|12-04-2011, 12:32 PM||#1|
Joined: Mar 2006
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Riding Iceland: Icebergs & Volcanoes, Oh My!
A couple of months ago, my wife and I rented a BMW F650GS and a Triumph Tiger 800 and spent two weeks riding around Iceland. Here are a couple of entries from our photojournal. More pictures and writeups at: http://www.ridedot.com/iceland
Tue Aug 23 2011: Ice? In Iceland?!?
This is the first time I've ever tried Gore-Tex riding pants - definitely not as good as a dedicated rainsuit. When you sit on wet Gore-Tex, the pressure squeezes all the water through the fabric onto your skin. 10 hours of soaking butt in 5C rain. :(
You can see some dark banding on some of the icebergs. Normally they are pure white, but the big eruption last year threw ash all over the glacier, giving the icebergs here a marbled effect. Beautiful!
[Edit: Someone just asked me why the ice is so blue. I had no clue, But Wiki came to the rescue:
Blue ice occurs when snow falls on a glacier, is compressed, and becomes part of a glacier that winds its way toward a body of water (river, lake, ocean, etc.). During its travels, air bubbles that are trapped in the ice are squeezed out, and the size of the ice crystals increases, making it clear.
The blue color is often wrongly attributed to Rayleigh scattering. Rather, ice is blue for the same reason water is blue: it is a result of an overtone of an oxygen-hydrogen (O-H) bond stretch in water which absorbs light at the red end of the visible spectrum]
Looking over Glacier Lagoon. Two James Bond movies have been filmed here, as well as Tomb Raider and Batman Begins.
Just like at Timmies: Posin' with an Ice Cap. :)
We spent such a long time here, just staring in wonder at these mini-icebergs!
On our way up to yet another one of the glaciers that runs off Vatnajokull. There are tons of them all along the south shore of Iceland. You can see another one off to the left.
Close-up of the glacier. Just to give you an idea of how gigantic it is, those dots in the middle of the picture are ice climbers
A taste of Iceland...
Riding away from our own private glacier lagoon
Mossy terrain on the ride to Vik
This blog and more are continued at http://www.ridedot.com/iceland
|12-04-2011, 01:04 PM||#2|
Joined: Dec 2007
Excellent pics and I've had a look at your website too. Only problem is I'll have to spend the next few evenings reading it.
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|12-04-2011, 01:21 PM||#3|
me specie in dea ist
Joined: Feb 2011
Location: The frosted tundra of Island aka Iceland
Hope you did enjoy.
Your stay in Island aka Iceland.
So Close Yet So Far.
McFury sending and spreeding out gas fumes inn Islandic Highlands.
What´s you gonna do when they come for you.
Whats next ? Man walking on the moon ?.
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|12-04-2011, 07:59 PM||#4|
Joined: Sep 2011
Great write-up and fantastic photographs, thanks for sharing them with the rest of us. I will be enjoying your blog for the next few weeks!
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