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We were very fortunate to take a three day trip to Iceland last weekend and even more fortunate to see everything we had hoped for including Whales, Northern Lights, Erupting Geysers and Gulfoss Waterfall. So having been blessed with seeing everything we thought we should share!
Something we learned as we travelled to the top of the mountains at midnight in sub zero temperatures is that the human eye cannot see the colours of the Northern Lights, or to give them their proper name Aurora Borealis. The human eye only sees what looks like hazy white cloud. So on the night we were there most of the 300 fellow travellers who booked on the same trip were a little bit disappointed. The colours apparently only appear in-camera, whether that be digital still or movie or good old fashioned film. To get these images took exposure times of around 40 seconds and as is so often the case the best opportunity came just before we were due to leave. By then I resembled an ice block whilst my better half was snuggled up in the warmth of the Coach.
It was pitch black up on the mountain so the view of the night sky was immense. We have never seen so many stars.
We took a specialised boat trip out to sea and quickly found three Minke Whales feeding. These creatures grow to about 22 feet in length and weigh up to about 14 ton. Unlike the Humpback Whale, which dives vertically and shows the fluke the Minke slides through the water in a graceful arc so what you see is what is captured here. Alongside the boat we also caught sight of Harbor Porpoises, however they were so quick it proved impossible to capture their photograph.
A truly awesome spectacle. We were warned not to get too close, never put your hand in the water and do not touch the rocks! Standing close to a boiling cauldron heated from inside the earth and watching it explode was just immense. The smell of sulphur leaves something to be desired though.
MOUNTAINS OF ICE
80 tons of water a second run over this most impressive waterfall. Health and Safety hasn’t caught on much in Iceland yet! A few people have stepped too close and ended up disappearing in the Falls, never to be seen again.
THE ICELANDIC OLD PARLIAMENT
Situated in what is now a National Park this is where the old Vikings would assemble. The Drowning Pool is where they got rid of the women who didn’t carry out their duties. They were tied in a sack and dragged under water. For the men it was either heads off or hanging. Such a pleasant lifestyle!
RANDOM ICELAND IMAGES