East IcelandA Collage of Landscapes<br />August 2011<br />
Interior of East Iceland – land of dunes and rock<br />
Route 1 – the Ring Road, the only highway to circle Iceland<br />
Land of waterfalls<br />
Jökulsá á Dal<br />
Breiðdalur – our introduction to the East Fjords<br />
Switchback roads down into Breiðdalur<br />
Rhyolite peaks of Breiðdalur<br />
Bus stops in the middle of nowhere – typical Iceland!<br />
Fishing village of Breiðdalsvík<br />
Berufjörður<br />
Fish hatchery in the fjord<br />
Djúpivogur – fishing village, population 360<br />
Local police have a sense of humor!<br />
Djúpivogur, founded by German merchants in the 16th century, is the oldest community in the East Fjords.<br />
Austurhorn<br />
Jökulsa I Lóni river estuary in Lónsöræfi Nature Reserve<br />
Lónsöræfi hosts a colony of swans in autumn<br />
Vesturhorn<br />
Höfn – population 1640<br />
Views of Vatnajökull from Höfn<br />Vatnajökull is the largest ice cap outside of the Arctic, a total 8000 square km and 1...
Drive from Höfn to Skaftafell<br />Best way to appreciate the sheer scale of Vatnajökull – drive along the Ring Road on it...
Volcanic eruptions under the ice cap create massive jökulhlaups – sudden floods of glacial melt waters so powerful they ca...
Jökulsárlón – the glacial river lagoon<br />
Jökulsárlón started forming in the 1940s and continues to grow as the glaciers of the Vatnajökull rapidly retreat. Breiðam...
My close encounter with the icebergs.<br />
Icebergs on their journey out to sea.<br />
Melting icebergs marooned on the black sand beach<br />
I stand on the shores of the North Atlantic Ocean!<br />
Looking back towards the lagoon and Vatnajökull<br />
The Icelandic sense of humor<br />
Svínafell – Viking-era farm, once home to FlosiÞórðarson, known for burning Njál to death and sparking a bitter feud, as d...
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  1. 1. East IcelandA Collage of Landscapes<br />August 2011<br />
  2. 2. Interior of East Iceland – land of dunes and rock<br />
  3. 3. Route 1 – the Ring Road, the only highway to circle Iceland<br />
  4. 4. Land of waterfalls<br />
  5. 5. Jökulsá á Dal<br />
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  9. 9. Breiðdalur – our introduction to the East Fjords<br />
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  11. 11. Switchback roads down into Breiðdalur<br />
  12. 12. Rhyolite peaks of Breiðdalur<br />
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  14. 14. Bus stops in the middle of nowhere – typical Iceland!<br />
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  17. 17. Fishing village of Breiðdalsvík<br />
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  21. 21. Berufjörður<br />
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  26. 26. Fish hatchery in the fjord<br />
  27. 27. Djúpivogur – fishing village, population 360<br />
  28. 28. Local police have a sense of humor!<br />
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  30. 30. Djúpivogur, founded by German merchants in the 16th century, is the oldest community in the East Fjords.<br />
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  34. 34. Austurhorn<br />
  35. 35. Jökulsa I Lóni river estuary in Lónsöræfi Nature Reserve<br />
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  37. 37. Lónsöræfi hosts a colony of swans in autumn<br />
  38. 38. Vesturhorn<br />
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  40. 40. Höfn – population 1640<br />
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  42. 42. Views of Vatnajökull from Höfn<br />Vatnajökull is the largest ice cap outside of the Arctic, a total 8000 square km and 1 km thick. Home to numerous volcanoes, including Grímsvötn, the volcano that erupted earlier in the spring.<br />
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  46. 46. Drive from Höfn to Skaftafell<br />Best way to appreciate the sheer scale of Vatnajökull – drive along the Ring Road on its eastern side. The drive took a total of 2 hours past multiple glaciers!<br />
  47. 47. Volcanic eruptions under the ice cap create massive jökulhlaups – sudden floods of glacial melt waters so powerful they carry huge boulders and leave behind floodplains of volcanic debris.<br />
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  56. 56. Jökulsárlón – the glacial river lagoon<br />
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  59. 59. Jökulsárlón started forming in the 1940s and continues to grow as the glaciers of the Vatnajökull rapidly retreat. Breiðamerkurjökull once reached the Ring Road.<br />
  60. 60. My close encounter with the icebergs.<br />
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  64. 64. Icebergs on their journey out to sea.<br />
  65. 65. Melting icebergs marooned on the black sand beach<br />
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  67. 67. I stand on the shores of the North Atlantic Ocean!<br />
  68. 68. Looking back towards the lagoon and Vatnajökull<br />
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  70. 70. The Icelandic sense of humor<br />
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  76. 76. Svínafell – Viking-era farm, once home to FlosiÞórðarson, known for burning Njál to death and sparking a bitter feud, as dramatized in Njál’s Saga.<br />

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