Pictures from travelling in Iceland solo, June 2006.


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I flew through Heathrow from Ireland to Reykjavik. In Heathrow, I saw this bottle at the World of Whiskey. I think
I would consider it the most expensive bottle I've ever seen. At that price, I hope they wrap a 3000 pound note to my head!


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The desolation of Iceland, visible from the airplane.

Reykjavik, Iceland


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I saw this gas station walking around Reykjavik and thought it a great example of how gas stations SHOULD operate,
contrary to legislation in Oregon.


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View from the top of the Perlan. You can see the small trees (planted) and the many purple lupins.


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The Perlan - the huge geothermally-heated hot water tanks that supply Reykjavik are now a tourist complex. All houses
come plumbed with hot and cold water into the house. Not a bad thing!


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Reykjavik from the top of the Perlan. The Hallsgrimkirkja is visible here.


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The city of Reykjavik with the nearby mountains visible on the other side of the bay.

Video of an indoor simulated geyser at the Perlan - VIDEO


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Inside the Perlan is a pretty decent Viking museum called the Saga Museum. This guy was standing outside of it.


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Some of the relics inside the museum.


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A modern-day Viking.


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Outside the Perlan, there is an artificial geyser.


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Nice example of some "green" architecture. This is a building near Nautholsvik Geothermal Beach.


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View from Nautholsvik. Did I mention that every day I was in Iceland, I spent some amount of time in a hot spring,
hot tub, or hot pool?


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The Tjorn in front of City Hall in Reykjavik with the green steeple of Frikirkjan to the right.


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Inside the Radhus (City Hall) is a really cool 3D map of Iceland. The big white things are glaciers.


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Close-up of one of the glaciers - Vatnajokull.


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Some cool chairs I found. I think I would feel like I'm always getting felt up sitting on them though...


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I think these are puffin's eggs, being sold at Kolaportio Flea Market.


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Reykjavik Harbour.


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The harbour without the natural frame.


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Hallsgrimkirkja church. The steeple is 75 m high with concrete made to look like basaltic columns. It took 34 years
to build, finishing in 1974. Apparently, it's visible from up to 20 km away.


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A great statue of Leif Eiriksson, the Viking discover of North America. The USA presented this statue to Iceland
to celebrate the 1000th anniversary of the Allping (Parliament) in 1930. This was when the USA was a more multi-lateral
state.


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The organ inside the church was quite grand although the walls were decorated in modest concrete style.


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Reykjavik with less clouds, from the steeple of Hallsgrimkirkja.


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This house made me think of a Ukrainian church because of the onion dome.

I took this video of fighting seagulls for my buddy Jason Leuschen - VIDEO


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Another weird sign. This one is in the shape of Iceland and is in the middle of a pond.


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The current home of the Icelandic parliament - the Alpingi, built in 1881. You can see the Christian 9 symbol
at the top of the building, showing that the Danes had control of Iceland in 1881.

Midsummer Festival and the Blue Lagoon


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On a whim, I joined up with a tour group hiking up a mountain in the evening, and then finishing at the Blue Lagoon.
I think I might have been the only foreigner on the trip, but I hopped on the bus and headed out of town for the event.
We arrived to the parking lot around 8pm, but remember that it doesn't get dark in June in Iceland at all, so the night is young!


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A few of the people hiking up the mountain.


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You can see the volcanic left-overs that make up most of the "countryside". I don't know what the
building is doing hanging out there, but I liked the design. I'm guessing that the owner's wife nagged
him to "spruce it up a bit".


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This guy's shirt was money, but check out the terrain around this mountain. Would you like some
rock to go with that rock?


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I'm not sure what plant this was, but I think anything growing here needs to be pretty hardy.


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At the top of the mountain, the organizers had a bonfire and a few entertainers singing local songs
and telling stories. The Icelandic have myths of elves and little people and once you've seen some of the rock piles
and eerie lava fields, it sort of makes sense. I think the stories these guys were telling had something to
do with that. It was all in Icelandic, so I'm only guessing here.


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Fun hazelnut chocolate bar that I liked.

Video of the entertainers on the top of the mountain for Midsummer Festival - VIDEO


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Part of the draw of the hike was that on the backside of the mountain is Iceland's famous Blue Lagoon hot pools,
which we got late night access to after the bonfire. The steam here is coming from there. More on the Blue Lagoon
here - BLUE LAGOON WEBSITE .


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Barren volcanic wasteland of southwest Iceland.


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Geothermal plant at the Blue Lagoon.


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Hiking down to the Blue Lagoon.


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Hiking trail with old lava bordering the trail.


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Any guesses where the name "Blue Lagoon" comes from?


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Yours truly, right before I spent a couple of hours swimming in the Lagoon and enjoying some kind of
blue liqueur that they were floating around the lagoon.

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