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Iceland Photos
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Laurie says:

Here are some more of my "snapshots" from Iceland.

The first 2 photos were taken at Þingvellir. I was walking on the rift valley and seeing the continental drift.  It's a remarkable feeling to be between the plates. Seeing the rifts and deep crevasses has a surreal quality.

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It is the site of a rift valley that marks the crest of the Mid-Atlantic Ridge. It is also home to Þingvallavatn, the largest natural lake in Iceland. (The language is closely related to old Norse and has it's own letters and symbols.)  I worked really hard to prononce names properly and often failed.

The continental drift between the North American and Eurasian Plates can be clearly seen in the cracks or faults which traverse the region, the biggest one, Almannagjá, being a veritable canyon. This also causes the often-measurable earthquakes in the area.... The continental drift between the North American and Eurasian Plates can be clearly seen in the cracks or faults which traverse the region, the biggest one, Almannagjá, being a veritable canyon. This also causes the often-measurable earthquakes in the area.

It was the meeting place for the Icelandic parliament for hundreds of years starting in 930 AD.

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Öxarárfoss is a waterfall in Þingvellir National Park, Iceland. It flows from the river Öxará. The base of the waterfall is filled with rocks. The sound of the water on the rocks and it's spray fills the air.

This is Hallgrímskirkja a magnificent church in Reykjavík that was built between between 1938 and 1975. ( It's 244' high. )  It was designed to resemble the lava flows in Iceland's landscape.

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Serendipitously, my hotel was very close and the cathedral loomed above me every time I went out. And it became a landmark for home wherever I was in Reykjavík, as it sits on the tallest hill

Reviewing the photos are filling my eyes with Iceland again.

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Lovely photos, thank you for sharing.

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