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Pictures taken on 06/10/18

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Heinous crime, even in Iceland!
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The landscape has plumes of steam from hot springs
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These electricity towers look pretty cool
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We had to stop the van and wait for someone who got left behind, but we stopped in a pretty picturesque location
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Hills
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Topaz loves Iceland
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I'm in Iceland!
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More steaming hot springs and geothermal vents
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Such a cool looking landscape
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A lot of food is grown in greenhouses
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Icelandic houses have some pretty intense insulation
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Steaming landscape. Watch out for holes that might open in the ground!
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I do not like the look on this pig's face one bit
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Tour bus POV
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How come Iceland gets to have a Quiznos??
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Clouds and hills
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I found a convenient place to put my tinny espresso cup
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In a land of volcanoes and glaciers you encounter some pretty intense vehicles
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Digging
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Such low clouds
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There's still some ice in the wrinkles of the hills that the sun doesn't reach
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Gorgeous landscapes
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Little waterfalls!
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Lots of grass and moss, not many trees
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Tall wispy waterfalll
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You can see the mountain just sort of sliding away
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I like the rock-guard trees. The tour guides say no house has ever been wiped out by a rolling rock but I guess no one wants to be the first
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Hill? Mountain? You be the judge. Or ask a geologist I guess
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Skogafoss!
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We didn't have a ton of time, so rather than go up for an elevated view I went close to the waterfall
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No drones! But Shiba Inus are ok
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Skogafoss!
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I'd be nervous about rolling rocks
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That's a big waterfall
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I think it looks nicer than Niagara Falls. Even with the tourists
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You can just walk up to it!
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Getting creative
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Water vs ground
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A tripod would've been handy
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Topaz walking back from his waterfall close encounter
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I hid under a little natural shelf
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The water was churned up into little waves
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It was loud and windy
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These rocks are hanging in here
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Peeking out from cover
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How close can we get?
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OK, this might be too close
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Goodbye, Skogafoss!
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A glacier!! We'll see more of this later. Or maybe it's another glacier, I can't remember
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Everyone in the Dacia, we're heading to Pochinki!
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Photographer Topaz
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Photographer and photo!
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One of our tourmates getting in close for a shot
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Cool cliffs
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I wonder if it gets old when you live here
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These islands almost look like something out of a game
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Bust out the wide angle
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Flowers!
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I love how the clouds lead to really different lighting conditions. The foreground is in sunlight and the hills are in shade
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It's easier to see the lighting here
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The beach!
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Paragliders!
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Let's grab lunch real quick
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Paragliders coming for a landing
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Obligatory selfie stick
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More incredible landscapes
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Seems fine
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Safety Topaz
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I think I get the message
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Hey guys, did you know there are scary waves here?
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Topaz enjoying his lunch on the go
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Whoa, that's a cave
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Topaz really nursing that sandwich
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Such a strange looking cliff
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So very climbable
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"Neat"
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Walking down onto the beach
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Topaz considers his approach
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And away he goes
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Victory!
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T-pose falling
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OK my turn
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I'm an expert alpinist
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Just thinkin' about Iceland things
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Hi Topaz
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It's a nice little seat
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Kate specifically told me not to turn my back on the scary waves, so of course I turned my back on the scary waves.. briefly
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Looking back up at the hexagons
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Non-scary waves
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Part of the landscape still hanging in there
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Going to greet the scary waves
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I touched it!
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Well that was fun. And I survived!
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Nap time?
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Closeup of the "sand". It was more like gravel
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See?
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Intriguing landscape features in the distance. I didn't want to miss some of the photo shots around here but Topaz made a run for it
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Looking further up the hill
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I wonder if these hexagons ever fall off?
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Into the cave
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Spikey
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If you just go in a straight line you hit no land until Antarctica!
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It's really an incredible sight
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Looking down the beach that Topaz went running down
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The soil/grass layer on top of the rocks is neat
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It's a glacier!
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The glacier used to be here but has been retreating. It's been retreating for a long time but it's gotten faster lately. When was the last time these rocks were exposed?
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Lots of rocks and gouges in the landscape
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Wandering out into the glacier path
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A little rain nearby
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Dirty ice
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People are useful for scale around here
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Big ice chunks floating
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This moss and lichen is hanging in here
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The glacier can be dangerous when pieces break off
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Our tour guide asked us to not go past this sign but plenty of other people were down there. We scooted down for a quick look around but were ready to run
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For scale, there is a small group of people on top of the glacier near the top-middle, just to the right
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It's been a good trip! Topaz is a good traveling partner!
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Trips are fun
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I really can't get enough of this landscape
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Science box?
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Science.. drill?
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Down at the water level, but just for a moment
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Topaz didn't go all the way down to the water
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Heading back up to safer ground
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Ice and grass and dirt
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Old rocks
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And boulders! This is how boulders end up in random fields. Glaciers leave them behind
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Ice and water shaping the landscape
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Watch your step
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What made that big crack?
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Watch out for rolling boulders
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These guys had bikes with super thick tires!
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Goodbye, glacier!
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More barren hills
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Blue sky does exist here! And check out this truck heading across this thin bit of land!
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One more waterfall
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Pretty big!
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Just sheets of water blasting the ground
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Rock and water
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Topaz and the waterfall
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Of course, I got one too
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Looking up at the waterfall
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Topaz briefly ran down to ground zero
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It didn't look pleasant
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The slippery path to the waterfall
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Behind the waterfall!
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Lots of people stopping for photos
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The last little path
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Someone else clamoring back up
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This is what the surface looks like when looking away from the waterfall
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Just a quick shot because water was soaking the camera so quickly. In fact, later I had some trouble with some buttons malfunctioning but eventually fixed it
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Waves of mist blasting off the water surface
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Me and the back of the waterfall
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So violent!
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This rock is getting worn down
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It was windy and noisy and wet
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Back around the other side
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Hey, no drones!
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Well that was fun
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Let's try some weird Icelandic drinks and snacks from our tour guide!
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This was fine
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Hooray! Iceland!
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A little stripmall we stopped at.
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This is Skogafoss, one of the largest Fosses in Iceland. Nobody has built a larger Foss since. Nobody knows what a Foss is.
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At this distance you still get wet pretty quickly; the camera doesn't show just how much moisture is in the air.
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IT'S ALSO VERY LOUD; PLEASE LISTEN TO A HIGH-VOLUME WHITE NOISE GENERATOR WHILE VIEWING THIS PHOTO
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The waterfall distracts people from the rest of the incredible scenery.
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I waited to get this shot of the paraglider landing.
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This is Reynisfjara, a famous black sand beach with huge hexagonal basalt columns just like Giant's Causeway in Northern Ireland has.
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Big glacier! It's much bigger in person.
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I tried to get shots of yatpay since there aren't many mirrors in most of his pictures.
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Tour Guide: Don't go too far! Don't go down to the water! yatpay: Okay, I'm going to go past the barrier and touch the water. (JP note: it was a small sign, not a barrier!)
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I bet it was worth it, though.
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I'm pretty sure this is one frame in a rapid-fire sequence of yatpay walking past me.
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This is Seljalandsfoss. I stood under it and got so wet that my phone wouldn't turn on.
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yatpay took this photo to prove how cool he is.
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It's okay to zone out after a long day, even if it's during a "vacation"!
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This little convenience store was several meals. It was actually very good food!
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yatpay took this photo to show a new battle scar. (Drying out water that got under the dial and made it malfunction)
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yatpay took this to demonstrate proper technique for drying off a very wet camera.
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Topaz played FTL while I played The Adventure Zone at him (note the phone on the corner of the desk)
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