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Old 08-02-2009, 07:49 AM   #91
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Gorgeous Photography

What an amazing place to visit and you have captured it so well in your photographs, I want to visit Iceland , even more so now Ive experienced it through your lens , stunning. Did you encounter any Mosquitoes while there?
Perhaps it is too cold for the Blood suckers? Fantastic report thank you for sharing.
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Old 08-02-2009, 12:47 PM   #92
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you hawe been in my home town Ólafsvík. hope you came in the bakery, hope you like it here.
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Old 08-03-2009, 12:57 AM   #93
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What an amazing place to visit and you have captured it so well in your photographs, I want to visit Iceland , even more so now Ive experienced it through your lens , stunning. Did you encounter any Mosquitoes while there?
Perhaps it is too cold for the Blood suckers? Fantastic report thank you for sharing.

Thanks - and yes, Iceland is worth a visit!


The only area where you have midges or mosquitoes in Iceland is at the lake Mývatn. "Mý" in Icelandic means midge, "vatn" is a lake. There are such periods during summer where there are a lot of these animals around then, but you can be lucky too and have none.

We had some this year, but it was not bad, not comparable to what we had in Scotland....


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Old 08-03-2009, 01:00 AM   #94
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you hawe been in my home town Ólafsvík. hope you came in the bakery, hope you like it here.

In fact we were out of everything and WANTED to go to the supermarket and the bakery... but we were there too early and didn't want to wait the 2 or 3 hours...

But when I return there I'll come in! (2010 with my XT500 hopefully)

Stunning place for living however!

Greetings to Iceland!!!

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Old 08-03-2009, 02:15 AM   #95
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Iceland - the south

The weather became very bad now. We had a storm with an average wind speed of 70 km/h. Driving was somehow funny but of course also a bit dangerous now. Somehow we managed to ride to Reykjavík and to the bill of the Reykjanes peninsula to Garđur. That was definitely the best place to put up a tent in a storm! We had wind directly from the south AND from the west.

Somehow we managed to put up our tent and it didn't even once fly away! We were soaked to the skin and decided to buy ourselves some hot coffee in the coffee house and coffee roaster "Kaffitár" in Keflavík.

We were very, very wet and left some stains on the floor , but the staff was kind.


Then we had the luck that the British oldtimer cars that participated at the "Classic reliability trial of Iceland" run from a British club where here in town and we watched them.

Hats off! The weather was bad as you can see and they had no waterproof motorcycle gear as we had. But most of them seemed to enjoy it.




Three days later the weather became better and we were already on our way to the south of Iceland, but wanted to re-visit some tourist-attractions like Geysir and the waterfall Gullfoss.

First we stopped at Ţingvellir and the lake Ţingvallavatn.

Ţingvellir is a very important historic region where in the year 930 the first Alţing was held. This was a gathering of all the viking chiefs of the whole island where they went to court, executed their laws etc.

And it's a geological important area too because this is the area in Iceland where the country drifts apart, where you are on the Eurasian plate in one moment on on the American in the next.

You can see this fracture zone very good here:




That's the lake Ţingvallavatn.







Then we had a stop at the famous Geysir.




And then at the Gullfoss waterfall. That translates as "Golden Waterfall" because sometimes, in the right light, the water appears as if it was gold.





After that, we had some fun on this dirt road.



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Old 08-03-2009, 02:53 AM   #96
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And then at the Gullfoss waterfall. That translates as "Golden Waterfall" because sometimes, in the right light, the water appears as if it was gold.
I take it you added some colours to this one? It looks rather false.
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Old 08-03-2009, 03:58 AM   #97
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I take it you added some colours to this one? It looks rather false.
No colors added, due to the minerals in the water it appears blue.
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Old 08-03-2009, 04:45 AM   #98
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I take it you added some colours to this one? It looks rather false.
Nobody hawe to bring colors in picktures from Iceland beleve me I live there
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Old 08-03-2009, 04:54 AM   #99
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Nobody hawe to bring colors in picktures from Iceland beleve me I live there
You're right!
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Old 08-03-2009, 05:03 AM   #100
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Oh, ok then - my apologies. The combination of the torquoise and distant blue sky threw me. I'm new to digital and all that post processing stuff - so was any photoshop type work done on it at all? Just curious
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Oh, ok then - my apologies. The combination of the torquoise and distant blue sky threw me. I'm new to digital and all that post processing stuff - so was any photoshop type work done on it at all? Just curious
No problem. Just as mentioned, the water is full of minerals that are responsable for the strange color... I have to look for some other pics of the water...
And the blue in the background may be due to some incorrect usage of the camera's tone correction. I'm still wandering about the right temperature settings for each picture.

Lightroom to be correct. Enhancing the contrast, dodge and burn. I think not even changes of saturation but don't me if I'm at fault.
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Old 08-03-2009, 05:58 AM   #102
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Thumb Great ride report!

Having just returing from a two week trip to Iceland, we can say that these pics accurately portray the beauty of Iceland. For anyone thinking about going there, get off your backsides and get there.

This RR is MOST EXCELLENT! Awesome photos and a great story to boot. Thanks!

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Old 08-03-2009, 08:28 AM   #103
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Iceland - the south

More pics from the south.

As already said, there are a lot of waterfalls in Iceland (that's because Iceland is very young and the rivers couldn't flatten the landscape yet).

Two of them are the Seljalandsfoss and the Skogafoss, and here they are:


You can go behind the Seljalandsfoss - mind the tiny man in the left corner.



And that's Bernhard in front of it.



And now the Skogafoss.




After these two waterfalls, the outwash plains of the south begin. It's a real solitude you're now driving through and the weather made it even more monotonous.

Still green. We wanted to ride to the highland here, but the weather turned out to be very bad with lots of rain. So we skipped that and returned to street No. 1 later on.




Me on the street to the highland.





Bathing in the sea. Yes, most of you already know this picture.





On our way to the east.




Endless street.




Stunning rocks besides the street.




The landscape once more becomes a black desert.




























After having some fun on the dirt road from above (which lead to nowhere) we're again on "the Ring".







And then the landscape becomes green again.

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Having just returing from a two week trip to Iceland, we can say that these pics accurately portray the beauty of Iceland. For anyone thinking about going there, get off your backsides and get there.

This RR is MOST EXCELLENT! Awesome photos and a great story to boot. Thanks!

Mike and Kim
Thanks a lot! If anyone is interested in touring to Iceland I could really recommend your RR, it's very detailed and great to read.

--> Go there


And you did some really fine tours, I want to go to Alaska and Labrador and Canada and Nova Scotia too!!!

Best wishes,
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Iceland - the south

But after this "color reduction" now something more vibrant.


I somehow forgot to post the pictures I took in a town called Vík, it's a must to stop there because afterwards is almost nothing for a while.

The beach there is one of the most beautiful beaches of the world for sure because there is this black sand!












After a cold and windy night at the Skaftafell national park the next day became brighter. We even had northern lights this evening, but not very spectacular ones.

Now the ice lagoons of the "Water Glacier" Vatnajökull.
























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