

6 06 2014

This is what reading other blogs, persevering even when there aren’t many signs (we tried to get to it yesterday, making it within a few hundred feet of the trail but gave up because we thought for sure the GPS was leading us astray–it wasn’t), and trekking in mud and water for a short 15 minutes through thickets will get you—Brúarfoss, located in southwestern Iceland. It took my breath away with that beautiful Tiffany blue hue. I can see why not many people get to see it and it’s called a hidden gem.

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Falls low rez





Road trip in Iceland: Icelandic horse with rocker ‘do

6 06 2014

Writing this at the end of day four of my road trip in Iceland. I’ll be sharing images as I prepare them on the road.

Wind blows my hair, I look like hell. Wind blows through an Icelandic horse’s mane and he looks cutting-edge! Passed by this farm at about 4:00 this afternoon not far from Selfoss and saw about two dozen Icelandic horses grazing. Seven were up near the fence and had just been given lots of attention by another photographer who had been there earlier. We turned back so I could get these shots and all seven got their fair share of petting in return. FYI: there is no shortage of horses or sheep in Iceland! 

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Cute do Icelanic Horse