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Grændalur or “The Green Valley” lies just north of the town of Hveragerði in South Iceland. The area is a part of the Hengill volcanic system which extends from Hveragerði to Nesjavellir by lake Þingvallavatn. The landscape shows this clearly, here we can find numerous mud pools and hot springs and even a warm stream […]
Hólar is located in the Hjaltadalur valley in Skagafjörður, North Iceland. Hólar has a population of around 100 and is the home of the main campus of Holar University College. It’s also a site of historical buildings and archeological excavation, home to the Center for the history of the Icelandic horse, the Hólar cathedral and […]
Flatey is the largest island of the western island, a cluster of about forty large and small islands and islets located in Breiðafjörður on the northwestern part of Iceland. Flatey is about two kilometers long and one kilometer wide, of which most is flat land (hence its name, meaning “flat island” in Icelandic). The island […]
Sunrise at Mount Námafjall, south of Námaskarð, with geothermal heat all over the east side of the mountain. Sulphur was mined here for centuries from the Hlíðarnámur mines and exported.
Mudpools at Þeistareykir, North Iceland. Sadly this area is being developed for harnessing energy for a geothermal power station. The first phase of the development involves the construction of a 45 MW station. The further expansion of the station is under consideration as the National Energy Authority has issued a power production licence for a 100 […]
Skeiðarársandur is the largest sandur plain in Iceland. It is the alluvial fan of Skeiðarárjökull, the largest outletglacier in the south of Vatnajökull glacier. It is characterized by its sandy soil and mostly very sparse vegetation. The Lyme Grass on the image was sowed. Lyme grass has been utilized for land restoration since it binds the […]
Kringla is a beautiful area on route Dómadalsleið, in Fjallabak Nature Reserve. It lies about 590m above sea level and is surpricingly grassy. The mountains around reach above 1000m.
A rainbow by Lifrarfjöll mountains, at Fjallabak Nature Reserve in the interior of Iceland. This images is shot close by the Landmannahellir cave. At Landmannahellir there is a nice camping site and a site for house vans, camping wagons. There are possibilities to go trout angling in the neighbouring lakes.
Reynisdrangar, basalt sea stacks situated under the mountain Reynisfjall near the village Vík í Mýrdal, southern Iceland. A Legend says that the stacks originated when two trolls dragged a three-masted ship to land unsuccessfully and when daylight broke they became needles of rock.
Lake Kleifarvatn on the Reykjanes Peninsula. Viewing northeast towards Syðri Stapi. Lake Kleifarvatn is the largest lake on the Reykjanes peninsula, Iceland.
Fögrufjöll means Beautiful Mountains. This mountain ridge is on the east side of Lake Langisjór (The Long Sea) in the Highlands of Iceland. The lake is around 20 km in length and up to 2 km wide, with a total surface area of about 26 km² and a depth of 75m at its deepest point. […]
Daybreak at Laugavegur highland route Fjallabak, Interior of Iceland. The Laugavegur is a famous trekking route in the Interior of Iceland from the hot springs area of Landmannalaugar to the glacial valley of Þórsmörk. It is noted for the wide variety of landscapes that are experienced in just 55 km. The route is typically completed […]
Barnafoss is also known as Bjarnafoss, which was its previous name. Barnafoss is near Hraunfossar which burst out of Hallmundarhraun lava plain. Many Icelandic folk tales have been associated with Barnafoss, the most famous being about two boys from a nearby farm, Hraunsás. One day, the boys parents went with their ploughmen to the church. […]
The Blue Lagoon (Icelandic: “Bláa lónið”) geothermal spa is one of the most visited attractions in Iceland. The steamy waters are part of a lava formation. The warm waters are rich in minerals like silica and sulphur. The Blue Lagoon also operates a Research and Development facility to help find cures for skin ailments using […]
Skaftafell National Park was founded on September 15, 1967, and enlarged twice afterwards. Today, the park measures about 4807 km2 (2884 mi²), making it Iceland’s second largest national park. The landscape is very similar to some of the Alps, but it has been formed in thousands of years by different influences of fire (volcanic eruptions of Öræfajökull) […]
The Sprengisandur highland road is with its 200 km the longest of the Icelandic highland roads. It begins near the volcano Hekla in the south, where another track is going to Landmannalaugar.
Urriðafoss is a waterfall located in the river Þjórsá in southwest Iceland. The National Power Company Landsvirkjun is planning to build hydropower stations on the lower part of Þjórsár river, at Urriðafoss and Núpur. The proposed Urriðafoss Power Plant is expected to have a capacity of approximately 125 MW and a power-generating capacity of 930 […]
Green moss on Laugahraun lava in Landmannalaugar. Circular pattern called ‘Witchcircles’ (icelandic: Nornahringir) from a fungus that grows under the moss and kills parts of it in this circular pattern.
Hraundrangi is a 1075 meter highest top on Mount Drangafjall in Öxnadalur valley. For many years people thought it was impossible to climb, but on August 5th 1956 two Icelanders and an American reached the summit.
Langjökull (Icelandic for “long glacier”) is the second largest ice cap in Iceland (953 km2), after Vatnajökull. It is situated in the west of the Icelandic interior or Highlands of Iceland. This Red Polar Bear was made for the 350.org project by artist Bjargey Ólafsdóttir on the 26th of November 2010.
One of the boreholes at Hellisheiði Geothermal Plants. The plant is situated at Hengill, an active volcanic ridge in SW Iceland. The plant’s purpose is to meet increasing demand for electricity and hot water for space heating in the industrial and domestic sectors. Estimated production capacity for the completed Hellisheiði Plant is 300 MW electricity and 400 […]
Kleifarvatn is the largest lake on the Reykjanes peninsula in Iceland, situated in the southern part of the peninsula on the fissure zone of the Mid-Atlantic Ridge.
Mt Einhyrningur (750m) is located between the small Tindfjöll Glacier and the bridge across River Markarfljót on the so-called Emstrur Route. The name means “The Unicorn”, and is derived from the shape of this low mountain.