More pictures from travelling in Iceland solo, June 2006.


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I went looking for signs that said "Bjork" and this was one of the only ones I saw.


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This was one of my Christmas pictures this year. It's at the National Museum in Iceland.


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Now, THIS is a drinking horn!

The Al■ing


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I rented a car and went for a drive into the country. As part of the Golden Triangle, I stopped in at
the birthplace of Icelandic democracy, the Al■ing.


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■ingvellir National Park is a great park celebrating the first home of Icelandic law and democracy. This
is where the lawspeaker recited the laws to the parliament every year. The view is out to ■ingvallavatn.


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Anyone who doesn't believe in plate tectonics needs to see this. This is where the American and European plates collide.


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Rugged landscape around the collision of two continental plates.


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Another shot of the two sides of the world, steadily drawing apart at a rate of 1 mm per year.


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The view around ■ingvellir National Park.


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I took a walk down into the valley around the cliff bands.


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If you'd add trees to the landscape, it would look pretty nice.


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Waterfall dropping into the National Park.


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As I drove from ■ingvellir to Geysir, I stopped along the side of Lake Laugarvatn and took a shot. There are actually a few
trees here, but they're mostly small willows.


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From there, I continued on to Geysir, the namesake of natural geysers. It was a little cool out, so the heat
from the steam vents was actually kind of nice. The smell of sulphur I could have done without.


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A small bubbling geyser called "Litli Geysir"


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This is the main geyser at the Geysir site - Strokkur, the one people come for miles to see. Actually, this isn't
the original geyser. The original one got bunged up by rocks from tourists some time in the 60s. The government
used to force an eruption by pouring tonnes of soap flakes, but I guess someone decided that this was a bad idea.


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Looking deep into the bowels of the hot earth.


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I waited around for about 30 minutes to get this picture to work. About every 10 minutes, another one went off.
It was just like clockwork.

Gullfoss Waterfall


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This amazing view forms the third of Iceland's Big Three - Gullfoss. The other two are Geysir (above) and
■ingvellir. It was absolutely pouring down rain on this morning, and I was thrilled to have my Arcteryx shell.
Thank you REI Dividends!


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Gullfoss from further up the trail. Iceland's most famous waterfall drops 32 m into a steep canyon (invisible
behind all of the fog and mist).


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I took a bit of a scenic drive from Gullfoss down to the southern coast. I'm not sure I was supposed to be on these
roads, but the little Toyota did well. This is a view up to the volcano Hekla (as noted in paint on the rock).
It was a little too grey to see the mountain. Just a touch on the desolate side though.


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I elected to turn around right here.


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My trusty steed - Yaris!


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A sign near where I stopped. Seems like easy travelling terrain, right?


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A view of southern Iceland taken to the north. Most of these family homes take in travellers as long as
you have your own sleeping bag. Most of them even have their own hot tubs outside!


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The glaciers are just visible above the grassy hills.


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I visited a really great folk museum in Skˇgar where they have the first Bible which was translated into Icelandic.
The Bible dates from 1584 and belonged to Bishop Gudbrandur.


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Apparently, this is a sheep's condom. Wow, am I ever happy I'm not a sheep.


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I have no idea what these guys won their medals for, but WOW do they ever look gay! What is with the whole
underwear harness thing?


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This is the curator of the museum and is also the gentleman responsible for putting the collection together.
His name is ■ˇrdur Tˇmasson and he spent an hour touring me around his museum and showing me his collection.
He put together the boat behind him from driftwood that he found along the coast.


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The private museum is so good that the Icelandic Museum of Transport decided to build a Transport Museum here as well.
This looks like something that would have cruised around in Northern Canada somewhere. I'm sure Bombardier is still making this...


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Also in the town of Skˇgar is the powerful Skˇgafoss (waterfall), which is also the start of a pretty major trek up the
Fimmvorduhals Pass...


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Yours truly in Skˇgar.


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I took an 16 km hike up towards the Pass, which took me above the falls. This is the view to the Atlantic Ocean.


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Panoramic shot of the view down to the ocean.

Short video of the view from the top of Skˇgafoss VIDEO .


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The view behind me to the Ocean.


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The Valley of ■orsmork (The Woods of Thor) was created from glacial streams running off the massive icecaps.


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It was tough to take a bad picture here. Check out the crazy hoodoo formations.


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Another amazing waterfall.


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How do you even comment on vistas like this?


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This trek gets full marks from me.


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Absolutely, this gets the Paul Perrault stamp of approval.


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This view still gives me vertigo. The water is several hundred feet below here.


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There were sheep all over the place on this hike. This sheep wasn't happy with me.


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I'm guessing this was a Mom sheep.


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How much does this look like Multnomah falls in Oregon? Have a look HERE .
I guess it just needs a stone bridge.


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The biggest understatement I've ever seen.


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After crossing this bridge into a fog bank, I decided to call it a day and head back to my Yaris.


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This is where I spent the night on the southern coast. If you see a sign on the side of the road that has a bed
with a sleeping bad on it, chances are good that you can stay there pretty cheaply. Keri Gorman, note that this B & B
also had horses for rent.

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