Excited for some#psw2017 action in the am.
The Ice Wave. Jökulsárlón
The Jökulsárlón lagoon is right next to Vatnajökull, Europe's largest glacier. Vatnajökull and its surrounding area is Iceland's largest national park, and the second biggest national park in Europe, after Yugid Va in Russia.
There are only three national parks in Iceland, all very unlike each other. Jokulsarlon forms a part of Vatnajökull National Park, that is characterized by ice, glacier tongues, rugged highlands and lava landscape.
The lagoon is... formed naturally, from melted glacial water coming from the glacier and is getting bigger each year, as big blocks of ice crumble from the ever decreasing glacier into the lagoon.
Although the lake is becoming more impressive as it increases in size, it takes its toll on the glacier, visibly demonstrating the effects of global warming. That makes the lagoon and the nearby glacier tongue even more special, since it will look different each and every time you go there due to the constant change of the Icelandic landscape. Each visit is unique.
Hvítserkur is a 15 m high basalt stack along the eastern shore of the Vatnsnes peninsula, in northwest Iceland.
The rock has two holes at the base, which give it the appearance of a dragon who is drinking. The base of the stack has been reinforced with concrete to protect its foundations from the sea.
Several species of birds, such as gulls and fulmars, live on at Hvítserkur and its name ("white shirt" in Icelandic) comes from the color of the guano deposited on its rocks.
Mt. Kirkjufell (Church mountain) is a 463m high mountain on the north coast of Iceland's Snæfellsnes peninsula, near the town of Grundarfjörður. Grundarfjörður's beautiful landmark is the most photographed mountain in Iceland. Its isolated position jutting out into the sea makes it a focal point for tourists and seamen alike. I was able to arrive in this location towards the end of the day. The sky started to clear after a mostly rainy day and I setup to take the shot. I would love to spend more time here and explore more of the area on the next trip.
Here's a shot from our 1st campsite in Ólafsvík. I awoke to our neighbors defender painting a scene and grabbed the shot. Ólafsvík is the largest town in Snæfellsbær with about 1000 residents. Fishing and a big harbor shape the town image.
Wishing everyone safe and happy holidays!
I've started to release some shots from Iceland over on my instagram and 500px accounts. @pdlstudios check them out and share. More to come!
This was from our first night seeing the Northern Lights.
The Northern Lights are actually the result of collisions between gaseous particles in the Earth's atmosphere with charged particles released from the sun's atmosphere. Variations in colour are due to the type of gas particles that are colliding. The most common auroral color, a pale yellowish-green, is produced by oxygen molecules located about 60 miles above the earth. Rare, all-red auroras are produced by high-altitude oxygen, at heights of up to 200 miles. Nitrogen produces blue or purplish-red aurora.
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