Iceland 2019 Part IX

Continuing the drive Eastward beyond Vik we reached the glacial lake / lagoon Fjallsárlón which is at the south end of the Icelandic glacier Vatnajökull. Fjallsjökull which is part of the bigger glacier reaches down to the water of the lake and some icebergs are drifting by on its surface. We were lucky to be able to take a ride around the lagoon in a rubber Zodiac!

 

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Iceland 2019 Part VII

Continuing the drive along the coastal road eastward toward the town of Vik and beyond.

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Dyrhólaey Lighthouse, Dyrhólaey, Vik, Iceland

Ocean View, Dyrhólaey, Vik, Iceland

Rock Bridge, Dyrhólaey, Vik, Iceland

Panorama, Vík í Mýrdal, Vik, Iceland

Vík í Mýrdal Church, Sunnubraut, Vík í Mýrdal, Vik, Iceland

Hillsides, Sunnubraut, Vík í Mýrdal, Vik, Iceland

Glacier, Þjóðvegur, Vík í Mýrdal, Vik, Suðurland, Iceland

Road Ahead, Þjóðvegur, Vík í Mýrdal, Vik, Suðurland, Iceland

Cloud Shrouded Mountains, Þjóðvegur, Laufskálavarða, Iceland

Road Bridge, Skaftártunguvegur, Katla Geopark, Suðurland, Iceland

Geirlandsvegur, Skaftárhreppur, Iceland

Rock Formation, Geirland, Kirkjubæjarklaustri, Iceland

“Church Floor”, Geirland, Kirkjubæjarklaustur, Iceland

“Church Floor” is a natural pavement of basalt. These are basalt columns in the earth, but only the tops can be seen, and as the name suggests, they have the appearance of a paved church floor. This lava formation has similar origins to the Giant’s Causeway in Ireland.

Snowcaps, Geirland, Kirkjubæjarklaustri, Iceland

Rocky Peak, Þjóðvegur, Hörgsland, Iceland

Small Waterfall, Þjóðvegur, Hörgsland, Iceland

Abandoned Hut, Þjóðvegur, Hörgsland, Iceland

Rocky Range, Þjóðvegur, Hörgsland, Iceland

Frozen Waterfalls, Þjóðvegur, Hörgsland, Iceland

Escarpment, Foss á Síðu, Þjóðvegur, Iceland

Iceland 2019 Part I

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After a week or more in London, we are now spending 8 days in Iceland. This is a place of outstanding beauty and scenery everywhere you look.

View Across Hvalfjörður Fjord, Highway Ring Road, Vesturland, Hvalfjarðarsveit, Iceland

Entrance to Hvalfjörður Tunnel (South), Highway Ring Road, Saurbaer, Mosfellsbæ, Iceland

This is a road tunnel under the Hvalfjörður fjord in Iceland and a part of Route 1. It is 5,770 metres long and reaches a depth of 165 metres below sea level. Opened on 11 July 1998, it shortens the distance from Reykjavík to the western and northern parts of the island by 45 kilometers. Passing the fjord now takes 7 minutes instead of about an hour.

Hafnarfjall Mountain, Highway Ring Road, Borgannes, Iceland

View to Borgarbyggð Across Borgarfjörður Fjord, Highway Ring Road, Borgarnes, Iceland

The Hire Car, Highway Ring Road, Borgarnes, Iceland

Panorama Across Borgarfjörður, Borgarnes, Iceland

Hraunsnef Country Hotel, Highway Ring Road, Reykholt, Iceland

River, Reykholt, Iceland

Snow Caps, Highway Ring Road, Northwestern Region, Iceland

Icelandic Ponies, Highway Ring Road, Hvammstangi, Northwestern Region, Iceland

The Icelandic horse is a breed of horse developed in Iceland. Although the horses are small, at times pony-sized, most registries for the Icelandic refer to it as a horse. Icelandic horses are long-lived and hardy. In their native country they have few diseases; Icelandic law prevents horses from being imported into the country and exported animals are not allowed to return. They have been developed from ponies taken to Iceland by Norse settlers in the 9th and 10th centuries.

View Across Miðfjörður Fjord, Hvammstangi, Iceland

Skarðsviti Lighthouse, Húnaflói Bay, Hvammstangi, Vatnsnes Peninsula, Northwestern Region, Iceland

Stone Cairn, Vatnsnesvegur Road, Blönduósi, Northwestern Region, Iceland

“Meet the Locals”, Vatnsnesvegur Road, Lækjamót, Northwestern Region, Iceland

Mountain View, Borgarnes, Iceland

Sunset at Hvalfjörður (Whale Fjord), Iceland

Old Whaling Station, Hvalfjörður (Whale Fjord), Iceland

A Seal Swimming in the Fjord, Hvalfjörður (Whale Fjord), Iceland

Geirshólmi Island, Hvalfjörður (Whale Fjord), Iceland

Imposing Peak, Hvalfjarðarvegur, Iceland

Fossárrétt Waterfall, Hvalfjarðarvegur, Iceland

Laxfloss Waterfall, Laxá í Kjós, Hvalfjarðarvegur, Iceland

Laxá í Kjós, Hvalfjarðarvegur, Iceland