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Nature Scenes from Iceland
A land of natural beauty and unspoiled nature
"Iceland? Is that up in Canada?" I was in a taxi in New York City back in 1994 when the cabdriver asked me this question. I may not remember exactly how I replied, but I think it was something like: "No, it's actually a large island in the North-Atlantic Ocean". So now you know too, in case you were wondering. There is however a place called New Iceland in Manitoba, named for the Icelandic settlers in the 19th century (which is another story though). So, as I was saying, Iceland is a large island in the North Atlantic, 103,000 square km to be more precise. There are however only about 320 thousand inhabitants, which means that there are only about 3.1 Icelanders per square km (in comparison, the population density in the USA for example is about 34/km2, and in China it's 140/km2). Because of this scarce population density, and since a vast majority of the population in Iceland lives close to the sea, the land is mostly unspoiled by man. Unspoiled nature is, as we know, becoming more and more difficult to find on this planet of ours, and is the reason I think, for the increased number of travelers to Iceland in recent years. I've collected a few photographs to give you a sneak preview of Iceland if you're planning a trip, and if you're not, I'm hoping you'll enjoy them nonetheless.
Akureyri and Vadlaheidi
Akureyri is Iceland's second largest urban area (after the Greater ReykjavÃk area) with a population of about 18 thousand. It is situated in the Eyjafjordur fiord in N-Iceland. The mountain you see is called Vadlaheidi.
Sunset in Akureyri
The Mountain Arnarstapi - Snaefellsnes, W-Iceland
There was an eruption in 2010...
The island of Flatey (Flat island), situated in the Breidafjordur fiord, W-Iceland.
My Beautiful Pine
I planted this little pine tree in Akureyri in 1993. Behind it you see Vadlaheidi.
Lit up Sky over Hlidarfjall
Hlidarfjall is a ski-resort ten minutes drive from Akureyri.
Rainbow over Holar
Holar in Hjaltadalur valley, N-Iceland. HÃ³lar was founded as a diocese in 1106 by bishop JÃ³n Ãgmundsson and soon became one of Iceland's two main centers of learning (Wikipedia).
Hraundrangar in Oxnadalur, N-Iceland
Someone told me that there's a whiskey-bottle up there. You'll have to do the climb to find out if that's the case. Maybe someone finished it already.
Kaldbakur Mountain, Eyjafjordur
It means Cold back mountain (sort of like Brokeback, but not quite).
Ever been to Iceland?
Kirkjufell, in Snaefellsnes, W-Iceland
It means Church mountain.
There aren't many trees in Iceland (yet). I managed to come up with a few though.
Iceland on Amazon
One of the most beautiful places in Iceland.
Near Vesturdalur in the Highlands
Raudholar, near Reykjavik
Pretty Cool Rock Formation
The red "A-house" with the green roof is called Jonshus, (the house of John) after my great-grandfather. It belongs to my family, and was built by family members in 1973.
Saudarkrokur in Skagafjordur fiord, N-Iceland
One of the fascinations in Iceland is the aurora borealis (the northern lights). It is very beautiful up here because there aren't any big city lights (unless you're in Reykjavik) interrupting it. The winter nights in Iceland are very dark, making this a truly magnificent spectacle.
Let it Snow
Lighthouse in Winter
The Montain Sulur, near Akureyri
One of the most beautiful mountains in Iceland in my opinion. And fun to climb as well!
This picture of Sulur I took from the rooftop of my grandparents' house in Akureyri. For those who have read my lens "Icelanders of the 20 century", the house in front of you is the same one that was destroyed in the explosion in 1974 (and successfully rebuilt as you can see).
A sunny glacier is a happy glacier!