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    #31
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    Superb Valerie.
    I never went in Iceland at winter time.You give me an idea.Love icy Gulfoss.
    As i use to dive sometimes (but in warmer seas) your pics. are a real temptation!

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      #32
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      Hello Yves,

      I'm really glad to hear I gave you ideas. That was the purpose of my post... Because people would not necessarily go to Iceland in winter (even if now with the buzz of northern lights it is more popular) nor know it is possible to find such beauties underwater.

      Actually I got the idea of snorkeling there through a French-speaking diving forum in which I was active when I was a diver. A member was detailing his experience in Iceland (he had already dived in Antarctica - I think this was the first time I had heard of this destination as a touristy place by the way and it also made me want to know more about it.)

      Here is the original post if you want to check it out for details (you can recognize my photos on page 2):
      http://www.plongeur.com/forums/showt...ghlight=silfra
      There are also amazing pictures on dive.is.

      About winter, it is also a magical time (besides being good value for money for accomodation). I've been there three times but my first experience in February was the strongest, with sometimes having the feeling of being on the moon, when you go outside Reykjavik by night in the snow and with volcanic rocks and silence ... and with Silfra of course. About Gulfoss, I did not know before that the waterfall itself could partly freeze (not sure if it freezes entirely - if anyone has info on this ...).

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        #33
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        Iceland summer 1977

        On the road


        Akureiry

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          #34
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          Lake Myvatn




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            #35
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            Hot springs and sulphur pits in Namarskard




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              #36
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              Still in Myvatn area

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                #37
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                Your photos bring back happy memories of my stay in 1986, Yves, when I adapted a holiday advertised by a small Iceland specialist in London. I stayed a few days in Reykjavik where, apart from exploring locally and taking a coach to Thingvellir, I flew over to Heimaey in the Westmann Islands, climbing on the lava still smoking from the 1973 eruption. Then I took the bus to Lake Myvatn, staying overnight at Akureyri on the way. Myvatn was just wonderful, and I took a jeep ride across the interior while there Then I flew back to Reykjavik in the small low-flying plane, following the tracks below on my map, and had a few more days there.
                Iceland had had the coldest winter for 30 years and although it was July when I went, it was cold, cold, cold apart from just a few days towards the end of my stay. But I long to go back, even though it must be so touristy now.
                Ivy

                "To thine own self be true.......
                Thou canst not then be false to any man."

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                  #38
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                  Hi Ivy
                  Like you, I have very happy memories from Iceland…maybe because I landed there on the sign of Lucky Seven: 7/7/1977!!!
                  I was not in Vestmann but I saw Surtsey from the air; it was only four years after it appears at the surface of the ocean. Amazing Iceland!
                  My first motivation was bird watching and I may say that this country is a kind of paradise when we practice this (very peaceful) activity. I learnt here to recognize the limicoles (don’t know the English word; it’s the family including plovers, oyster-catchers, sandpipers, redshanks etc...). Myvatn and surroundings was the very best place and I remember standing hours and hours on the shore of the lake with my binoculars to watch them.
                  In another hand, as I mostly hiked during this trip, I keep in mind the high quality of silence in the almost desert regions.

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                    #39
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                    On the last day of my stay at Myvatn I met a young lad who was hiking around Iceland, mostly YMCA hostels I think. He was enjoying himself hugely - the point being that he was partly paralysed down one side, yet he was travelling on his own. My admiration for him was unbounded and I wished that I had seen him earlier so that we could have had more chats about his travels.
                    "The high quality of silence". Something I treasured when camping in the outback in WA, with my Aussie friends. Something that will always be with me, Yves.
                    Ivy

                    "To thine own self be true.......
                    Thou canst not then be false to any man."

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                      #40
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                      Originally posted by pakarang View Post
                      I'd like to call this one "Taking a liking to a Viking".
                      just noticed this picture has gone,,,, dont know what happened i forget if i move pictures they disappear ... will need to check.

                      past cruises 2000 ncl crown odessey mediterranean 2006 ncl marco polo baltic 2007 ncl marco polo mediterranean... june 2010 pacific princess, mediterranean . may 2011 island princess alaska . june 2015 NCL Star Norwegian Fjords

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