Iceland

A coastal panorama in the West Fjords.

A coastal panorama in the West Fjords.

The Öxará River in Þingvellir National Park.

The Öxará River in Þingvellir National Park.

Þingvallavatn, Iceland's largest lake at 30-square miles

Þingvallavatn, Iceland’s largest lake at 30-square miles

The viking and bishop statues at the historic Skálholt Cathedral. The first church was established here in 1056 AD.

The viking and bishop statues at the historic Skálholt Cathedral. The first church was established here in 1056 AD.

View of the back of þingvallakirkja (church) in Þingvellir National Park.

View of the back of þingvallakirkja (church) in Þingvellir National Park.

View of þingvallakirkja and þingvallabaer in Þingvellir National Park.

View of þingvallakirkja and þingvallabaer in Þingvellir National Park.

Detail of lava rock.

Detail of lava rock.

One of the countless waterfalls to be seen in Iceland. This is along a drive to Látrabjarg.

One of the countless waterfalls to be seen in Iceland. This is along a drive to Látrabjarg.

A rainbow is the backdrop for Icelandic horses in West Iceland. The Icelandic horse is unique in that it is descended from stock brought from Norway in the 9th Century, which have remained pure to this day.

A rainbow is the backdrop for Icelandic horses in West Iceland. The Icelandic horse is unique in that it is descended from stock brought from Norway in the 9th Century, which have remained pure to this day.

The mist at Gullfoss (golden falls) where the River Hvítá falls 105 feet into 1.5-mile ravine.

The mist at Gullfoss (golden falls) where the River Hvítá falls 105 feet into a 1.5-mile ravine.

A boiling pot hole at Geysir, a park which features a geyser that erupts every 5 minutes.

A boiling pot hole at Geysir, a park which features a geyser that erupts every 5 minutes.

Garðar, the oldest steel ship in Iceland, built in 1912 and beached here in Skápadalur in 1981.

Garðar, the oldest steel ship in Iceland, built in 1912 and beached here in Skápadalur in 1981.

This freaky little guy was part of an even freakier Teddy Bear exhibit at Hafnarhús Art Museum in Reykjavík.

This freaky little guy was part of an even freakier Teddy Bear exhibit at Hafnarhús Art Museum in Reykjavík.

The fissure at the fault line between the North American and Eurasian Tectonic Plates in Þingvellir National Park.

The fissure at the fault line between the North American and Eurasian Tectonic Plates in Þingvellir National Park.

Dyrhólaey Cliffs

Dyrhólaey Cliffs

Dance of Death at Dyrhólaey Rookery.

Dance of Death at Dyrhólaey Rookery.

Bjargtanger Cliff at Látrabjarg, the westernmost point in Europe.

Bjargtangar Cliff at Látrabjarg, the westernmost point in Europe.

Stones on the beach at Dyrhólaey

Stones on the beach at Dyrhólaey

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