I don’t have much to say about this photo. Iceland has an abundance of waterfalls. I absolutly love waterfalls and winter always gives them an element overlooked by many people. This one, Skogarfoss was situated under the Eyjafjallajokull Volcano(I got pretty good an pronouncing Icelandic words however this one still eludes me) which erupted in 2010 causing the well publicized European airspace closure.
A side note to this photo. Beside this waterfall is the Museum of Skógar. This amazing museum boasts artifacts from Icelandic history going from present all the way back to the Viking era. There are also a number of old houses, a church and school preserved from early Icelandic settlements. If you are lucky, you will run into Þórður Tómasson who happens to be the Curator, Founder and owner of a good portion of the collection. We were lucky enough to get a private tour which included demonstrations and even a song on the church’s organ. This was one of the most memorable moments of our trip.Leave a reply
Dad and I are running a pretty tight schedule on our last day in Iceland. I manage to convince him to detour to a lava tube mentioned in Lonely Planet. Eventually we arrive at the spot. You could very easily miss the tiny sign and drive right by it.
The tube is just a hole in the ground. Dad is pretty hisitant about going in, I’m already down. It’s not easy going. The snow has build up inside coming in through spots where the roof has caved in. After about 50m Dad says it’s time to go. I’m still moving forward. Dad starts heading back. I climb over another cave-in and..
“Dad, you have to see this!”
The whole cave is sparkling. thousands of these ice spikes lit up by a ray of sun coming through the roof. Five minutes and numerous exposures later the sun is gone. The angle means it’s only shining through the hole for about 10 minutes a day.
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The Galapagos Marine Iguana is the only species of Iguana in the world that can live and feed in the sea. They can dive upwards of 15m for up to half an hour before they have to return to land and warm up. Probably the most interesting thing about them is they are relatively docile when warm but aggressive when they are cold as they can’t move very fast until they have sufficiently warmed up.
Judging by the look on this guys face he must have been a little on the cold side. Kind of looks like an annoyed Jack Nicholson. At least I think so.
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Dad and I found this beach by accident. In the Lonely Planet guide Dad got for free from the rental agency, there was a small footnote about a hole in the wall cliff with some old stones used to test peoples strength to become fisherman. This was accessed by a tiny unassuming road almost indistinguishable from it’s surroundings from the snow blown over it. After exploring the stones and the hole in the wall we decided to walk the extra 200m over to the beach. The wind was just whipping in and the waves were massive and thundering ashore. With only one other couple there it made the entire experience very surreal as you felt very much at the mercy of the weather around you.
In a side note, I still maintain the fisherman’s test stones were frozen to the ground. Also, if you are going to Iceland, the Lonely Planet is a must. Without it you will drive past roads you didn’t even know were there and miss some of the best features Iceland has to offer. This was by far the highlight of the day.
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