Iceland Photo Gallery
 
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Lake Þingvallavatn, the largest natural lake in Iceland, is part of the Þingvellir National Park. Its many islands are of volcanic origin.


Þingvellir, first of the three destinations of the famous Golden Circle. The site of Alþingi, the first parliament in the world, taking sessions regularly each year between 930 and 1798.


Site of the Great Geysir, after which all geysirs are called. Here is Strokkur, another geysir just a few tens meters from Geysir.


Strokkur geysir when activated. It gets active every 4-8 minutes, and the erruption takes just about 5 seconds.


Gulfoss, the third part of the Golden Circle. It is a huge and magnificent series of falls, by many considered as the most beautiful waterfall in Iceland.


Gulfoss consists of two main parts, the smaller one upwards and a very tall ones downwards, giving the impresssion of an abyss.


The Icelandic "-foss" stands for a waterfall. There are many waterfalls in Iceland and they belong to the tallest and most powerfull ones in Europe.


Happy couple Camelia and Michal posing in front of Gulfoss.


This is the taller part of Gulfoss downwards, which runs diagonally regarding the flow of the river. The rising vapor gives a magical impression to the scene. It would not be very pleasant to fall into the abyss...


Seljalandsfoss, another well known waterfall, thanks to proximity to the Ring Road in southern Iceland. During the explosion of Eyafjallajökull in April 2010, the nearby glacier melted and a huge water current destroyed part of the road not far from here.


The waterfall is easily accessible from a parking place. Not far are other, smaller falls and cascades.


Seljalandsfoss is known for the possibility to go around the fall, and look on the flow of water from behind.


Therefore it is considered as the most "romantic" waterfall of Iceland.


The often visited skanzen (village museum) in Skogar. Very small compared to village museums found in central and eastern Europe, however quite an interesting place to see how Icelandic people used to live.


Turf houses were typical for Iceland, it provided a layer of insulation against the cold, and diminished a need for heating, very expensive in a country with scarcity of wood.


Lutheran church near the Skogar skanzen. The sky is dusty due to the fallout of volcano ash from the nearby Eyafjallajökull.


Although it cannot be seen from this picture, affected by the dusty sky, this is one of the most splendid and highest Iceland waterfalls - Skogafoss. The most fascinating looks are from the top.


It is worth of taking a hiking trip from Skogafoss up the river, where many other smaller waterfalls and rapids can be seen.


One of many less known waterfalls, on the way between Skogar and Skaftafell (southern Iceland), visible from the Ring Road.


Outside of Iceland, it would be considered as a great tourist attraction. Being in Iceland though, most people do not stop to visit it.


View of the Skaftafell glacier, which is actually just a small glacier tongue of Vatnajökull, Europe's largest glacier, located in southern Iceland.


There are many hiking trails around Skaftafell, in the narrow green hilly zone between the glacier and the strip of coastal plains. There are also small forests of low birch trees.


The most frequently visited attraction on the hiking trails of Skaftafell is the small but easthetically pleasing Svartifoss waterfall


Among the pecularities of this waterfall are the pipe-like rock formations ressembling natural church organs.


One can easily reach the cluster of turf houses, where people used to lived hundred years ago. In the background is the coastal plain, riveted by countless ridges, which gets filled with water smashing everything when the nearby volcano errupts and melts the glacier.


The houses are freely open for the public. One can see the kitchen, storage area and bedrooms in the upper floor. Usually there is no heating except in the kitchen. There are nice vistas of the nearby Skaftafell glacier from here.


One of many farms in Iceland with herds of sheep, located in the coastal plains under the glacier and rocks, here green and fertile, elsewhere desert-like and barren.


There is camping site next to the sheep farm, it is a pleasant noice of sheep's bells for falling asleep. In June, there are many cute sheep kids.


Have you ever seen black snow? Well, here it is: a black glacier (due to volcano ash)


View of the glacier at Skaftafell, near where the highest mountain in Iceland is located (Peak Hvannadalshnjúkur 2,110 m).


Properly equipped glacier hikers; Michal putting on crampons.


Glacier hikes without a guide are forbiden; the risks are quite big.


Risk no. 1: crevasses - long and narrow cracks in the glacier. One can easily fall and get stuck.


Risk no. 2: moraines – round, deep and wet tunnels in the glacier.


Desert-like hills next to coastal plains as seen from the road between Skftafell and Höfn.


Little brooks flowing from the hills towards the sea.


Jökulsárlón - a classic postcard scene, a lagoon filled with icebergs from Vatnajökull.


Camelia sitting in front of the ice lagoon.


Höfn - a small fishing port in Southern Iceland. We arrived during the Seamen Festival. The only vestige though of any folkloric activity were the hanging flags on ships.


View of the Ring Road and typical farms, which are spread all along the Icelandic coast.


A large church (on icelandic standards) in the important port Seydhisfjördur, located in the eastern fjords. Ferries from Europe arrive here.


Gufufoss, a nice waterfall next to the road from Seydhisfjordur to Egilsstathir. The first Iceland's jewel for tourists coming by ferry boat.


Plateau in east-central Iceland with small hills and occasional ponds and brooks, on the way between Egilsstathir and Myvatn lake.


It does not rain much in this part of Iceland, therefore the landscape ressemble a rocky desert.


Hverir, east from Myvatn Lake. It is a lunarlike landscape full of bubbling mudpots, steaming vents, sulpur deposits, boiling springs and fumaroles.


One of the fumaroles, emitting steam with high concentration of sulphur. Difficult for tourists to stay here due to the heavy stink of suplhur.


Hot steam is coming out through this steaming vent, having a peferctly symmetrical shape.


Bubbling mudpot. People used to collect sulphur from the area to export it to Europe for production of gun powder.


View of the Myvatn lake, one of the most popular destinations in Iceland. The name Myvatn means "midge lake", due to huge quantities of small biting insects.


Myvatn lake and the Queen of Icelandic mountains.


There are several pseudocraters in Myvatn area; they carry the “pseudo” name as they are not volcanic craters.


Walking among the pseudocraters is very pleasant.


This one is a true crater, called Hverfjall, created by volcanic eruption.


It has a diameter of 1 km, it takes almost an hour to walk along the crater's rim.


A narrow but kilometers long crevasse created during an earthquake.


Welcome to the famous Cow Café in Myvatn, where guests can observe cow feeding and milking while eating in the bar.


Viti is the most spectacular crater that we’ve seen in Iceland, with amazing colors. It is filled with a natural lake.


The ground below Viti is still boiling, so the locals built here a geothermal power plant.


The colorful Leirhnjukur crater, site of the most recent eruption of Krafla volcano in 1975.


Another site of stinking sulphur fumaroles and mudpods, at the site of Krafla volcano.


It is difficult to stay here even for a short amount of time due to the unbearable stench.


That is not a house on fire, but the geothermal powerplant near Krafla volcano.


Myvatn nature bath – a wonderful spot with thermal water.


There are saunas, steam baths and volcanic rocks at Myvatn nature bath.


Asbyrgi canyon in Jökulsárgljúfur national park, with Eyjan, a prominent out-crop formation.


This is one of the very few remaining Icelandic forests, inside the Asbyrgi canyon; all the rest were made fire wood in the past.


One of three famous waterfalls in Jökulsárgljúfur: Hafragilsfoss, Detifoss, Selfoss. This one is Hafragilsfoss.


Detail of Hafragilsfoss, taken from a high cliff above the Asbyrgi canyon.


Detifoss, considered as the most powerfull waterfall of Iceland (and therefore of Europe as well).


Roaring waters of Detifoss. It would probably mean a sure and quick death to fall into the waterfall...


Selfoss, the longest waterfall in Iceland – an amazing site, and even more amazing in the spring period when snow melts.


Main view of Selfoss, with its two lines of cliffs where water falls down.


Husavik, one of the traditional houses next to the old port, where the popular whale museum and base for whale watching is located.


High cliffs above the Northern Polar Sea, not far away from Husavik. Paradise for birds.


Nooni’s memorial house in Akureyri. Nooni is the hero of a famous children book.


Old Icelandic church, recently repainted with tar.


Snaefellsjökull, a beautiful volcano made famous by the classic book of Jules Verne "Journey to the Center of the Earth", which located entrance to the Earth here.


The area around Snaefellsjökull abounds in lava fields. They are often covered partially or fully in moss and other vegetation.


Golden beaches on the westernmost tip of the Snaefellsnes Peninsula.


Sand of the beaches is as tender as the one in Cote d'Azure, just a bit colder though.


Cliffs near Hellnar on Snaefellsnes Peninsula with many small mini-islands.


The ocean hits hard the western coast of Iceland.


There are interesting rock formations, such as this rock bridge with a window.


The cliffs provide an excellent location for bird's nests. This area is truly a paradise for ornitologists.


One of the two seals we’ve seen on the northern beach.


Ducks keeping away from curious tourists.


Icelandic horses are a famous breed; there are many horse farms in Iceland.


They are a bit smaller than other horse breeds, and have not mixed for almost a thousand years.


Ship used for whale watching, a favorite tourist activity on Iceland. Reykjavik and Husavik are the most common places where these expeditions take place.


First visiting point of whale tours from Reykjavik, the Puffin Island, named after the countless cute birds, which live on the small uninhabited island.


If you visit Iceland, you must spend at least one hour horsedriving on the famous Icelandic breed, which has not mixed for almost a thousand years.


View to the northern part of Reykjavik and the mountain Eskja, the popular hiking destination in the city proximity.


The central lake in Reykjavik, a favorite spot for walking, jogging and relaxing. The church in front was important in the long process of Icelanding emancipation from Danish supremacy.


One of the main squares in Reykjavik city center. Since it was almost 17 degrees, very hot for Icelandic standards, people in scare clothes are picknicking and laying on the grass.


The main church of Akureyri, a modern building sheltering some of the painted glasses from the cathedral in English Coventry.


The architectural pearl of Reykjavik, the Hallgrimskirkja church. You can go by lift to the top of the tower and get a supurb view of the city from bird's perspective.


View towards Reykjavik's center, where the lake, townhall and the oldest churches are.


View on Reykjavik's old harbour near the city center, with its fuel tanks and the base for whale watching tours.


The famous Blue Lagoon, a huge outdoor swimming lake, heated by geothermal springs.


Relaxed couple Camelia and Michal, after a couple of hours in the thermal pool.