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Iceland

Iceland

Reykjavik skyline.

Reykjavik skyline.

Landing at Keflavik International Airport, Alena and I couldn’t see much of anything out of the window. As is typical in Iceland, dense fog hangs around during the morning hours and lifts later in the day. Riding from the airport to Reykjavik, we were finally able to get a clear view of the landscape. In all directions there were vast lava fields with volcanic mountains in the distance. Throughout our travels in Iceland the landscape remained much the same. There was little doubt we were on a recently formed volcanic island straddling the mid-Atlantic rife where the North American and Euro-Asian tectonic plates are violently pulling the earth’s crust apart.

The following pictures are a few of the ones we took while explored the capital city and the more remote parts of the island. Needless to say, Iceland is a wild and amazing place that impressed both of us.

On their last day of high school students go around town dressed in costumes, drinking, smoking and generally making mischief. This group attacked me down by the harbor.

On their last day of high school students go around town dressed in costumes, drinking, smoking and generally making mischief. This group attacked me down by the harbor.

Legend has it that elves live in certain Icelandic rocks. An elf living in this one started following us everywhere we went.

Legend has it that elves live in certain Icelandic rocks. An elf living in this one started following us everywhere we went.

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They pulled this fishing boat into dry-dock in one day and started painting its hull.

They pulled this fishing boat into dry-dock in one day and started painting its hull.

The crew told us they were sailing the waters near Iceland studying the effect climate change has had on ocean currents.

The crew told us they were sailing the waters near Iceland studying the effect climate change has had on ocean currents.

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Icelandic parliament building in Reykjavik.

Icelandic parliament building in Reykjavik.

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Purebred Icelandic horse.

Purebred Icelandic horse.

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In our quest to find puffins we stopped at every location where there had been reported sightings. This one proved to be a bust, but the coffee was good.

In our quest to find puffins we stopped at every location where there had been reported sightings. This one proved to be a bust, but the coffee was good.

Iceland is blessed with many dramatic and powerful waterfalls.

Iceland is blessed with many dramatic and powerful waterfalls.

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Around the world black sand beaches are a rarity. In Iceland black sand beaches are the only kind.

Around the world black sand beaches are a rarity. In Iceland black sand beaches are the only kind.

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In the distance is a huge volcanic crater.

In the distance is a huge volcanic crater.

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Moss covered lava.

Moss covered lava.

Alena doing her part to prevent continental drift.

Alena doing her part to prevent continental drift.

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Best hot springs were the mineral baths at Myvatn.

Best hot springs were the mineral baths at Myvatn.

The negative edge hot pool in Husavik gives the impression Alena is swimming in the frigid Arctic Ocean.

The negative edge hot pool in Husavik gives the impression Alena is swimming in the frigid Arctic Ocean.

Beer served pool side at the the Blue Lagoon, life doesn’t get much better than that.

Beer served pool side at the the Blue Lagoon, life doesn’t get much better than that.

Story telling is a significant part of the Icelandic culture. This delightful woman told stories and sang traditional Icelandic songs.

Story telling is a significant part of the Icelandic culture. This delightful woman told stories and sang traditional Icelandic songs.

The little town of Vik along the southern coast is host to a large colony of Puffins. They were too small to get any good shots with my iPhone camera.

The little town of Vik along the southern coast is host to a large colony of Puffins. They were too small to get any good shots with my iPhone camera.

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Harbor full of boats in Husavik.

Harbor full of boats in Husavik.

Nightly fog rolling in to a northeastern coastal town we visited. By morning we couldn’t see anything that was more than a couple hundred feet away.

Nightly fog rolling in to a northeastern coastal town we visited. By morning we couldn’t see anything that was more than a couple hundred feet away.

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Terminus of a vast glacier.

Terminus of a vast glacier.

A rescue buoy to save the life of someone foolish enough to take a swim in a glacial lake.

A rescue buoy to save the life of someone foolish enough to take a swim in a glacial lake.

Icebergs floating in a glacial lake.

Icebergs floating in a glacial lake.

In the distance are two glaciers flowing toward the bay.

In the distance are two glaciers flowing toward the bay.

Diamond Beach where large clear ice crystals rest on the black sand.

Diamond Beach where large clear ice crystals rest on the black sand.

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Traditional Icelandic sod houses.

Traditional Icelandic sod houses.

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I pleaded with the proprietor of a motorcycle museum in Akureyri to let me take that yellow Norton for a spin. All I got in response was a “you got to be kidding” blank stare.

I pleaded with the proprietor of a motorcycle museum in Akureyri to let me take that yellow Norton for a spin. All I got in response was a “you got to be kidding” blank stare.

Norway

Norway

LA Marathon

LA Marathon