Iceland Sports & Outdoors

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Iceland Sports & Outdoors

  • Snorkelling in the Silfra

    Not only can you walk through the rift of the American and Eurasian tectonic plates in the Þingvellir National Park, you can also snorkel through it!We were a small group of 5 that met up on a rather gloomy and rainy day in Þingvellir for the afternoon snorkelling outing. The first adventure was to squeeze into the different suits we needed to wear...

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  • Kayaking in a fjord

    Less than a hour north of Reykjavik is the lovely Hvalfjörður fjord, where we went on a very easy-going kayaking trip. We were lucky with the weather, and it was a sunny day with little wind and calm waters, just right for us kayaking beginners.After we had all been kitted out with suits the guides checked that everyone was ok with their kayaks and...

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  • Horseriding: Husey (Egilsstadir)

    We found this place through a leaflet at the Egilsstadir visitor centre, which advertised seal watching tours on horseback, so we booked a 2-hour ride for the following day. If you want to get away from it all, this is definitely the place to go to. After a long drive on a gravel road you finally arrive at Husey near the river delta. The first to...

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  • Horseriding: Safari Hestar (Myvatn)

    Safari Hestar is a small family-run horse riding business near lake Myvatn. There were 6 people on our 2-hour ride, and care was taken to match everyone with a suitable horse, depending on their riding experience. We had fantastic weather that day, and the scenery around the lake was beautiful. The guide was very good and pointed out lots of...

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  • Horseriding: Eldhestar (Hveragerdi)

    I had booked a 2-day horseriding tour with Eldhestar, which is actually two separate day tours from their base near Hveragerdi. On the first day there was only four of us, all experienced riders, and the ride through fields to a river delta where we had lunch and then back to the farm along the foothills of the mountains. After lunch there were...

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  • Diving Thingvallavatn

    Scuba diving in Iceland?!! Why not?:) There are few dive companies located in Reykjavik, Hafnarjordur, and Selfoss that operate a few diving excursion trips. The diving in Thingvallavatn is supposed to be amazing. There is a lot of wildlife and the visibility is incredible. There is a fissure that you can dive to and some of the companies...

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  • Hiking on the glacier

    I have fear of heights and went hiking on a glacier. If I had known before what we had to do, I would never have gone up the mountain.But I did it and it was amazing. The blue ice, the view on top and walking on spikes. I had a great guide how helped me with the descent. We were not tied together with a rope, but I felt completely safe.Maybe, just...

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  • Go river rafting in Iceland

    A good place to go river rafting. If you go there and have they offer you to jump from the rock , do it. I did it (and I am so afraid of hights) and it was so great.. A towel and some clothes to change.

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  • Heitapottur - Hot tubs and heated pools

    Public geothermal heated baths. The Blue Lagoon is not the only place to soak up in a nice heated pool. Theres public baths all over Iceland. Their website has a nice map-tool for finding their locations, Bring your swimwear no matter what time of year you're visiting.

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  • Laxnes Horse Farm

    Riding Icelandic horses has to be a highlight of any trip. The horses at this friendly farm outside REykjavik are inredibly responsive and easy to ride for people of any age and ability. The trail rdie is easy terrain, but starkly beautiful. The horses can go ask quickly or as slowly as you like and finishing up in the warm farmhouse kitchen with...

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  • Hiking, Trekking, Backpacking...

    Iceland is ideal for hiking, backpacking and trekking. I was only headed to the car in this shot...but we did our share of day hikes and probably covered 15 miles on foot by the time we were done....bring hiking boots and get out there!

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  • Caving, Climbing and Water.

    The Arctic Rafting Company also had another option for me. I drove with them to a place surrounded by rolling hills, waterfalls, and mountains and glaciers. I had to climb up rock walls, swim against strong currents, climb up more walls, and jump down water falls. We gradually made our way up a series of terraced waterfalls that began inside the...

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  • Caving, Climbing and Water.

    The Arctic Rafting Company also had another option for me. I drove with them to a place surrounded by rolling hills, waterfalls, and mountains and glaciers. I had to climb up rock walls, swim against strong currents, climb up more walls, and jump down water falls. We gradually made our way up a series of terraced waterfalls that began inside the...

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  • River Rafting

    I used the Arctic Rafting Company to do some rafting about 2 hours outside of Reykjavik. I got picked up at my hotel and had a blast. The company is run by a group of young guys that will guarantee you a great time. The water was a little cold, but it was great. Games are also played in calm moving water. It was probably the best rafting trip I...

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  • Two days later !

    Two days later, JohnOGroots appears on the horizon ! In the mean time, there has been a short stop if The Feroes where we were lucky to watch a yearly celebration full of colors. Have a look at my Faroe islands page.Now Iceland is over, back to Scotland first and later home !

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  • Later !

    A few kilometers further and half an hour later, Sedisfjordur is now very close and sun is nearly completely gone. That will be the last picture taken in Iceland and more sadly, this is now for real the end of the trip !

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  • Seydisfjordur

    This is the beginning of a sunset not far from Seydisfjordur where we should embark soon on board of the Smyril. We are now very close to the end of this wonderful 3 weeks trip ! You need at least 3 weeks if you want to visit correctly Iceland. Of course, longer is better but in 3 weeks, you can already see a lot !

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  • Single seal

    A single seal watches friendly towards us ! He looks like if he wanted to speak ! This picture was not taken in the wild as previous ones but in the zoo of Reykjavik. It is easier to get close to the animals !

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  • Seals

    This seals colony comprises about 30 animals. Some have gone quite far from the sea, on top of the islet. I would have liked to approach closer them but them but it was impossible and to get this picture, I had to use powerful telelens.

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  • Ducks and seals

    Numerous unidentified ducks swim in the ocean. You willbetter see them if you enlarge the picture. Those which are found the most often are : Mallard (Anas platyrhyncos), Shoveler (Anas clypeata), Pochard (Aythea ferina), Eider (Somateria mollissima), Goldeneye (Bucephala clangula). Look at my travelogue to see some of them. In the background,...

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  • Svinafelljökull

    Svinafelljökull is inside the Skatafell national park. It has the advantage of being a place where everybody can have a close look at the cracks in the ice of a glacier without being equipped for mountain trip..

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  • Breidamerkurjökull, close-up

    Some of the ice packs went ashore. The aspect of their surfaces shows clearly that they are melting fast. This was at the very end of July, the period when snow and ice melt the most. After mi-august, melting will be over and freezing again will resume.

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  • Breidamerkurjökull

    The Breidamerkurjökull released peacefully its ice packs into a lake. There was no wind, which allowed the ice packs to reflect smoothly on the surface of the water. This looks very peaceful while volcanic activity is underneath and can change all that in a few hours.

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  • Oralfajökull

    When we were in Iceland the Vatnajökull was quiet. The Oralfajökull was flowing gently into a lake. I expect that nothing remains of what we have seen then and that the landscape is now completely different.

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  • Vatnajokull

    Vatnajokull (2119m) is the largest glacier of Europe with an area of about 8,100 km2, an average thickness of 400 m and the greatest thickness of about 1100 m. It contains approximately 3300 km3 of ice. The latest eruptions of the lake region took place in 1996 and 1998. In 1996, the eruption started beneath the glacier during the evening of...

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  • Svartifoss, close-up

    This picture gives a close up on the basaltic hexagonal columns. This type of hexagonal columns is also found in Ireland (Giant causeway), in the Sahara (Hoggar) and in France (Auvergne). It occurs when lava is allowed to cool gently and crystallizes instead of remaining amorphous.

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  • Svartifoss

    Svartifoss means ''Black waterfall''. Svartifoss is famous as it falls from the edge of a broad columnar basalt cliff that looks like the round wall of an amphitheatre. It has become the symbol of Skaftafell National Park. The unusual configuration of the hexagonal basalt columns, most of them hanging from the lip of the cliff, have been the...

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  • Lakagigar

    The Laki volcano erupted on June 8th 1783 and emitted in fifty days an enormous volume of lava : 12 cubic kilometers. It corresponds to an area of 20 kilometers by 20, 30 meter thick (the heights of a 12 stories building !). Actually the lava flow reached 50 km and it is the biggest amount of lava emitted in the world during modern times. There...

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  • Ofoerufoss

    Ofoerufoss is a twin parts waterfall that runs on one side of the Eldja fissure. In the beginning, erosion had washed out ashes from underneath and formed a large arch. Later, further erosion broke down most of the arch and there remains only a small part that you can see if you enlarge the picture.

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  • Eldja, pumice deposits

    In some parts of the Eldja, a thick layer of pumice has been deposited. Erosion has later attacked it and the section reveals all the colors it can take after oxidation. This kind of structure can be seen in different places in Iceland. The different colors are given by the composition of the ashes.

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  • The Eldja fault

    The Eldja fault and lava bed was created in the 10th century. It is the greatest explosive fault in the world : an eight kilometers long fissure was formed. Since then, erosion has done its work. The Eldja fault is one of the must see in Iceland.

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  • In front of Vik

    Vik, with a population of about 300 inhabitants, is Iceland's southernmost village. It is also the rainiest place of the country. Close to the coast, lay a group of small islands. They are the remains of an ancient lava bed, eroded by the ocean.

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  • Near Vik

    As can be seen on this picture, the whole area in the vicinity of Vik is green. The grass is thick and makes an excellent feed for sheep, horses and cows. The Vik area is one, if not the greatest farming area in Iceland.

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  • Farming in southern Iceland

    The climate of southern Iceland is warmer than in other parts of the country that allows a great deal of farming when the soils allows it. There are few fields, and here, farming means mainly cattle growing.

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  • Skogafoss

    A hiking trail starts from here and follows the river, crossing a pass where Eyjafjallajökull and Myrdalsjökull met into a single glacier, years ago.The Skogar Folk Museum is a 1/2 km east of the fall. It features a large collection of fishing gear, including the 17 men fishing boat, the Petersey, a twin masted open boat built in 1855 and used...

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  • Behind Seljalandsfoss

    Seljalandsfoss is worth the visit not only because it is a one shot fall but moreover because it is one of the few falls where you can go ''behind the curtain'' ! The view is quite impressive, but be sure to have waterproof clothing !

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  • In front of Seljalandsfoss

    After inland Iceland, we drove back to the coast. Seljalandsfoss is not far from the sea. It is very thin and there is not as much water flowing than in other falls, but it is a one shot fall and worth the visit...

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  • Vatnajökull, dead end !

    We could not go any further. The track went across the emissary of the Vatnajökull lake but the water was too high. It was too early in summer (mid July) as a lot of snow was still melting. An Icelander in an even taller car went back too.

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  • Vatnajökull close-up

    The slabs of ice on the surface of the lake are drawn by the flow towards it's emissary. They accumulate and block partly the outgoing flow, which increases the level of the lake, until the ice wall breaks.A few years after our travel, the Vatnajökull erupted, and now the landscape is quite different.

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  • Vatnajökull

    The Vatnajökull is the largest glacier of Europe and the third largest ice mass in the world. It covers one tenth of the surface of the island. It stretches 90 miles from east to west and averages 35 miles from north to south.The lower end of the Vatnajökull pours into a small lake. On the surface of the lake, small ''icebergs'' are floating

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  • Doing the ford

    When a ford has several legs, and if the water is a bit high, the best solution is not to cross straight from one side to the other. The wider the leg, the shallower it will be. It is often advisable to do zigzags and to drive upstream for 10-30 meters on a gravel bank until you find the next leg is as wide as possible. In the beginning, I went...

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  • Large ford on the Lakki track

    I feel the Lakki track was by far the most difficult of the different inland tracks I have done along this travel in Iceland. Several fords were very wide, with several legs and some much deeper than others, that had to be avoided.

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  • Horses

    On these green meadows, horses have plenty to graze. This is the kind of horse you can ride. The breed has remained the same since the early settlers. They are not very tall but strong, calm and very friendly.

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  • Swamp draining

    The drains can be deep. The farmers always work hard keeping all their drains in good condition. Now they use scrapers but for centuries all had to be done by men and shovels ! That was really a very hard work !

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  • From Laugar to Lakki

    Under ''sports travel'', will appear the South, South center and South-East parts of Iceland : Laki, Seljalandsfoss, Skogafoss, Vik, Eldja, Ofoerufos, Lakagigar, Svartifoss, Jokulsa, Oralfajokull, Vatna, Breidamerkurjokull and finally Seydisfjordur again.From Laugar to Lakki, a few places are farmed. They are usually swamps that have been drained....

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    Jan 15, 2013 at 3:03 PM

    Whale Watching in the West Fjords - Eagle Fjord
    this is just great. Jon will take you outside Bildudalur´s bay to see the whales that are visiting the Icelandic coasts. This is magic, few people and all the experience and stories from this ex-fisherman. This is for me much better than in Reykjavik where you are packed on the boat. It definitly worth it.

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