Over the last few weeks I have not let the inclement weather stop me taking pictures. This week the combination of work, projects being photoshop related and the torrential rain have kept me inside. I thought I’d use this opportunity to post some old photos taken before I started studying photography. These shots are all from a day trip I took on my holiday to Iceland last October.
Iceland is one of the ‘newest’ land formations on earth and is still very geologically active with hot springs and volcanoes everywhere. This is clearly evident as you drive around, the landscape has an almost otherworldly feel. The Icelanders have successfully harnessed the hot springs to provide clean, geothermal energy; this is evident the minute you turn the shower on as the smell of sulphur can instantly be smelt. Cars contribute practically the only emissions and this leads the air to have a heady, pure quality.
The first stop on the trip was to a farm an hour’s journey outside of Reykjavik. Farms take the form of greenhouses that allow the farmers to create artificially warm and/or humid conditions – we were told that outside of the Caribbean Iceland is the world’s biggest producer of Bananas! The farm we visited grew predominantly tomatoes and we had a pleasant tour hosted by the owner.
The next stop was Haukadalur valley, home of the world famous Geysir. This water spout was visited by Victorian explorers from Scotland. They documented this phenomena and it is after this example that all geysers are named. Earthquakes through the 20th and 21st Century have altered the frequency of Geysers eruptions and, after a dormant period, it is again a daily occurrence. Geysir’s smaller neighbour, Stroker (the butter churn), is now the main attraction blowing every 5-10 minutes
The next stop was Gullfoss falls (Golden falls). This is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Iceland. We are fortunate to still have this treasure as there were plans to dam this for use as part of a hydroelectric solution. The dogged lobbying of the owner’s daughter was one of the key factors. The falls are awe-inspiring and I was treated to a rainbow, of which Iceland’s rain ensures are plentiful.
The final stop of the day was at Þingvellir which holds two exciting reasons as a destination. Firstly it is on the boundary between the American and Eurasian tectonic plates. A void between the two create a plain several kilometres wide bounded by sheer rock formations. The Viking settlers of Iceland used this stone to hold their parliament, the first of modern times. When Iceland became an independent state it was here that it was celebrated.
I loved my trip to Iceland and would recommend to anyone. Thanks for stopping by and I hope you enjoyed my pictures.