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Seljalandsfoss waterfall in Iceland

The next morning we woke up and headed straight for the Seljalandsfoss waterfall.

The next morning. Just look at the sky

The next morning. Just look at the sky.

Beautiful nature continues.

Beautiful nature continues. We are on our way to Reykjavik.

Iceland is located at the juncture of the North Atlantic

Iceland is located at the juncture of the North Atlantic and Arctic Oceans. And it's only about 200 km away from Greenland. First scenes of this land outside the window.

wonderful nature

We didn't know what to expect so we just enjoyed wonderful nature.

Surreal Iceland

Surreal.

no ice in Iceland

Even though it is called Iceland you can't really see much of an ice. At least in this part of the island.

A house in the middle of nowhere.

A house in the middle of nowhere.

arctic lights in Iceland

It's a shame we didn't get to see the arctic lights.

huge trucks

And these are the trucks that've been waiting for us. We all were pretty amazed. You can see a person near it to realise the scale of them.

Closing in to the waterfall

Closing in to the waterfall.

Some local cars in Iceland

Time to move out. Some local cars.

huge truck in Iceland

The other one had 6 doors and reminded of more like a limo.

eruption and earthquake in Iceland

You can see how rocks have fallen down during last eruption and earthquake.

vehicles in Iceland

It turned out our vehicles are not the largest ones.

Real volcanic land

So we headed for our first destination. Real volcanic land. If you've ever been to a volcano you would find the nature very similar to it. It really looked like an airport is in the middle of nowhere.

And here we are

And here we are.

driver in iceland

Our driver. I personally am about 194 cm tall and he was much taller than me. :)

The Seljalandsfoss waterfall, Iceland

The Seljalandsfoss waterfall, Iceland.

Lonely house in the middle of nowhere

Lonely house in the middle of nowhere.

Not many cars on the roads

Not many cars on the roads either.

Great way to admire the waterfall

I guess this bench was placed here on purpose. Great way to admire the waterfall.

clouds of steam

Here we are closing in to our first destination. You can see clouds of steam ahead.

round the waterfall

It actually is possible to go round the waterfall, but not at this weather.

the Gulfoss waterfall

And here it is - the Gulfoss waterfall.

geothermal spa

We are heading for the geothermal spa which is one of the most visited attractions in Iceland.

Wind was quite strong so

Wind was quite strong so..

Iceland and the most popular

One of the largest in Iceland and the most popular.

water is unbelievably clean and healthy

The spa is located in a lava field. The water here is unbelievably clean and healthy. The color of it is just amazing.

waterfall immediately turned into ice

..everything around the waterfall immediately turned into ice.

best weather in Iceland

Of course the weather wasn't the best one. Every bit of the road got completely frozen which made it absolutely impossible to walk.

The Blue Lagoon

This place is called "The Blue Lagoon".

Here are some closer shots

Here are some closer shots.

Frozen Iceland

When we had to come down to the waterfall everybody just hold on to the rope. Otherwise you would just slide down at quite high speed.

entrance through the lava field

A walk to the entrance through the lava field.

camera lenses

The same happens with you and the camera lenses in seconds.

Frozen Iceland

The problem was that the people who were going up were using the same rope, so we kind of stuck there. :) And the freezing wind with water didn't help.

color of the water

The first thing that amazes you is the color of the water and the second is the temperature of it.

I immediately was covered in ice

I immediately was covered in ice. I didn't even got wet, water instantly froze all over me.

totally frozen and covered in ice

You can see that every bit of land is totally frozen and covered in ice.

warm waters are rich in minerals

The warm waters are rich in minerals like silica and sulphur and bathing in the Blue Lagoon is reputed to help some people suffering from skin diseases such as psoriasis.

weatherproof camera

Would really recommend to have a weatherproof camera here.

You can feel the mighty power of it

You can feel the mighty power of it.

water temperature

The water temperature in the bathing and swimming area of the lagoon averages 37–39 °C (98–102 °F).

Strong winds in Iceland

It's really difficult to move or just stand still in such strong wind and slippery surface.

Superheated water

Superheated water is vented from the ground near a lava flow and used to run turbines that generate electricity. After going through the turbines, the steam and hot water passes through a heat exchanger to provide heat for a municipal water heating system. Then the water is fed into the lagoon for recreational and medicinal users to bathe in.

strong wind in Iceland

Because of the strong wind and ice it is almost impossible to stand here.

Amazing waterall in Iceland

But the waterfall itself looks quite amazing.

Blue Lagoon, Iceland

Blue Lagoon, Iceland.

What used to be grass

What used to be grass.

river simply vanishes into the earth

As one first approaches the falls, the crevice is obscured from view, so that it appears that a mighty river simply vanishes into the earth.

quite extreme

It's quite extreme. The temperature outside was about -2C, but the water was about 40C. So the hardest thing is to get out of the house in your swimming shorts and quickly jump into the pool. The watchman demonstrates how cold it really was outside. The only problem is that your ears keep freezing.

The closest I was able to get to the waterfall

The closest I was able to get to the waterfall.

water running over this waterfall

The average amount of water running over this waterfall is 140 m³/s in the summertime and 80 m³/s in the wintertime. The highest flood measured was 2000 m³/s.

Very useful place when the wind is too strong

Very useful place when the wind is too strong.

Iceland explorers

Iceland explorers.

Otherwise I would never know

Good thing they have a sign. Otherwise I would never know. :)

Really an amazing place

Really an amazing place. You can swim there all year long even when outside temperature drops below -20 C.

Beautiful Iceland

Trying to stand still

Trying to stand still.

Blue Lagoon

After "Blue Lagoon" we continued our first day journey through the island.

Explorers in Iceland

lenses will get covered in ice

Camera freezes even more quickly then we are, so you have to be quick. Otherwise the lenses will get covered in ice.

offroading a little bit

And since we have these enormous trucks why not to go offroading a little bit.

Trying to stand against the wind

Trying to stand against the wind.

A view from the inside

A view from the inside.

water just floating out of the mountains

As you keep going you see water just floating out of the mountains.

You immediately get frozen in Iceland

You immediately get frozen. It wasn't raining or snowing. The water from the waterfall just freezes right on your clothes.

driving steep roads

In was quite unusual driving roads that are this steep.

Water in Iceland

Since this water comes from the glaciers it's extremely clear.

climbing a hill in Iceland

On our way back we decided to take a different root by climbing a hill.

strong wind

The higher we got the stronger the wind became.

Eyjafjallajökull volcano

Passing huge lava field, going for Eyjafjallajökull volcano where eruption took place a couple years ago.

frozen road Iceland

It was much easier than to go back down that frozen road.

On top of the hill

On top of the hill the wind became so strong that it was impossible to get out of the cars.

Not the easiest road to be honest

Not the easiest road to be honest.

beauty of Iceland

From up here you can see the whole beauty of it.

It was safer and easier

So we took some pictures from the inside. It was safer and easier.

Iceland on your own

I'm not sure if it's a good idea to come to Iceland on your own and renting a car. I would never try to come to these places if I was on my own. And even if I wanted I wouldn't be able to as well.

Antarctica

If you look straight ahead to the ocean there would be absolutely no land at all, all the way to Antarctica.

Closing in to the glacier

Closing in to the glacier. The lava from the eruption of the Eyjafjallajökull was going right through this valley. You can see a light blue ice in front of you.

rainy seasons in Iceland

We were told that in rainy seasons all this valley where water falls floats up till the very edge.

hostile environment

Looks like a very hostile environment but at the same time incredibly healthy.

very old ice

This is very old ice that got uncovered after the eruption and that has been hidden underneath the upper layers of the ice for thousands of years.

Wouldn't be the best place for rafting I guess

Wouldn't be the best place for rafting I guess.

pipe going down the road

You can see a pipe going down the road. This is the hot water from the geyser they transfer and use to heat their houses.

one of the glaciers

It's hard to see it on a photo but it's really huge. And this is just one of the glaciers coming down from this mountain.

Here is a closer look

Here is a closer look.

Glacier in Iceland

Glacier in Iceland.

Best place to take photos

Best place to take photos.

Finally back on the civilised road

Finally back on the civilised road. By the way the condition of the road is close to ideal.

brand new ground

We are now standing on a brand new ground that is just a couple years old.

Gulfoss waterfall, Iceland

Gulfoss waterfall, Iceland.

Typical Icelandic scene

Typical Icelandic scene. Coastline, a fishing boat and some mountains.

it's impossible to get here with a normal car

I think it's impossible to get here with a normal car.

strong wind in Iceland

The reason why I'm sitting is because it was impossible to stand because of the strong wind.

photo of me

Had to take at least one photo of me as well. :)

Beautiful view on the valley

Beautiful view on the valley.

Iceland is really is an astonishing land.

This really is an astonishing land.

You can already see the steaming water

So we continue our trip to see some geysers. You can already see the steaming water.

several hours to climb

It would take several hours to climb up that glacier.

Like it Iceland

Like it. :)

The smell of hydrogen sulfide

And here they are. First thing you notice is the smell. It's quite nasty. The smell of hydrogen sulfide gives that "rotten eggs" smell.

The scale of a human

The scale of a human comparing to the mountains.

scale of the waterfall

Here you can see the scale of the waterfall comparing to humans.

Geysers

Geysers require a specific set of geological conditions.

The higher we went the more beautiful it got

The higher we went the more beautiful it got.

And this is how it looks in winter time

And this is how it looks in winter time. Amazing. It's really beautiful here during any season.

heat from a magma

First, heat from a magma very near the earth's surface.

Feels more like you are on the moon

Feels more like you are on the moon.

Locals Icelanders

Locals. :)

supply of water

Second, a supply of water that can circulate deep enough to be heated by the magma.

thousand cubic meters of ice

Until the eruption all this valley was covered in ice. Thousands and thousands of cubic meters of ice just vanished.

We managed to visit some stores

We managed to visit some stores as well. Icelanders really believe in elves. They are literally everywhere.

pressure chamber

Third, cavities or pore space in the rocks just below ground level that can act as a pressure chamber.

The clearest and healthiest water

The clearest and healthiest water.

Horns in Iceland

Horns.

until the eruption results

Fourth, silica rich rocks that will provide abundant silica to seal the pressure chamber and keep the pressure contained until the eruption results.

All together

All together.

Natural fur in Iceland

Natural fur. It could be really warm in it.

Geologically

Geologically, having all four of these conditions at once is a relatively rare occurrence.

Explorers

Explorers :)

A can with fresh mountain air

I liked this item the most. A can with fresh mountain air. It costs about 5$.

boiling water

Here is an illustration of how this works. So weird when its freezing outside but the water is boiling at about 100 C.

Time to move on

Time to move on.

Actually non of these animals live in Iceland

White bear and a mountain goat. Actually non of these animals live in Iceland.

The sun began to set so it's time to move on

The sun began to set so it's time to move on.

huge glacier on the mountain

You can see that this ice was just a part of a huge glacier on the mountain.

Now it's time to go see another

Now it's time to go see another wonder that island hides in its depths.

Iceland - The beautiful pearl of the north

Iceland - The beautiful pearl of the north.

Two more ice slides

Two more ice slides behind the hill.

Spooky mountains in Iceland

Spooky mountains appear as we drive down the road.

quite dangerous

It's quite dangerous to drive near them when it's stormy. Because of the wind going down the mountain generates speed up to 70m/s which can easily roll over your car.

Interesting abandoned houses

Interesting abandoned houses.

Views are just staggering

Views are just staggering.

volcanic cave

Our next destination is the volcanic cave. This is the entrance. If you don't know it's here you will never find it.

I guess it's impossible to drive here

I guess it's impossible to drive here. Interesting that signs are chained to the ground so that they wouldn't be blown away by strong winds.

As we drove higher first snow appeared

As we drove higher first snow appeared.

special equipment

Plus you need special equipment to enter it. Quite hard to climb slippery stones with a camera.

cross some rivers as well

On our way had to cross some rivers as well. Didn't feel that safe about this idea at the beginning.

Getting closer to our destination

Getting closer to our destination.

eruption occurred

When the eruption occurred the lava flow went underground created a very long round cave. Later the lava disappeared leaving the cave. This one is about 1.5km long and about 15m high.

turned out quite well and funny

But it turned out quite well and funny in the end.

Mid-Atlantic Ridge

It is the site of a rift valley that marks the crest of the Mid-Atlantic Ridge. It is also home to Þingvallavatn, the largest natural lake in Iceland.

Really an amazing one life experience

Really an amazing one life experience. :)

huge American plate

In short this is a place where the Eurasian and North American tectonic plates meet. You can see huge American plate is coming over European plate.

very interesting place

We went only about 100m inside of it. The further we went the darker it got. I'm not sure that I would want to go all 1500m till the end of it. But still, very interesting place.

Finally we've reached campings

Finally we've reached campings.

North American and Eurasian Plates

The continental drift between the North American and Eurasian Plates can be clearly seen in the cracks or faults.

geysers

Our last destination of the day were another geysers. Before we've seen the water just boiling and evaporating. This time we're about to see the erupting geysers - Haukadalur.

Icelandic dog

Met an amazing Icelandic dog. :)

This also causes the often-measurable

This also causes the often-measurable earthquakes in the area.

erupting geyser in Haukadalur

The erupting geyser in Haukadalur valley are the oldest known geyser in the world.

great vehicles

Huge thanks to our great vehicles and drivers.

surprisingly clear water

Some of the rifts are full of surprisingly clear water.

boiling water

Here is a small one. You can see the boiling water in it from the heat underground.

climb up the nearest hill

Decided to climb up the nearest hill.

The water is unbelievably clear

The water is unbelievably clear. At some places you can see 60m deep.

larger geyser

And here is the larger geyser. The water in it don't just evaporate. It erupts. Also take a look at the sky and clouds. Very unusual shapes.

Astonishing view

Astonishing view. Can imagine how it is like here in the summer time.

One, Nikulásargjá, is better known as Peningagjá

One, Nikulásargjá, is better known as Peningagjá, as it is littered with coins at its bottom. After being bridged in 1907 for the arrival of King Frederick VIII of Denmark, visitors began to throw coins in the fissure, to see how really deep it is and how far it can be seen.

The eruption occurs every 8-10 minutes

The eruption occurs every 8-10 minutes. All this time the water keeps warming up, and when the temperature reaches its maximum it blows up in to the air or erupts.

lava went during the eruption

It looks like the river floating down the valley. But in reality it's an ash from volcano. This is were the lava went during the eruption.

Here you can see some coins as well

Here you can see some coins as well.

huge explosion

Here you can see the difference in about a second. One moment it's stable and the other you can see a huge explosion that goes abut 20m up in the air.

Taking a walk

Taking a walk by this this wonderful land.

Beautiful Iceland

eruption geyser

And even though the water is 100 C hot the temperature outside is so cold that it immediately cools down making no damage to the people around it.

People have been here a long time ago

Looks like we're not the first ones here. People have been here a long time ago.

The tectonic plate

The tectonic plate itself. It goes for hundreds of kilometers and continues under the ocean.

After the eruption the water fills the hole

After the eruption the water fills the hole once again and the whole cycle continues.

Amazing Iceland

astonishing land

This really is an astonishing land.

You can easily walk between these to plates

You can easily walk between these to plates.

The bubble geyser

If you're lucky you can catch the very beginning of eruption. The bubble. It appears only for a moment, much less than a second before exploding.

all day in the mountains

We've spent all day in the mountains, so at the evening we headed back for a camp side.

Iceland mountains

the eruption

And here goes the eruption.

To the left is North American plate, to the right - European plate

To the left is North American plate, to the right - European plate.

Beautiful and amazing Iceland

Beautiful and amazing.

Taking a walk from Europe to America

Taking a walk from Europe to America.

Geyser eruption, Iceland

Geyser eruption, Iceland

the only place in the world Iceland

Probably the only place in the world where you can do that.

Some smaller non erupting geysers

Some smaller non erupting geysers.

just look at this view

Finally we are on top. And just look at this view.

forbidden to walk around the field

It is forbidden to walk around the field. Only down the specific path. Otherwise it can be very dangerous.

illustration of how geysers work

Here is again an illustration of how these geysers work.

top of the world Iceland

I'm on top of the world watching two plates coming onto each other.

I just love driving these roads

Time to go for our camp side. I just love driving these roads.

A church by the coastline on the beautiful sunset background

A church by the coastline on the beautiful sunset background.

You can see Þingvallavatn in Iceland

You can see Þingvallavatn - a lake in south-western Iceland. With a surface of 84 km² it is the largest natural lake in Iceland. Its greatest depth is at 114 m.

Looks like we made it

Looks like we made it.

freaking cold and wind in Iceland

Hard to describe feeling when you're standing there. Despite freaking cold and wind of course.

A place of geographical center

A place of geographical center as well.

Beautiful Iceland

I should definitely return to Iceland

I should definitely return here.

Þingvellir, Iceland

Þingvellir, Iceland.

final destination - Reykjavik

After Þingvellir it's time to visit our final destination - Reykjavik - the capital of Iceland.

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