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The Iceland landscape – 27 photos to make you want to travel to Iceland

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The Southern Iceland landscape

The Iceland landscape is nothing short of incredible.  We especially loved the glaciers.   The ice closest to the ground was often very dirty, but the higher up, the whiter it gets.  My favourite parts were when the blues came out.  The different colours are due to the number of air pockets and the interaction between light and the ice crystals.

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Just being able to sit beside a glacial lagoon like this and soak it all up was magical.  There’s something so serene about sitting and watching ice move slowly through the water.iceland landscapes

We were literally metres from this glacier tongue. iceland landscapes

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All of these locations were part of our eight-day road trip around Iceland’s Ring Road.

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Stirling is six foot, so this gives some perspective to this huge chunk of ice that had been washed out of Jökulsárlón Lagoon and onto Diamond Beach.

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It always makes me smile when we are clearly cold being on a beach, but with all this ice around, it was like a freezer!

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Diamond Beach

The roads changed so often but this was one of my favourite shots.  the cloud coming down so low it was almost at road level.  The hills made of loose flowing granite type rock was quite common in southern Iceland.

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The Jökulsárlón Lagoon is approximately 18 km ² and gradually increasing as a result of the melting glaciers.  It’s also a supportive ecosystem for fish and bird life.  The sheer number of icebergs and was mind-blowing.

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The ice floats out of the glacier lagoon and under the Glacial River Bridge out to sea. They often get embedded in the channel until such time that the current can push them, or they melt enough to lift off the bottom.

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A large piece of ice comes to stop on Diamond Beach.iceland landscapes

Craggy black mountaintops where nothing will grow meet the grassy edges of the cliffs before stopping at a beautiful waterfall.  All of this can be found right along the main Icelandic highway of Route Number 1 (Ring Rad)

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One of the many glaciers pushing down the mountains.  This glacier tongue can be seen easily from the Ring Road.

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Blue again.  My favourite iceberg at Diamond Beach was here when I went to sleep and still lodged on the beach the next day.
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Diamonds glowing against the dark sky.iceland landscapes

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Better than a refrigerator any day!  Hot beers took only minutes to cool down.

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The black lava plains of the southern coastline.
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images of southern iceland

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