Posts Tagged ‘Suðurland

11
Jul
17

Bubbles

Bubbles

June 2017, hot springs at Hveravellir, Kjölur Plateau

10
Jul
17

Miðhálendið

Miðhálendið

Miðhálendið is the Icelandic name for their highlands.

June 2017, Kjölur Plateau

08
Jul
17

The (not so) Golden Fall

The (not so) Golden Fall

June 2017, Gullfoss

07
Jul
17

Histrionics

Histrionics

The title of this post comes not from the behaviour (they were very placid), but from the Latin name of the duck – Histrionicus histrionicus.

June 2017, Harlequin Duck / Kragenente, Þingvellir

06
Jul
17

The Drowning Pool

The Drowning Pool

Þingvellir was a place where laws were made, but also a place of trials and ultimately of executions. While men were beheaded, hanged or staked, women were drowned. In the drowning pool called Drekkingarhylur at least 18 women died during the 17th and 18th century, as far as I understood mostly for being pregnant out of wedlock.

June 2017, Drekkingarhylur, Þingvellir

05
Jul
17

Þingvellir

Of course I’d visit the only publicly accessible UNESCO World Heritage Site in Iceland. The national parc is a must-see for visitors, but since is was raining (at the end of the day my underwear was wet…) it wasn’t too crowded.

Þingvellir

On the left you can see the rift one can walk through (most of the others in the area are filled with water, we even saw scuba divers). On the left of the photo is the North American, on the right the Eurasian tectonic plate. The river running through the photo is the Silfra fissure.

And in case you’re interested – the other UNESCO World Heritage Site in Iceland is Surtsey – Surtr’s island. In Norse mythology Surtr is a fire giant. The island is a restricted area, where only a few scientists each year are allowed to visit. They study the colonisation from plants arriving from outside and have to subject to strict rules to avoid contamination.

June 2017, Þingvellir




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