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  • Örfirisey island at the edge of Reykjavík - 3Iceland

    Örfirisey island at the edge of Reykjavík - 3Iceland

    Örfirisey (also known as Örfirsey and formerly Örfærisey, Öffursey, Örfursey and Effirsey) is a former örfirisey at Kollafjörður, which has now been connected with landfill with the mainland of Reykjavík. The area is counted as Westurbæ. Previously, Örfirisey was a merchant's residence. The Faroese surname Effersöe is derived from the name Örfiriseyjar. The north-west corner of the island / ness is called Reykjanes. Earlier, cultivated grains and seals were caught and sold in Örfirisey. In Oddgeirsmáldaga since the year 1379, it is stipulated that the Church of Jónskirkja in Vík has a national identity (one seal, ie about 100 kg of seed) and sealers in Örfirisey. Örfirisey was previously called Effersey. There was an independent farm from about 1500 to 1861 when the settlement settled there. The Grandhólma shopping north of the island was moved there in the 17th century. They were then moved to Reykjavík in 1780. In 1835, Örfirisey became part of the Reykjavík jurisdiction, and in 1906 the city acquired the island. The harbor yard was erected when the Reykjavík harbor was built
  • Prestahnúkur in the Highlands - #Iceland

    Prestahnúkur in the Highlands - #Iceland

    Langjökull is the second largest ice cap in Iceland (953 km2), after Vatnajökull. It is situated in the west of the Icelandic interior or Highlands of Iceland and can be seen clearly from Haukadalur. Its volume is 195 km³ and the ice is up to 580 m (1,900 ft) thick. The highest point of the ice cap (at Baldjökull at the northern end of Langjökull) is about 1,450 m (4,760 ft) above sea level. In the past, the largest recorded surface area was in 1840 A number of outlet glaciers reach down from Langjökull to the valleys and plains below. These include Norður- and Suðurjökull to the east; Vestri- and Eystri-Hagafellsjökull at the southern end of Langjökull which are separated by the mountain Hagafell; and Þrístapajökull to the west. Geitlandsjökull (1395m) is an outpost to the southwest, a glacier covering a tuya which is connected to Langjökull. Research shows that the outlet glaciers Norður- and Suðurjökull reached as far as lake Hvítárvatn until about 1900 but have retreated rapidly since then
  • Empetrum on the Lava Moss at Herdísarvíkurhraun #Iceland

    Empetrum on the Lava Moss at Herdísarvíkurhraun #Iceland

    Empetrum is a genus of three species of dwarf evergreen shrubs in the heath family Ericaceae. They are commonly known as crowberries and bear edible fruit. They are commonly found in the northern hemisphere, from temperate to subarctic climates. The vitamin content of crowberries is low, as is also the concentration of volatile liquids, the lack of which makes them almost odorless. The acidity is lower than is typically encountered in forest berries. Mosses are small flowerless plants that typically grow in dense green clumps or mats, often in damp or shady locations. The individual plants are usually composed of simple leaves that are generally only one cell thick, attached to a stem that may be branched or unbranched and has only a limited role in conducting water and nutrients. Although some species have conducting tissues, these are generally poorly developed and structurally different from similar tissue found in vascular plants. Mosses do not have seeds and after fertilisation develop sporophytes with unbranched stalks topped with single capsules containing spores. They are typically 0.2–10 cm (0.1–3.9 in) tall, though some species are much larger. Dawsonia, the tallest moss in the world, can grow to 50 cm (20 in) in height. Mosses are commonly confused with lichens, hornworts, and liverworts. Lichens may superficially look like mosses, and have common names that include the word "moss" (e.g., "reindeer moss" or "iceland moss"), but are not related to mosses. Mosses used to be grouped together with the hornworts and liverworts as "non-vascular" plants in the former division "bryophytes", all of them having the haploid gametophyte generation as the dominant phase of the life cycle. This contrasts with the pattern in all vascular plants (seed plants and pteridophytes), where the diploid sporophyte generation is dominant. Mosses are now classified on their own as the division Bryophyta. There are approximately 12,000 species The main commercial significan
  • Empetrum on the Lava Moss at Herdísarvíkurhraun #Iceland

    Empetrum on the Lava Moss at Herdísarvíkurhraun #Iceland

    Empetrum is a genus of three species of dwarf evergreen shrubs in the heath family Ericaceae. They are commonly known as crowberries and bear edible fruit. They are commonly found in the northern hemisphere, from temperate to subarctic climates. The vitamin content of crowberries is low, as is also the concentration of volatile liquids, the lack of which makes them almost odorless. The acidity is lower than is typically encountered in forest berries. Mosses are small flowerless plants that typically grow in dense green clumps or mats, often in damp or shady locations. The individual plants are usually composed of simple leaves that are generally only one cell thick, attached to a stem that may be branched or unbranched and has only a limited role in conducting water and nutrients. Although some species have conducting tissues, these are generally poorly developed and structurally different from similar tissue found in vascular plants. Mosses do not have seeds and after fertilisation develop sporophytes with unbranched stalks topped with single capsules containing spores. They are typically 0.2–10 cm (0.1–3.9 in) tall, though some species are much larger. Dawsonia, the tallest moss in the world, can grow to 50 cm (20 in) in height. Mosses are commonly confused with lichens, hornworts, and liverworts. Lichens may superficially look like mosses, and have common names that include the word "moss" (e.g., "reindeer moss" or "iceland moss"), but are not related to mosses. Mosses used to be grouped together with the hornworts and liverworts as "non-vascular" plants in the former division "bryophytes", all of them having the haploid gametophyte generation as the dominant phase of the life cycle. This contrasts with the pattern in all vascular plants (seed plants and pteridophytes), where the diploid sporophyte generation is dominant. Mosses are now classified on their own as the division Bryophyta. There are approximately 12,000 species The main commercial significan
  • Going through Dómadalur highlands late evening - #Iceland

    Going through Dómadalur highlands late evening - #Iceland

    A valley at the west side of lava Dómadalshraun. It has a small lake with brown-trout in it. F225, Dómadalsleið lies through it. Supposingly this was the meeting-point for people from two counties in the flatland, where strong rivers separated them (dómur=judgement).
  • Lónsöræfi is a wilderness area in south-east Iceland. The reg

    Lónsöræfi is a wilderness area in south-east Iceland. The reg

    Lónsöræfi is a wilderness area in south-east Iceland. The region is characterised by its varied geological formations. These mostly date from a period 5-7 million years ago when the volcano Kollumúlaeldstöðvar was active The glacier tongues of the eastern extreme of Vatnajökull also impose themselves on the area. Visible to the north-west is Snæfell (1833m), the highest peak in Iceland that isn't part of a glacier. The mountains within the area itself include Sauðhamarstindur (1319m) and Jökulgilstindar (1313 m).
  • Cabin piss hole at Jökulheimar in the Highlands - #Iceland

    Cabin piss hole at Jökulheimar in the Highlands - #Iceland

    In the middle of nowhere. A black sand desert in the highlands, this is a good place to "get away from it all" - the silence is total, unbroken even by bird calls. Jökulheimar, or home of glaciers is next to Botnaver and is in the lower part of the Tungná River on the edge of the Tungná Glacier. The road there goes from Veiðivötn to Vatnaaldar east of Mt. Ljósa up to the Glacier Research Society lodge. The area of Jokulheimar is quite barren and scarce growth can be found there but it is quite impressive as well, as the gravelly and lapid tracts are surrounded by various craters, pillow lava and glacier-carved tuff cliffs.
  • Kerlingarfjöll Geothermal area in the Highlands - #Iceland

    Kerlingarfjöll Geothermal area in the Highlands - #Iceland

    Kerlingarfjöll (1,477 m (4,846 ft)) is a mountain range in Iceland situated in the Highlands of Iceland near the Kjölur highland road. The volcanic origin of these mountains is evidenced by the numerous hot springs and rivulets in the area. And indeed, they are part of a large volcano system of 100km² (38.6 square mile). The volcanoes of the range are tuyas. The earth is shimmering red in this area because of the volcanic rhyolite stone the mountains are composed of. Minerals that have emerged from the hot springs also color the ground yellow, red and green.
  • Núpsvötn river

    Núpsvötn river

    Abstract in the river Núpsvötn. Westernmost at Skeiðarársandur, Núpsvötn lakes are to be found. They are nourished by the rock stream Núpsá and the glacier river Súla. Súla flows down from the edge of Skeiðarárjökull glacier, at the corner of Eystrafjall mountain. The rivers merge into one river-bed some way above the bridge over Núpsvötn. When the main road was laid in 1974 both of the rivers were hindered with levees. In the first part of the 20th century, Súla-debacles from the lagoon Grænalón were massive, around 5-10 thousand m³/sec, and when Grænalón emptied the water level lowered about 150-200 m. These days it will only lower about 20 m and the quantity of water will peak at approx. 2000 m³/sec.
  • At the Edge of Glacier Vatnajökull

    At the Edge of Glacier Vatnajökull

    At the Edge of an Glacier Vatnajökull – Jökulsárlón – South - Iceland

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