Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Iceland: Þingvellir National Park

Þingvellir (Thingvellir) is a place in Bláskógabyggð in southwestern Iceland, near the peninsula of Reykjanes and the Hengill volcanic area. Þingvellir is a site of historical, cultural, and geological importance and is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Iceland.

(left) Fimmvörðuháls is the area between the glaciers Eyjafjallajökull (we all remember the 2010 eruptions) and Mýrdalsjökull in southern Iceland. The route between Skógar and Thórsmörk goes through this pass and is one of the most popular walking routes in Iceland, despite being 22km long and involving 1000m of climbing.

(right) The Barnacle goose (Branta leucopsis) belongs to the genus Branta of black geese, which contains species with largely black plumage, distinguishing them from the grey Anser species.

Maria wrote on the back of the postcard: "In Iceland, there are very few trees, no Mc Donalds, and the population is only about 320.000." I think its a special country. Thx for sending Maria!


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