The barren landscape surrounding Gullfoss


Warning sign indicating that the road will turn into a dirt track soon, marking the beginning of Iceland's interior, the uninhabited desert


Gullfoss, a massive waterfall on the River Hvítá


Vegetation is scarce due to the loose soil and strong winds


The strong winds of Iceland are ideal for kite-flying


A lot of - apparently unused - land is surrounded by fences, although the purpose of this is often not clear (though it's quite common to see a single heavy-duty engineering vehicle digging in the middle of a field)


Towards the interior




The tundra


Boardwalk to Gullfoss in the middle of nowhere


On the volcanic black sand of Vík's beach


Black & white


A desolate place


Horses on an extremely windy (or perhaps normal for this area) day


Not a nice day


An ideal day for a walk on the beach (summer temperatures in Iceland go as high as 14C)


Massive basalt formations off the coast near Vík


Iceland is still volcanically active, which can dramatically transform the landscape


Almannagjá, the fault line between the European (to the left) and American (to the right) tectonic plates, which are still in motion at a very slow rate


Lake Thingvallavatn at 11pm in May (Iceland, though still mostly south of the Artic Circle, enjoys very long summer days, but also very short winter ones)


The first Icelandic parliament (one of the oldest parliaments in the world, founded in 930 AD) had its seat nearby - many members had to traverse desolate central areas of Iceland over several weeks to get here


Thingvellir National Park


Thingvellir as seen from the Almannagjá fault (Mid-Atlantic Ridge)


Side roads can quickly turn into dirt tracks after a few miles


Iceland's weather is notoriously fickle


Due to the high level of geothermal activity on the island a large part of Iceland's energy is generated by geothermal power plants


Minor roads like this branch off (at seemingly random places) the main Route 1, the ring road along Iceland's coast


Waterfalls blown away by the wind as soon as they leave the hillside - Iceland's <i>very</i> windy


View from Route 365, a minor and rarely used dirt track


A desolate place


A lot of roads in Iceland are only recommended for 4WDs to avoid getting stuck in the loose soil or mud


Approaching Mordor


Off the beaten path


The Blue Lagoon, the geothermally heated thermal bath in the middle of a bleak volcanic landscape


The water of the Blue Lagoon is heated by the Svartsengi geothermal power plant


This is an actual banknote (depicting 17th century seamstress Ragnheidur Jónsdóttir)


Svartsengi power plant


Impossibly blue waters (due to the water's high silica content) in a black lava field


The great Geysir (which geysers were named after), doesn't erupt very often any more, but nearby Strokkur still does every few minutes


Tundra covers most of Iceland


Small, incredibly blue (probably due to silica in the water) pond near the Strokkur geyser


A bit of suburban planning in the middle of a massive empty plain


Looking towards the uninhabited interior  of Iceland


View from a hill near Geysir


Dirt track winding across the lava fields of Reykjanes Peninsula


Kleifarvatn Lake


The Reykjanes Peninsula


Route 427 descending towards Grindavík


Around Kleifarvatn Lake


Dirt track near Myrdalsjökull glacier


In the middle of nowhere


Settlement (a farm?)


The midnight sun

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