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Old 07-03-2011, 01:26 PM   #1
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Iceland in Black & White

Iceland in Black & White

It's been a year since the trip and I'm not any good a writer, however, since I've worked on some of my images for a project of mine I've decided to extend it some more including additional images and write this report. Images are in black & white since the project was in b&w and I think it may give some interesting perspective to the hole report since there are so many fine report here.

I will not bore you with much text, this is primary a photo story :)

So, let's begin. The trip was like below, 6000km with ferries, 1500km with trains (Munich - Hamburg) and 6500km with the bike, the route from Patras, GR to Ancona, IT and all the way up to Hanstholm, DK.




The route



Not much drama until DK, the usual Autostrada/Autobahn route and some stops for rest until Hanstholm.




Some stop before Denmark



From there 2 days no Norrona to the next stop Seyðisfjörður. Having not the best of fortune we ran into a storm after - what we where told later - of almost a month of great sunshine! For 2 days it rained almost constantly and was freezing cold with the temperature gauge in the bike reading at some point 3.5*C ! Now that's a 10 fold decrease in temperature from the 35*C where we started in South Europe!




Eastfjords






Eastfjords (You loose counting of waterfalls after a while)






Eastfjords






Route 939






Route 939






Route 939







Djúpivogur (The sculpture)






Djúpivogur (The harbor - view from camping site)



End of the day was in the town of Höfn, in the only hotel of the trip trying to dry our clothes and our selfs.

(to be continued... )

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Old 07-03-2011, 01:46 PM   #2
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Wow, I really enjoy the black and white pics. I've been wanting to go there for quite some time, I will stay tuned for the rest of the trip.
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Old 07-03-2011, 02:01 PM   #3
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nice pics . keep them coming.
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Old 07-03-2011, 02:02 PM   #4
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Old 07-03-2011, 02:44 PM   #5
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Old 07-03-2011, 02:57 PM   #6
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With those great shots - who needs color?!
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Old 07-04-2011, 12:05 AM   #7
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Vatnajökull - Jökulsárlón

The original plan was to make it around the island counter-clockwise going north at first, but as a newcomer will soon find out, they will be of no use since the weather has it's own mind and will change unpredictably. The weather forecast was better for the south/west of the island so that's where we where heading. Next stop the Vatnajökull glacier and the Jökulsárlón lagoon.

The names in Icelandic seem unpronounceable and complicated, but digging a little bit deeper they're usually combination of different words which makes it quite easier to decipher. For example Vatnajökull is a combination of vanta (water/lake) and jökull (glacier), so a name with jökull in it will most likely be a name of glacier or a place near it.





Vatnajökull





Vatnajökull (Two Germans where lost falling in a crevasse in this place in 2007, their bodies never recovered. )





Vatnajökull (close up)





Vatnajökull



Ice pieces broken off the glacier flow down the river and end up in black sand beach creating a spectacular landscape of contrast.




Icebergs in beach





Icebergs in beach





Icebergs in beach





Icebergs in beach





Pieces of ice breaking up (click to enlarge)





Camping next to Vatnajökull


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Old 07-04-2011, 12:22 AM   #8
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Φιλαρακι...εισαι καταπληκτικος....και οι φωτος ακομα πιο πολυ...
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Old 07-04-2011, 12:38 AM   #9
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bravo re file ekanes pragmatikotita oneiro etwn ,.to apoluto taxidi se mia alli diastasi.panta kala xiliometra
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Skógafoss - Skógar - Vik




Off west to next stop, Vik



West, the waters of Eyjafjallajökull glacier feed the Skógafoss waterfall falling from a hight of 60m.




Skógafoss





Skógafoss (close up)





Horses seems to be everywhere!





What a better place for camping?



With better weather we make it to the infamous black sand beaches of Vik. Vik it self is a small town on the southern tip of Iceland with a population of about 6000 people. With half the population of the country in the greater Reykjavik area, the rest of the country is sparse populated giving you a great sense of openness and freedom.




Vik beach





Vik beach





Vik beach





Vik


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Old 07-04-2011, 01:13 AM   #11
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Old 07-04-2011, 10:10 AM   #12
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Route 35: Gullfoss - Geysir - Langjökull

This is the route going to the most popular places Gullfoss, Geysir and the surrounding area. First stop to a volcanic crater along the way before reaching Gullfoss & Geysir.




Volcanic crater






Gullfoss






Gullfos






Geysir ready to explode






Geysir






Route 35 (gravel starts)






Route 35 (towards Langjokull)






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Langjokull

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Wow, the transparent iceberg shots are fantastic

Love how you converted the MapSource screenshot to B&W too
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Route 26 & Icelandic horses




Route 26






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Route 26






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Icelandic horses






Icelandic horses






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