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ICELAND


Location - Western Europe; Capital - Reykjavik; Population - 320,000; Currency - Iceland Krona MORE ICELAND

Thoughts of glaciers, icebergs, geysers, the midnight sun and really expensive beer enticed me to Iceland. I missed out on the midnight sun but it's a top destination (and the beer was cheaper than I anticipated).
It's just over an hour to fly from the Faroes Islands to Reykjavik, and after a 20 minute walk from the airport I was at my city centre accommodation - August 2008.

 

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iceland5A view of Reykjavik and the North Atlantic from the Perlan

 

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iceland8Inside the Perlan is the Saga museum, which displays the history of Iceland - Reykjavik

 

 

iceland7One of the huge water tanks that make up the Perlan - Reykjavik

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

iceland2The Radhus, home to the City Hall, overlooks the Tjornin lake - Reykjavik

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

iceland22A walkway over the Tjornin lake to the Radhus, Reykjavik

 

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iceland3Ducks preening themselves on a Sunday morning at Tjornin, Reykjavik

 

 

iceland28mIn late August the sun sets around 10.30pm - Tjornin, Reykjavik

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

iceland14Hallgrimskirkja is a very imposing church in central Reykjavik

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

iceland13Go to the top of Hallgrimskirkja for superb views of Reykjavik - this photo shows Tjornin and surrounds.

 

 

iceland16Leifur Eiriksson, the first European to 'discover' America in the 11th century, stands outside Hallgrimskirkja, Reykjavik

 

 

iceland20Nautholsvik beach is warmed by natural thermal waters - Reykjavik

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

iceland21A great place to experience bathing in thermal volcanic waters (in addition to the Blue Lagoon of course) is at Laugardalslaug, Reykjavik.
In the foreground is one of 4 bathing pools which range in temperature from 38 to 44°C.
There's a steam bath, and the swimming pool is also heated.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

iceland23I need to follow this - Reykjavik

 

 

iceland26The Sun-Craft sculpture overlooks the Atlantic Ocean, Reykajvik

 

 

 

iceland27On Reykjavik's main shopping street, Laugavegur

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

iceland28hChin up mate - Reykjavik

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

iceland28iReykjavik's harbour and the base for whale watching trips from the city

 

 

iceland28jDoing a bit of window shopping? Reykjavik

 

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iceland28kThe Alpingi is Iceland's parliament
To the right is the country's cathedral, Domkirkja - Reykjavik

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

iceland28cAn excellent Reykjavik cultural festival kicks off in this street.
There were many live bands playing for free around the capital.

 

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iceland28dI've never watched a live band in a shoe shop before - Culture Night, Reykjavik

 

 

iceland28fDJ's play in the main shopping district of Reykjavik on Culture Night

 

 

iceland1The sun sets near Reyjavik harbour

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

iceland31On my way to Hofn the bus stopped for a break at Vik in southern Iceland. Here's a view of Vik's black basalt sea stacks

 

 

iceland37A hilltop church at Vik

 

 

iceland38aThe black sand beach on a stormy day at Vik

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

iceland42Hofn is located in south east Iceland and serves as a good base for exploring the eastern section of the magnificent Vatnajokull glacier

 

 

iceland53Low cloud creeps down the mountains at Hofn

 

 

iceland48Hoffellsjokull, a tongue of the Vatnajokull glacier, lies across the bay at Hofn

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

iceland46A close up of Hoffellsjokull as seen from Hofn

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

iceland58On the way from Hofn up to Joklasel, on the edge of the Vatnajokull glacier

 

 

iceland62Above the clouds at Joklasel lodge

 

 

iceland66A fantastic view from Joklasel of Skalafellsjokull glacier tongue, part of the Vatnajokull glacier

 

 

iceland67Dressed up in our racing gear, we set off for the snowmobiles on the Vatnajokull glacier - Joklasel

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

iceland79Ice, ice and more ice at Vatnajokull glacier

 

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iceland71Looking down on Vatnajokull glacier

 

 

iceland69Vatnajokull glacier is the largest glacier in Europe (by volume). Underneath lie several volcanoes, the last to erupt being Grimsvotn in 2004. BBC report from 2004 here.

More about Iceland's volcanoes here and here

 

 

 

iceland73Snowmobiling on Europe's largest glacier was my favourite Iceland experience - beautiful views and messing around on a skidoo - Vatnajokull glacier

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

iceland76Feeling like a Ferrari mechanic in my gladrags - Vatnajokull glacier

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

iceland87Some big crevasses on Vatnajokull glacier - the snowmobiles follow a set path in order to avoid hidden splits in the ice

 

 

iceland85Lost in Iceland - Vatnajokull glacier

 

 

 

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LINKS

www.icetourist.is - Iceland tourist board

www.nat.is - scheduled bus services in Iceland

www.bustravel.is - scheduled bus services in Southern Iceland. In Icelandic only but it's easy to get the drift

www.re.is - tours and independent bus trips

www.icelandexcursions.is - day tours and longer

 

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