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Gluggafoss (also known as Merkjárfoss)
Gluggafoss (also known as Merkjárfoss) The Merkjá River has several beautiful waterfalls, but the most outstanding is Gluggafoss or Window Falls. (also known as Merkjárfoss) The upper half of the cliff is palagonite or tuff rock and the lower ledge is basalt. The river has formed tunnels and grooves through the soft rock and a series of 'windows' in the tunnels, thereby earning the name 'Gluggafoss'. At the very top of the falls, the river passes under a stone arch. As the rock is rather soft, the waterfall has changed over time. Around 1947 the upper half of the waterfall could hardly be seen, as the water flowed into a vertical tunnel behind the cliff. It was only visible through three different openings or 'windows' one above the other. The water came out through the bottom 'window', forming a beautiful arch, except when the water rose in the river, forcing it through all three windows. Further changes occurred when Hekla erupted in 1947, causing a 20 cm thick layer of volcanic ash to be carried downstream by the river. The vertical tunnel formation nearly disappeared as it filled with ash. It has taken nearly 50 years for the falls to return to its former glory. The Merkjá falls down a cliff that formed part of the Icelandic coast just after the last ice age.
Hofskirkja Turf Church in Öræfi in South-East Iceland
Hofskirkja Turf Church in Öræfi in South-East Iceland Hofskirkja church is a beautiful turf church in the Öræfi region in South-East Iceland. There are only 6 turf churches remaining in Iceland and Hofskirkja is the last of the old churches to be built in this beautiful turf style. The Church was built in 1884. Its pointed roof stretches all the way down to the ground. So, the two can be easily mistaken, as the entire surface of the roof is covered in grass. The church is made of wood. Everything from the windows to doors and the foundation of the building is made of wood. However, the roof was built using stone slabs and covered with grass. This was an usual style of Icelandic architecture; one of the best methods of keeping the warmth inside during winter. This way, the church was warm place to be for perishers. Hofskirkja Church is the last grass roof church standing in Iceland.
Hlíðarvatn in Ice and snow
Hlíðarvatn in Ice and snow Hliðarvatn is a good fishing lake on the Reykjanes Peninsula
Hlíðarvatn in Ice and snow
Hlíðarvatn in Ice and snow Hliðarvatn is a good fishing lake on the Reykjanes Peninsula
Gilsfjörður, Westfjords, Iceland.
Gilsfjörður, Westfjords, Iceland. Gilsfjörður, Westfjords, Iceland. Gilsfjörður is a fjord within Westfjords and is nearby to Nónsker, Króksfjarðarmúli and Garpsdalsfjall.
Vaðalfjöll Mountain at Westfjords, in Iceland
Vaðalfjöll Mountain at Westfjords, in Iceland Vaðalfjöll mountain with its two distinctive tops of volcanic basalt plugs just behind Bjarkalundur
Twilight in the Sprengisandur Highlands of Iceland
Twilight in the Sprengisandur Highlands of Iceland Sprengisandur is an ancient pass - during the time of the Icelandic Free State (ca. 930–1265) it was one of the several important north-south routes that connected remote regions of the island to the Plains of the Parliament, Þingvellir, where the yearly parliament, Alþingi, was held each year at midsummer. In the sagas of Icelanders it is often called simply Sandr "Sand" or Sandleið, "Sand trail". At its southern end, it was joined with another such route, Fjallabaksvegur nyrðri, running west from Landmannalaugar mountain hot springs area.
Kerlingarfjöll Highland Resort
Kerlingarfjöll Highland Resort Kerlingarfjöll are one of the natural pearls of Iceland, located in the highlands, between the Glaciers Hofsjökull and Langjökull. The Kerlingarfjöll area, being area of approx. 100 KM2 is a mountain cluster, rising 500 - 700 M above the surrounding central highlands plains. The mountains are standing on a large system of calderas, which was active some 70.000 - 300.000 years ago. The area can be described as a cluster of rugged mountains with steep hills and sharp lines, that due to their age have not been affected by the eroding forces of the nature. Within the mountain cluster there are geothermal areas that are amongst the larger in Iceland. Rhyolite and obsidian are types of rocks that characterize the appearance of some of the mountains, making the area extremely colourful and heaven for those who wish to hike or spend their time in landscape not frequently seen elsewhere.
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©RafnSig-3508 "Karl" The Rock in Kirkjuvogsbás. Reykjanes. Iceland
Hlíðarvatn in Ice and snow
Hlíðarvatn in Ice and snow Hliðarvatn is a good fishing lake on the Reykjanes Peninsula