Friday, August 29, 2014
Photos: August 9, 2014
The northern part of Iceland is more mountainous than the southern coast. Mountains seemed to go on forever, many with snow tops.
Iceland has magnificent waterfalls - this is just one of the small ones: Geitafoss.
Lake Mývatn has arms reaching in all directions. The views everywhere are extraordinary, with glaciers in the distance, volcanic mountains (dormant at the moment) and a profusion of water fowl.
We went to Dimmuborgir where the lava formations are fascinating. In Iceland at Christmas there are 12 Santas. They come to Dimmuborgir one day at a time. http://www.iceland.is/the-big-picture/news/celebrating-christmas-with-13-trolls/7916/ And after Christmas they each leave - one day each. Some say that Dimmuborgir was formed by lava hitting a lake bed, cooling and then the trapped surface water was forced through steam vents creating these odd shapes. Others say that the trolls were playing and didn't notice that the sun was about to rise and they were all turned into stone.
This formation is known as The Church. You can walk right into the "chapel" under the arch.
We climbed Hverfell, a dormant volcano. From a North Iceland site: "Hverfell has a large, circular explosion crater, about 140 metres deep and with a diameter of 1,000 metres. Hverfell is one of Iceland’s most beautiful and symmetrical explosion craters, besides being one of the largest of its kind in the world. It is considered certain that the crater was created during a volcanic explosion, and its age is estimated to be around 2800 - 2900 years."
The whole mountain feels like walking on pebbles. Nothing grows here.
More photos at: Iceland and Faroe Islands album