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41. Landscapes near Jokulsa river and Hljodaklettar 62. Icebergs trapped in Jokulsarlon Lagoon in front of the southern edge of the Vatnajokull glaciers
42. Cubic-shaped stones seen during desolate rocky walk toward Dettifoss ("foss" means waterfall) 63. Vatnajokull Glaciers, Jokulsarlon Lagoon; I arrived back at the Radisson Hotel in Reykjavik at 2:30 a.m. and collapsed
43. Dettifoss; small size of people across the falls; largest-volume waterfall in Europe 64. Day 4: Pingvellir; prime minister summer home; Pingvallavatn (vatn means body of water or lake)
44. Selfoss (falls), a short walk South from Dettifoss; hexagonal columnar landscape 65. Surroundings of the first "logberg," or Law Rock, where laws recited once/year during pre-Christian times; amidst deep fissures
45. Egilsstadir, inland eastern Iceland, mildest/warmest spot; forests of Hallormsstadur surround Logurinn (lake); largest (partially natural) forests of Iceland 66. One of the long parallel fissures; part of the geological boundary between Europe and North America
46. Steep drive east of Egilsstadur down to town of Seydisfjordur in fjord 67. Driving toward a rhyolite hill east from Pingvellir area toward Geysir
47. Town of Seydisfjordur on eastern Iceland coastal fjord ("the Eastfjords" region) 68. Famous geyser named Geysir, from which we originally derived the word "geyser;" Geysir no longer blows due to rocks thrown down it
48. One of 19 waterfalls visible along the valley drive into our out of Seydisfjordur 69. Strokkur, a geyser a short walk from Geysir; blows faithfully every 8-12 minutes in two large bursts
49. Trip SE from Egilsstadir to fjords of eastern Iceland ("The Eastfjords") 70. Another view of Strokkur, this time closer to highest reach; other volcanic vents and pools smelled of sulfur
50. Reydarfjordur, small town in the fjords of eastern Iceland 71. A geothermal pool and spring, warm to the touch, quivering in the winds of a very blustery chilly day
51. Faskrudsfjordur, another small town on a fjord that shares its name 72. One of many sheep in Iceland; I missed a chance at a picture of three sheep standing stoutly on one rock two days earlier
52. Another beautiful fjord in eastern Iceland; some rare sunshine on the southern coast 73. Viewing westward toward Pingvellir and Pingvallavatn on return from Geysir; notice the clear rift separating Europe and North America
53. Town of Stodvarfjordur on fjord of the same name, eastern Iceland 74. The Perlan ("Pearl"), housing Saga Museum; surrounded by parkland, a geothermal beach, and two sides of Reykjavik
54. Breiddalsvik, small town in the fjords of eastern Iceland 75. Sculptures by Icelandic sculptors inside The Perlan
55. The shop of Steinasafn Petru ("Petra"), who collects thousands of semi-precious rocks she has found all over Iceland; but the only pieces for sale are the sort you can find in many tourist shops 76. Part of Reykjavik as viewed from the boardwalk outside the domed top of The Perlan
56. Feels like the edge of the Earth; unconsolidated terrain; driving the Hvalnes coastline, southeastern Iceland 77. Monument/sculpture near The Perlan
57. Low clouds and arms of fog occasionally were probing the Hvalnes coastline during the drive 78. Urban mosaic in Reykjavik
58. One of many vast dark flats that alternate with steep ridges along the southern Iceland coastline 79. Day 5: Asmundursafn museum in Reykjavik; sculptures of Asmundur Sveinsson inside and outside on the grounds
59. More rhyolite hills along southern Iceland coast 80. Interior of the Asmundursafn museum
60. First sign of the glaciers of the large Vatnajokull ice cap 81. Flying out of Reykjavik; sight of Snaefellsnes Peninsula and Snaefellsjokull, the volcano/glacier location where travelers began a journey to the center of the Earth in Jules Verne's famous book
61. Blue icebergs in the Jokulsarlon Lagoon (would be bluer if the day had not been cloudy); a particular density in ice can cause a blue tint    


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