Sunday, 31 July 2016

Icelandic landscapes...

I've just returned from a family holiday to Iceland and on this post I'll upload some of my favourite photos I took of the impressive landscapes...

Pingvellir National Park

Famous for being the site of the world's first parliament as well as being where the Eurasian and North American tectonic plates meet, we visited the park as part of the Golden Circle tour.

Gullfoss Waterfall

Our next stop on the Golden Circle was the huge and very impressive Gullfoss Waterfall. The sunny weather meant a rainbow was visible in the spray...

Geysir Geothermal Area

Something I'd always wanted to see was a geyser erupting and here I was able to do that when Strokkur shot water into the air every few minutes. Also in the area were a number of hot springs and fumaroles along with a distict smell of sulphur.

Kerið Volcanic Crater Lake

Another place we stopped at was the Kerið crater. It was formed when the magma chamber of the volcano collapsed during an eruption. 


We spent a number of evenings as well as our final morning exploring Iceland's capital. The highlight was probably the view from the top of the Hallgrímskirkja church looking over the city.

Sólfar (Sun Voyager)

Fríkirkjan í Reykjavík church behind Tjörnin
The town lake - known in Icelandic as Tjörnin

A number of vocanoes were seen during our trip including...

Eyjafjallajökull - famous for its 2010 eruption which halted air travel in most of Europe
A few random photos of Iceland (last two taken from the plane window on the way back)...

One of Iceland's many fault lines created as the Eurasian and North American tectonic plates pull apart.
Volcanic crater

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