Some pictures from our Iceland holiday

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    Picture Some pictures from our Iceland holiday

    We stayed in the town of Kopavogur which is directly next to Reykjavik. The main landmark in Kopavogur is the church Hamraborg:

    By balrog747, shot with E-510 at 2008-07-04

    From the hill of Hamraborg one has a great view of Reykjavik. Here is one of Reykjavik's landmarks the Perlan - it houses the Saga-museum in one of the tanks - the others are used to store spring water which is used to supply Reykjavik:

    By balrog747, shot with E-510 at 2008-07-04

    This building (in Reykjavik) was used by Reagan and Gorbatchev during their first meet in the 1980s in the Reykjavik summit.

    By balrog747, shot with E-510 at 2008-07-04

    This is the oldest house in Reykjavik (I think it was from the 1300's?)

    By balrog747, shot with E-510 at 2008-07-04

    Here's a view from one of Reykjavik's central squares:

    By balrog747, shot with E-510 at 2008-07-04

    The city center has a large pond where numerous birds wait to be fed

    By balrog747, shot with E-510 at 2008-07-04


    By balrog747, shot with E-510 at 2008-07-04

    A statue of Leif Ericsson

    By balrog747, shot with E-510 at 2008-07-04

    Next day: whale watching - here's Jasmine in the harbour:

    By Balrog747 at 2008-07-04

    Here's me in the harbour:

    By balrog747, shot with E-510 at 2008-07-04


    By balrog747, shot with E-510 at 2008-07-04

    We saw a lot of whales, but not many pics came out right Here's a Humpbackwhale

    By balrog747, shot with E-510 at 2008-07-04

    Next day sightseeing by car:

    By balrog747, shot with E-510 at 2008-07-04


    By balrog747, shot with E-510 at 2008-07-04

    The famous Gullfoss fall

    By balrog747, shot with E-510 at 2008-07-04


    By balrog747, shot with E-510 at 2008-07-04


    By balrog747, shot with E-510 at 2008-07-04

    In iceland geysirs aren't called geysir, because Iceland is the home of the geysir called Geysir. Unfortunately Geysir can only been seen in action after an earthquake. Right next to Geysir is Stokkur which errupts every 5-6 minutes (and is about 1/3rd of the size of Geysir!!!).
    Unique for Stokkur is the bulp rises and explodes:

    By balrog747, shot with E-510 at 2008-07-04


    By balrog747, shot with E-510 at 2008-07-04

    Only the main road N1 is completely tarmac. Even main roads can quikly turn into gravell tracks like these

    By balrog747, shot with E-510 at 2008-07-04

    In Pingvellir the European tectonic plate meets the American. Besides this is the place where in ancient days the Islandic parliament met.

    By balrog747, shot with E-510 at 2008-07-04


    By balrog747, shot with E-510 at 2008-07-04

    Next day - this is Hekla, Iceland's most famous volcano

    By balrog747, shot with E-510 at 2008-07-04

    This is the oldest known house in Iceland - built by the vikings it was inhabited untill the 1940s

    By balrog747, shot with E-510 at 2008-07-04

    The white part was added in the last century:

    By balrog747, shot with E-510 at 2008-07-04

    This fall could be passed behind the water

    By balrog747, shot with E-510 at 2008-07-04


    By balrog747, shot with E-510 at 2008-07-04

    We climbed upto the top of this fall (75m)

    By balrog747, shot with E-510 at 2008-07-04

    Here's some road works on the main road (N1). Note that no one really minds his side of the road Our car would almost keep stuck.

    By balrog747, shot with E-510 at 2008-07-04

    Next day: this house was rebuilt according to original plans/assumptions in the early 2000s. About 25 people would live here

    By balrog747, shot with E-510 at 2008-07-04

    I just wanted to check out the wolfskin and before I knew... well...

    By balrog747, shot with E-510 at 2008-07-04

    Here's the house from the outside:

    By balrog747, shot with E-510 at 2008-07-04

    Next day: riding islandic horses (don't call them ponies!) - don't laugh it's my 2nd time ever on a horse.

    By balrog747, shot with EX-Z110 at 2008-07-04

    Here's Jasmine with her horse

    By balrog747, shot with EX-Z110 at 2008-07-04

    Next stop: the blue lagoon (a must do for every tourist )

    By balrog747, shot with EX-Z110 at 2008-07-04


    By balrog747, shot with EX-Z110 at 2008-07-04

    Last shot - this one was taken at midnight!

    By balrog747, shot with E-510 at 2008-07-04

    Last edited by Micha; July 6th, 2008 at 12:40.
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    Re: Some pictures from our Iceland holiday

    WOW ... great shots and beautiful place.
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    Re: Some pictures from our Iceland holiday

    Really nice and interesting pics

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    Re: Some pictures from our Iceland holiday

    Greatshots of a spectacular Country Micha. Thanks for sharing.

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    Re: Some pictures from our Iceland holiday

    Thanks much Micha, I enjoyed looking at your great pics! I have Iceland on my wishlist. What season would be best to go and visit?
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    Re: Some pictures from our Iceland holiday

    The housing technology of the Viking house is very interesting. It's very similar to an American Plains sod house but more substantial, wider walls, and a lower roof. I wonder if it is representative or if this one survived because it was so overbuilt.

    Or maybe the winters are harsher in Iceland and this level is necessary for something that has limited heat sources... hummmm... I find that hard to believe as winter can be very harsh on the Plains.

    Anyway, thank you for sharing it with us. You bring us fun!
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    Re: Some pictures from our Iceland holiday

    Quote Originally Posted by Watchuseek Admin View Post
    Thanks much Micha, I enjoyed looking at your great pics! I have Iceland on my wishlist. What season would be best to go and visit?
    THE season would be in July or August - that's when most people come to Iceland. May, June or September would be ok too, but chances of poor weather are larger. It never gets really warm though - from June till August temperatures are around 12-15°C - in May or September expect around 8°C. There's almost always a chilly wind, so good clothing (we got ourselves some good trekking coats from Jack Wolfskin) is a must. (You'll let the locals know that you're a tourist by doing so - most of them will be wearing shorts and T-shirts during July and August ). Weather is always unstable - it can change from sun to rain and back within minutes. There was snow on the east side of the island while we were in Reykjavik (on the west side)
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    Re: Some pictures from our Iceland holiday

    Quote Originally Posted by Eeeb View Post
    The housing technology of the Viking house is very interesting. It's very similar to an American Plains sod house but more substantial, wider walls, and a lower roof. I wonder if it is representative or if this one survived because it was so overbuilt.

    Or maybe the winters are harsher in Iceland and this level is necessary for something that has limited heat sources... hummmm... I find that hard to believe as winter can be very harsh on the Plains.

    Anyway, thank you for sharing it with us. You bring us fun!
    This is the only house known to have survived. Houses in the viking days were built with wood that was flooded ashore as Iceland no longer has natural trees. As the Vikings lived kinda nomadic, houses were easily removeable - they would take the wood with them. This is the main reason why no other houses survived. Houses were also built for limited heat sources as everything that would burn was limited on Iceland. Often they would burn fat from animals (imagine the good smell )
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    Re: Some pictures from our Iceland holiday

    Thanks for the followup!!
    "Forever is composed of nows." - Emily Dickinson

    "The watch has to be surrounded by a history.
    You need more than just a great design. You need to create an atmosphere around the product.
    Who is the company behind it? Why are they using this material?
    People need to be able to identify the watch with themselves. It's based on emotion." - Ralph Furter

    ...that's just my opinion and I've been wrong before and will be again and might be now!

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    Thank you

    What a beautiful country!

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