The Bubble (PiP)

Iceland- the South and Southeast

Photos from Suðurland and southern Austurland (west of Höfn)

Gullfoss (PiP)

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At Gullfoss the river Hvítá descends from the highlands. The river has eroded away the sedimentary layers whereas the interspersed lava flows have withstood better and form the steps over which the water falls. Also see insets. The photo bottom right shows the beginning of the Hvítágljúfur gorge. I have replaced the panorama with a new version where I have closed a few "holes" by cloning. Made from 16 vertical shots in two rows. Canon EOS 6D, 24-105/4,0: F/8, 1/200, ISO 125

End of season

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Angelica archangelica seedheads at Gullfoss Echte Engelwurz vor dem Gullfoss

The Bubble (PiP)

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Strokkur geyser erupts about every 10 minutes to a height of ca. 20m (see inset clickable photo). It lies in an area of silica sinter deposit in Haukadalur geothermal field, the remnant of Geysir volcanic system which consists of a basaltic central volcano and rhyolitic lava domes on the southern end of Langjökull fissure swarm. The big Geysir (which gave all geyers its name) is nearby and has erupted twice already this year after a long dormancy- it seems things are hotting up;-)

Strokkur in action

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Strokkur geyser erupts regularly every few minutes. It lies in Haukadalur geothermal area on the southern end of the Langjökull fissure swarm. The big Geysir lies dormant nearby. The area has been experiencing repeated quake swarms and is expected to become volcanically more active with potential eruptions in Langjökull in the coming years/ decades.


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One of the many hot springs at Þykkvuhverir in the geothermal field of Geysir.

Icelandic fence

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HFF everybody, forget about upload troubles and enjoy the weekend!

Stóri Dímon and Eyafjallajökull

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Markarfljót valley and western side of Eyafjallajökull seen from the Ring Road. Stóri Dímon is the rock in the middle.

Surely a troll!

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Cliffs of the former coastline at the foot of Eyefjallajökull. The top of hidden waterfall Gljúfrabúi is just visible behind the troll. Die Klippen der früheren Küstenlinie unterhalb des Eyafjallajökull. Der obere Teil des verborgenen Wasserfalls Gljúfrabúi ist gerade noch hinter dem Troll sichtbar.

Gljúfrabúi (2xPiP)

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Gljúfrabúi, the hidden waterfall, is just a short walk from better known Seljalandsfoss. Lying under Eyafjallajökull volcano, it is 40m high and mostly hidden by palagonite rocks in front of it. Getting a nearer view involves scrambling up the rocks or wading the river, both can be hazardous. Vertical panorama stitched from 6 photos.Inset a detail and the falls seen from a distance. Gljúfrabúi, der vesteckte Wasserfall, ist einen kurzen Spaziergang vom bekannteren Seljalandsfoss entfernt. Er ist 40 m hoch, liegt unterhalb des Eyafjallajökull und ist weitestgehend von Palagonitfelsen verdeckt. Näher heran kommt man nur, wenn man entweder den Felsen hochklettert oder den Fluss durchwatet, beides nicht ganz ungefährlich. Vertikalpano aus 6 Aufnahmen, im PiP ein Detail und eine Gesamtaufnahme aus der Entfernung.


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Seljalandsfoss lies at the foot of Eyafjallajökull and drops 60m over the former coastline. One can walk behind the waterfall.


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Walking behind Seljalandsfoss involves a mild scramble on the western side. Depending on wind direction you can also get rather wet.


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Where the farms now are the coast used to be during the ice age. On top (in the glacier) the crater of the 2010 eruption can be seen.

Þorvaldseyri - in the shadow of Eyafjallajökull

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Þorvaldseyri was one of the farms hit hardest by ashfall. At the new visitor centre a video of the eruption is shown.

Dark clouds over Katla

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Mýrdalsjökull and outlet glacier Sólheimajökull seen from the ring road. Because of an unusually high level of seismic unrest in Katla caldera the aviation colour code was raised to yellow and civil protection declared a state of uncertainty. For the moment the activity has gone down again but the volcano continues to be monitored closely. Mýrdalsjökull und Auslassgletscher Sólheimajökull von der Ringstrasse. Wegen eines ungewöhnlich starken seismischen Schwarms wurde die Warnstufe für den Flugverkehr auf Gelb gesetzt und der Katastrophenschutz hat einen Status erhöhter Wachsamkeit ausgerufen. Momentan ist die Aktivität wieder zurückgegangen, aber der Vulkan wird weiterhin engmaschig überwacht.

Lundi at Dyrhólaey

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Puffin posing for tourists,-)

Lundis at Dyrhólaey

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Very few of the puffins at Dyrhólaey laid eggs in 2014 due to lack of sandeels to feed their young (a consequence of global warming) . The colonies on Vestmannaeyjar are also threatened whereas colonies in the north are still thriving.

Lundi at Dyrhólaey

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Puffins (fratercula arctica) breed in large colonies, building their burrows near cliff tops.

Dyrhólaey lava beach

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Cape Dyrhólaey is a former submarine volcano. The eroded tuff cone is topped by pahoehoe lava flows.

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