Monday, July 27, 2009

WATER IN ICELAND

ICELAND - AUGUST 2008

Though it seems there is a huge glacier regression in Iceland, water is not missing at all there.


"GREY LANDSCAPE - Early morning rain was a company to most of our tours..."



"SKOGAFOSS - With a width of 25 meters and a drop of 60 meters, the Forest Falls, located at the cliffs of the former coastline (now at a distance of 5km), is one of the biggest and most beautiful waterfalls in Iceland"



"SELJALANDFOSS - It also falls 60m at the former coastline"




"FROM THE TRAIL BEHIND THE FALL"



"THE SUN WAS SHINNING"


"GULFOSS - The Golden Falls is one of the most popular tourist attractions in the country, and together with Pingvellir and the geysers of Haukadalur forms the Golden Circle"





"GULFOSS - At a certain point, it seems that the river simply fades away into the earth"


"FROM THE TOP"



"JUST CLOSE"



Addy of the lovely blog «Oh Addy», was so kind to give me this wonderful, award! Thanks Addy. Truly apreciated!!

72 comments:

Trotter said...

Hi Folks! After the Ice and Fire it’s time for the Water! And that is something you won’t miss in Iceland: all around the Island, falling from the Sky, erupting from Earth or simply running at the surface... ;)). Enjoy and have a great working week, those of you who aren’t on vacation!!

Olivier said...

les cascades (avec l'arc en ciel) sont magnifiques.....un autre monde...

Rakesh Vanamali said...

Wow! Sheer brilliance in picture! Good to see your post! Its been a while..... Hope you had a good vacation!

Ali said...

Beautiful pictures! Now I definitely need to visit Iceland one day. Great blog :)

Ali

Mediterranean kiwi said...

these really are amazing shots - it looks too wet for a real holiday (!) but i must admit that it sounds fantastic. i would love to be able to see these places some time

freefalling said...

Hey Gil - I've especially loved your posts on Iceland (it's on the top of my wishlist).
Love the 14th shot.

eye in the sky said...

the vistas are as usual spectacular...

Deslilas said...

Plus belles seront les chûtes !
Magnifiques.

hpy said...

Des paysages magnifiques, mais si le réchauffement continue il va falloir rebaptiser le pays. Le pays de la glace ne sera plus approprié.

Rajesh said...

Those waterfalls are simply gorgeous. Spectacular snaps.

! ky said...

Hey Gil,
Wow superb waterfalls...
cool rainbow, u are lucky to go behind the waterfalls...
was there ny cave kinda behind waterfalls lol...

Kven,
http://kollywoodmoviereview.blogspot.com/

Thérèse said...

Que d'eau et que d'énergie exploitable!
Superb!

Ted Roth said...

I ran out of time last night, and couldn't get to your site when I thought I would, and today I'm headed into NYC, but I looked over this newest entry and the photos are sensational. They are some of your best. Getting a sense of scale in waterfalls can be difficult, and you've done it expertly. I'll be back tomorrow to explore further.

Pietro said...

Gil, these are spectacular images of amazing waterfalls! I always like very much the photos of you and your wife too.
Have a nice week ahead!

Cuckoo said...

Gil,
The photos narrate a spectacular show. I especially liked the one with rainbow and the giant fall.

Lori said...

Hi Gil, sorry I've been away for a while! I love these photos from Iceland. It must have been breathtaking to be that close to the waterfalls. I'm so keen to see Iceland in person some day. I hope you show us more pictures from there.

Nikon said...

Wow, these are fabulous shots, Gil!
I love those lush greens, and so many rainbows! Great spot to visit!

P.N. Subramanian said...

SKOGAFOSS falls look majestic. All other pictures are excellent as always.

alice said...

Que d'eau, que d'eau! Mais c'est si beau...

Louise said...

I love Iceland's waterfalls. You got some of the best pictures I have ever seen of the second one you showed. Wonderful post!

alicesg said...

Oh this so amazing and beautiful. You are so lucky to have experience all these. Thanks for your comments in my blog. Today's post is the latest attraction of a beautiful bridge in Singapore.

Kcalpesh said...

This is simply mind blowing. Loved all the pictures. The one which shows the rainbow colors in the waterfall, steals the show! Awesome place and awesome pictures..... thanks once again for sharing!

Lawstude said...

Wow. I cud only dream of going there. The falls made my jaw dropped. Thank you for sharing this spectacular place.

Emm said...

It's so green! How beautiful!

Gattina said...

It even sprinkled through the screen and I am all wet, lol ! beautiful pictures !

R.Ramakrishnan said...

Wow! The pics of the falls are awesome & stunning. I could almost feel the water spray on my face.Such pics really bring so much joy and energy. Thanks for sharing.
Regards Ram

Tinsie said...

Totally amazing photos! Well worth waiting for ;-)

bindu said...

The pictures are incredible! What a place - thundering waterfalls and mossy green rocks. Lovely!

Dsole said...

Gil!
I can't find the right words to explain myself... just dreaming about a walk for this place! thank you!

Bridge said...

Hi Blogtrotter! Thanks for wishing me well. The Air Force Base has private beaches and golf courses so I'd rather go there than to public recreational places. By the way, you have a lot of nice photos again. You and your wife are just so lovely. But wait a minute, where is your lovely daughter? She's MIA? (Missing in Action?)

Isn't it quite dangerous to be closer to the running water?

rochambeau said...

The Trotter and the Rainbows and the Skogafoss :-) I'm speechless!
Thanks for the photos!!
You are a Kreaativ Blogger, indeed!

Constance

Lakshmi said...

Congrats on the award..Ive seen a lot of water in the last few months,, but the waterfalls are an amazing treat..

M.Kate said...

OMG!!! These are absolutely stunning pictures!!! I love to be there, looking, feeling and having such wonderful experience, Thank you for sharing Gil and this award is much deserved. Hope you have a good week..weekend ahead.

Mitr - Friend said...

Hey GMG,

Thanks for your comments in My Travelogue. Welcome to my blog.... Glad u liked it..
Enjoy your summer in Iceland... Have a great time...
And do drop in often to my blog, would love to have your visits and comments...

april said...

They seem to be the most phantastic waterfalls of the world. Iceland is 'waterland'

diane said...

Water Water everywhere! Great shots and what a majestic waterfall.

99 said...

Tremendous photos Gil. Ice, Fire, Water, lots of Earth... any Air in your next pics? I can´t wait.

Peter said...

So, we can agree that Iceland is better performing when it comes to water than to fireworks? Your photos from behind the fall are fabulous!

Dorothée said...

Bonjour Gil,
Merci pour cette serie spectaculaire et rafraichissante. Les couleurs sont aussi magnifiques. Tu nous fais rever. Quel beau voyage!

Keats The Sunshine Girl said...

Just awesome pics! Oh, to be in Iceland to enjoy these wondrous sights!

b.c. said...

hi gmg! awesome pics, so dramatic!

Asian Traveler said...

What a delight just looking at the waterfalls and the wonderful nature scenery.

By the way, I have a new blog entry about the Liuho Tourist Night Market in Kaohsiung. :)

Indrani said...

Great shots Gil! This has been a wonderful tour.

Beefybob7 said...

With all that natural beauty around, I still like the picture of you two under the waterfall.

Well at least one of the subjects is beautiful!

Correction: remove "at least".

Nikon said...

Incredible shots of that waterfal, Gil! Thanks for the visit and have a great weekend!

Susanne49 said...

Very impressive waterfall photos, Gil. You managed also the rainbow very well! Iceland is beautiful, thanks for sharing!
Susanne

Sue's Daily Photography

P.S. thank you also for the nice comments on my last blog posts :)

Light and Voices said...

Iceland is on my bucket list now for sure. Your photographs of the falls are fantastic! ta ta for now.
Joyce

lyliane said...

Superbe toute cette eau! et surtout ces arcs en ciel et la couleur verte de la mousse.Je pensais y aller l'hiver, mais tout doit être gelé, c'est moins spectaculaire surement.

Ash said...

Brilliant images!

Ron said...

Beautiful pictures. That is an amazing waterfall.

I like the pic of the tourist couple.

jen laceda said...

These are definitely my favourite shots of Iceland so far...

Cergie said...

De l'eau sous toutes ses formes et on pourrait imaginer que l'on va traverser ce Styx à nos risques et périls pour arriver dans un enfer qui serait de glace et non de feu...
Ces paysages sont assez cataclysmiques !

Baron's Life said...

Superb...C'est Formidable. It is one of your best pieces of work...but then they are all ecellent..Thanks for sharing

leo said...

woooow, beautiful waterfall Gil. You captured it well! I can imagine its thunderous sound!!

juka14 said...

The waterfalls are really beautiful!!! Great photos!

Leif Hagen said...

Wow, Gil! Your photos of Iceland are outstanding! The photos of Gulfoss remind me of my last visit there in 1991? I have 2 penpals in Reykjavik - feels like it's time to visit them again! Your current photo posting was a FEAST!

Ming the Merciless said...

I thought of going to Reykjavik last year after the Icelandic Krona dropped drastically against the US dollars. The airfare from NYC to Reykjavik was really inexpensive but the cheap flights all require a week's stay in Iceland and I wasn't sure if there was enough things to do/see in Iceland for that long duration.

So I went to Rome instead.

That said, I would love to go to Iceland to visit for a couple of days or so. I definitely am curious about the Blue Lagoon and the puffins.

Trotter said...

Hi Everybody! Seventy five thousand visitors since January 29, 2007, and you are the only to let a comment... Thanks for your contribution to enhance this otherwise imperfect blog! Still have material for some three more posts on Iceland, before moving away to another land. Hope you enjoy, and keep commenting... ;)

Olivier,
C’est vrai qu’il faut sortir des villes (et même quelques fois du pays) pour avoir un si beau décor…

Rakesh,
No vacation; just a short break in the middle of some awfully busy weeks. It’s my traditional recipe for the summer… ;))

Ali,
Thanks for your visit and first time comment here; always great to see some new beautiful faces around! As to Iceland, it surely deserves some attention, but beware: the weather window is somehow narrow... ;)

Maria,
It’s definitely a bit wet for a vacation, but I imagine how fantastic that would be the day it isn’t cloudy or it doesn’t rain. The problem is to find out that specific day not living there... ;)

Letitia,
Wow! Great to see you’re still active in the blogosphere and I’m much happy to read you again at Blogtrotter! OK, from Australia to Iceland is just on the other side of the world: easy to put on top of a wish list... ;))

Eye,
Great vistas they have in Iceland, indeed; it’s just a question of getting them right... ;)

Daniel,
C’est vrai que les chutes sont impressionnantes! En plus, elles sont à l’intérieur, mais tombent de la falaise qu’auparavant était directement sur la mer…

Hélène,
Tu as raison ; les glaciers recoulent partout (sauf, il semble, le Perito Moreno en Patagonie/Terre du Feu, le top de mes destinations inaccomplies…) et L’Islande ne fait pas exception !

Rajesh,
Thanks! The artist is Mother Nature...

Kven,
No caves, no golden pot, just water... ;)
I’ve been experiencing some troubles to let comments on your blog; there is a pop-up window coming up and blocking the page and the Explorer if you don’t get fast to the comment page. Could you please check it!!

Thérèse,
Energie géothermale c’est vraiment une richesse en Islande. Ils n’ont pas de problèmes pour se chauffer l’hiver… ;)

Ted,
Thanks! It’s a shame the weather was always so grey that didn’t allow the sun to shine a little bit; I think it would have made some gorgeous pictures, mixing the colours there with the blue sky!

Pietro,
Thanks! I’m glad you like these pictures. And Guida is flattered with the compliment!

Cuckoo,
Actually, nature has staged some wonderful shows in Iceland. Except that the clouds and the rain sometimes disturb the fruition... ;)

Lori,
There will be some more pictures coming... As for getting there, it’s not difficult from NYC; and the fares went surely down with the financial crisis they are facing... The waterfalls are impressive, but not as much as Iguaçu or the horseshoe in Niagara...

Paul,
It’s true that they got a marvellous green all around; no wonder, with all the rain they catch, even in summer... ;). And the waterfalls are actually quite impressive, though not huge as Iguaçu or Niagara. I’ve never been to Victoria… ;-(

P.N.,
Thanks! Glad you enjoyed!!

Alice,
De l’eau, il y en a partout; mais c’est vraiment beau...

Louise,
I’m with you: Seljalandfoss is my favourite waterfall and the pictures came out rather nice; better than one could anticipate on the spot…

Alice SG,
I don’t know if we can say it’s luck; actually it demands a great deal of work to manage to get all around... ;)
My pleasure to visit and comment on your lovely blog!!

Kcalpesh,
Agreed! The one with the rainbow colours steals the show!! Must confess that, when I saw there was a short break in the clouds and the rain had stopped for some minutes, I imagined something nice could come out; but it came out better than what I thought...

Trotter said...

Part Two, due to Blogger restrictions...

Norman,
It’s fair enough: you show me some of the wonderful beauties of Philippines and I show some of the spots I’ve been to... ;)

Emm,
Yeah! It could also be somewhere in Ireland (or at John Ford’s «How Green was my Valley»)

Gattina,
All wet at this time of the year? Only in Belgium or in Iceland... lol!!
Glad that you liked the pictures!

Ram,
Thanks for the comment! It’s truly impressive the force of those waterfalls, but in particular what makes the most of it is the frequency at which you find the waterfalls; they seem to be just around the corner, one after the other...

Tinsie,
Glad you liked! Did summer arrive already in UK or are living on the batteries charged in Greece? Enjoy your time!

Bindu,
Thundering waterfalls indeed!!

Dsole,
You may try to make a break out there, and I’m sure you would love it; but the weather window opportunity is quite slim: late June, July... Today, August 4th, 2009, it’s raining in Reykjavik and the temperature is only 15º Celsius... ;))

Brigida,
My pleasure to visit your wonderful blog! But now I need an invitation, as you closed it for outside world viewers... Could you send me an invitation to my email, please?
Now, I see why you choose to get to the Base; exclusive rights... ;))
Our daughter travelled with us until she was 18, in 2002; afterwards she has her own travelling agenda... ;))

Constance,
My pleasure to make you happy just with some pictures of rainbows and waterfalls!! ;) Thanks for being so kind to take your time commenting at Blogtrotter!!

Lakshmi,
Thanks for the congratulations! I can imagine how much water you have been seeing travelling through the monsoon... but it’s true the waterfalls are always impressive!!

M.Kate,
I’m truly happy that you like the posts Blogtrotter presents! It’s the aim of this blog to show places people have not seen yet...

Mitr-Friend,
My pleasure to visit and comment on your lovely blog! Just one note: my summer isn’t in Iceland; I spent some days off there in August... 2008! My delay in posting is always somewhere around twelve months... ;))

Ingrid,
I wouldn’t say the most in the world, but they are quite impressive anyhow, the Icelandic waterfalls...

Diane,
That’s what we got: water from the sky; on earth and around the island... better than dust or mud, anyhow... ;)

99,
Air is dangerous... Flatulence!! ;))

Peter,
That’s definitely true; but, according to Louise, the New Year fireworks show in Reykjavik seems to unbeatable... I’m sceptic, coming from Madeira Island and knowing the New Year fireworks in Funchal... ;)
Enjoy your vacation!!

Dorothée,
Bienvenue de retour à la blogosphère !! C’est vrai que la visite de l’Islande a été très rafraichissante ; il a plu beaucoup… ;))

Keats,
Thanks for your visit and first time comment here! Wishing to be in Iceland? Just start packing; late August is too late, except for the Cultural Night… ;))

b.c.,
Welcome back!! Great to read you here again!! Glad you liked the pictures!

Asian Traveller,
There is a wonderful scenery everywhere you go in Iceland! I’ll check your blog as soon as possible!

Indrani,
I’m glad you enjoyed!
You’re looking great with your Canon camera on the profile picture!

Bob,
Well corrected!! ;))

Sue,
Iceland is beautiful indeed; I can imagine it in the hands of a photo professional like you; the photos would be awesome!!
My pleasure to comment on your wonderful blog!

Trotter said...

And this time we do even need a Part Three

Joyce,
So, it’s time to start packing… Late August would be almost winter in such places; at least for my standards… ;))

Lyliane,
Je ne suis pas certain que l’hiver soit une bonne saison pour visiter l’Islande ; sauf si tu veux avoir la chance de voir les aurores boréales. Mais il faudra attendre et on ne sais jamais. Ce n’est pas garanti… ;))

Ash,
Thanks!

Ron,
Actually there are pictures from three different waterfalls: Skogafoss, Seljalandfoss and Gulfoss… ;))

Jen,
Glad that you liked these. Hope things are improving in your dealings with Canadian bureaucracy and with some villains around…

Lucie,
Ah, mais c’est quand même mieux qu’aller directement à Hadès, en plus pour se fondre aux fleuves Styx, Phlegethon, Acheron et Cocytus… ;)).
Trop de l’eau… je concède! ;))

Baron,
Thanks for the compliment! I also think this Water Land came out quite well, under the circumstances…

Leo,
A bit noisy, but far from the roar you hear at the Devil’s Throat in Iguaçu or the Horseshoe in Niagara… Never been to Victoria… ;-(

Juka,
Like Icelanders; they have waterfalls just around the corner, any direction they take… ;)

Leif,
It’s amazing when we may remember old adventures. 1991 was already a long time ago; probably time to get back… My problem in getting back to places I’ve already been to is that it jeopardizes the possibility of getting to places I’ve never been yet… Time is at premium, difficult choice!! ;))

Ming,
So that was why you went to Rome (not stopping over in Lisbon, I noted…;)) instead of Iceland. One week will be OK, provided that you are prepared to get around the Island and are prepared to do some trekking… ;))
Blue Lagoon will come, but not the puffins; I’ve not been in their favourite region…

Celine said...

I love waterfalls!!
This is one of your best posts with such awesome pictures. Thank you Gil.

Trotter said...

Celine,
Glad that you like the post! It seems that the waterfalls are making a huge success... ;)

wandering soul said...

WoW! beautiful beautiful waterfalls!
I just discovered you blog today.. and your iceland posts got me hooked. :)
Iceland is on the top of my wishlist..

Trotter said...

Neelima,
Thanks for your visit and first time comment here! Glad that you enjoyed the post and lokk forward to reading you often!!

Paz said...

Wonderful scenes.

Paz

Trotter said...

Paz,
Glad that you liked!!

the philippine island said...

This is a very nice place. The water in the falls is a crystal clear. I guess Iceland is a pollution-free country.

Trotter said...

The Philippine island,
Thanks for your visit and first time comment here! You're right: Iceland is basically an almost pollution-free country...

Stella Bella said...

fantastic photos! :D Love them!

Trotter said...

Stella,
Glad you liked all this water. Cool!

Sophia said...
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GMG said...

Sophia,
You may keep visiting, but I won't be buying land in Costa Rica... So, comment deleted