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Driving around the complete circle road - Summer 2013.Departure from Hirtshals with the ship Norröna

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Town in Northern Jutland where the ship departs for the Faroe Islands and Iceland.
1 Town in Northern Jutland where the ship departs for the Faroe Islands and Iceland.
Hotel Hirtshals - Great view and weather...
2 Hotel Hirtshals - Great view and weather...
Harbour site at Hirtshals. Road sign to the ferry..
3 Harbour site at Hirtshals. Road sign to the ferry..
Almost the end of the day.The sea is still busy with ships...
4 Almost the end of the day.The sea is still busy with ships...
The very end of the day...In Hirtshals.
5 The very end of the day...In Hirtshals.
The lighthouse in Hirtshals.
6 The lighthouse in Hirtshals.
In line for embarkation at the ship Norröna bound for Iceland.
7 In line for embarkation at the ship Norröna bound for Iceland.
In line for embarkation at the ship Norröna bound for Iceland.
8 In line for embarkation at the ship Norröna bound for Iceland.
Norröna at quay in Hirtshals.
9 Norröna at quay in Hirtshals.
We board the ship..
10 We board the ship..
Smyril Line is a Faroese shipping company, linking the Faroe Islands with Denmark and Iceland. "Smyril" is Faroese for merlin.
11 Smyril Line is a Faroese shipping company, linking the Faroe Islands with Denmark and Iceland. "Smyril" is Faroese for merlin.
Ready to go....
12 Ready to go....
Great ad for Faroe Islands.
13 Great ad for Faroe Islands.
Tax Free shopping area.
14 Tax Free shopping area.
Tax Free shopping area.
15 Tax Free shopping area.
Tax Free shopping area.
16 Tax Free shopping area.
Sun deck.
17 Sun deck.
The North Atlantic at dusk.
18 The North Atlantic at dusk.
Sky Bar.
19 Sky Bar.
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The great sea bird gannet was following the ship far far from the shore.
21 The great sea bird gannet was following the ship far far from the shore.
The great sea bird gannet was following the ship far far from the shore.
22 The great sea bird gannet was following the ship far far from the shore.
The great sea bird gannet was following the ship far far from the shore.
23 The great sea bird gannet was following the ship far far from the shore.
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Arrival at the Faroe Islands. The lighthouse on the island Nólsoy.
26 Arrival at the Faroe Islands. The lighthouse on the island Nólsoy.
Nólsoy.
27 Nólsoy.
Steaming into Torshavn..
28 Steaming into Torshavn..
Approaching the harbour at Torshavn.
29 Approaching the harbour at Torshavn.
Tinganes. Historic place at the capital of Faroe Island.
30 Tinganes. Historic place at the capital of Faroe Island.
Side by side in the harbour, with the old danish school ship Georg Stage.
31 Side by side in the harbour, with the old danish school ship Georg Stage.
The Sky Bar serving delightful drinks and fast food for a late hunger..
32 The Sky Bar serving delightful drinks and fast food for a late hunger..
Dining at Norrröna was an absolutely pleasure.
33 Dining at Norrröna was an absolutely pleasure.
We leave the Faroe Islands in the evening, bound for Iceland.
34 We leave the Faroe Islands in the evening, bound for Iceland.
Last view of the Faroe Island.
35 Last view of the Faroe Island.
First sight of iceland...
36 First sight of iceland...
The fog was like pea soup, when we entered Seyðisfjörður.
37 The fog was like pea soup, when we entered Seyðisfjörður.
Seyðisfjörður.
38 Seyðisfjörður.
The port of Seyðisfjörður. East coast of Iceland.
39 The port of Seyðisfjörður. East coast of Iceland.
Waiting for permission to leave the car deck.
40 Waiting for permission to leave the car deck.
Disembarking the ship in Seyðisfjörður habour.
41 Disembarking the ship in Seyðisfjörður habour.
Water height measure device at a mountain river.
42 Water height measure device at a mountain river.
On track to Egilsstaðir - view from the mountain pass down to Seyðisfjörður.
43 On track to Egilsstaðir - view from the mountain pass down to Seyðisfjörður.
Crossing the Highland between Seyðisfjörður and Egilsstaðir.
44 Crossing the Highland between Seyðisfjörður and Egilsstaðir.
Road conditions are not always the best...accidents occurs!
45 Road conditions are not always the best...accidents occurs!
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The haubour at Djúpivogur
50 The haubour at Djúpivogur
Don't talk about the smell - Stockfisch hanging for drying.
51 Don't talk about the smell - Stockfisch hanging for drying.
Late evening - daylight is still on during the summer time..
52 Late evening - daylight is still on during the summer time..
Old farmhouse
53 Old farmhouse
Smyrlabjörg Hotel, Höfn.
54 Smyrlabjörg Hotel, Höfn.
Lonely petrol station on the East Coast
55 Lonely petrol station on the East Coast
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Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon
58 Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon
Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon
59 Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon
Artic Skuas
60 Artic Skuas
Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon
61 Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon
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Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon - it is a polar bear?
63 Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon - it is a polar bear?
Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon
64 Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon
Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon
65 Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon
Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon
66 Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon
Hardy green plant
67 Hardy green plant
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Lupins. In Iceland, the plant has been used to combat erosion. In some places, however, this has caused problems because of the lupin spreading too quickly. It is not native to Iceland but grows very well there. Since other plants find it difficult to root in the loose, eroded soil where it is generally planted, the lupin can grow unhindered and creates monocultures which prevent native flora to flourish.
69 Lupins. In Iceland, the plant has been used to combat erosion. In some places, however, this has caused problems because of the lupin spreading too quickly. It is not native to Iceland but grows very well there. Since other plants find it difficult to root in the loose, eroded soil where it is generally planted, the lupin can grow unhindered and creates monocultures which prevent native flora to flourish.
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Lunch time.
71 Lunch time.
Facts about Sandfjell
72 Facts about Sandfjell
The first church in Sandfell is dated back to before the 1362nd The church was demolished in 1914 - the last burial took place in 1950.
73 The first church in Sandfell is dated back to before the 1362nd The church was demolished in 1914 - the last burial took place in 1950.
The first church in Sandfell is dated back to before the 1362nd The church was demolished in 1914 - the last burial took place in 1950.
74 The first church in Sandfell is dated back to before the 1362nd The church was demolished in 1914 - the last burial took place in 1950.
Skaftafell national park.
75 Skaftafell national park.
Skeiðarársandur, an outwash plain of black sand, at the foot of the Skeiðarárjökull glacier.
76 Skeiðarársandur, an outwash plain of black sand, at the foot of the Skeiðarárjökull glacier.
Skeiðarársandur, an outwash plain of black sand, at the foot of the Skeiðarárjökull glacier.
77 Skeiðarársandur, an outwash plain of black sand, at the foot of the Skeiðarárjökull glacier.
Skeiðarársandur, an outwash plain of black sand, at the foot of the Skeiðarárjökull glacier.
78 Skeiðarársandur, an outwash plain of black sand, at the foot of the Skeiðarárjökull glacier.
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Weird lava formations
81 Weird lava formations
The black shore at Reynishverfi.
82 The black shore at Reynishverfi.
The black shore at Reynishverfi.
83 The black shore at Reynishverfi.
The black shore at Reynishverfi.
84 The black shore at Reynishverfi.
Lupins
85 Lupins
Skógafoss, a 60 meter high waterfall
86 Skógafoss, a 60 meter high waterfall
Drangshlið Hotel, Skógar.
87 Drangshlið Hotel, Skógar.
Drangshlið Hotel, Skógar.
88 Drangshlið Hotel, Skógar.
Fresh clean water - ready to go  for the next day's challenges..
89 Fresh clean water - ready to go for the next day's challenges..
Walking path to the Sólheimajökull glacier.
90 Walking path to the Sólheimajökull glacier.
Walking path to the Sólheimajökull glacier.
91 Walking path to the Sólheimajökull glacier.
Sólheimajökull glacier.
92 Sólheimajökull glacier.
Sólheimajökull glacier.
93 Sólheimajökull glacier.
Sólheimajökull glacier.
94 Sólheimajökull glacier.
Sólheimajökull glacier.
95 Sólheimajökull glacier.
Sólheimajökull glacier.
96 Sólheimajökull glacier.
Modern farmhouse
97 Modern farmhouse
Huge trucks specially designed for the harsh country
98 Huge trucks specially designed for the harsh country
Seljalandsfoss, a lovely waterfall which is very special: you can walk behind it
99 Seljalandsfoss, a lovely waterfall which is very special: you can walk behind it
Geysir hot spring area.
100 Geysir hot spring area.
The famous spouting spring Strokkur.
101 The famous spouting spring Strokkur.
Strokkur.
102 Strokkur.
Bubbling, steaming and boiling springs.
103 Bubbling, steaming and boiling springs.
Bubbling, steaming and boiling springs.
104 Bubbling, steaming and boiling springs.
Kerið. The crater was formed about 6.500 years ago.It is oval, about 270 m long, 170 m wide and 55 deep.
105 Kerið. The crater was formed about 6.500 years ago.It is oval, about 270 m long, 170 m wide and 55 deep.
Entrance to the hotel Selfoss
106 Entrance to the hotel Selfoss
A lake monster guarding the bridge over Selfoss river
107 A lake monster guarding the bridge over Selfoss river
The old port of Reykjavík.
108 The old port of Reykjavík.
Summer season is great for whale watching.
109 Summer season is great for whale watching.
Elding whale watching tours are wildlife excursions.
110 Elding whale watching tours are wildlife excursions.
The whale boat.
111 The whale boat.
A speedy whale tour...
112 A speedy whale tour...
Yes - we saw some whales...
113 Yes - we saw some whales...
Back in Reykjavík old habour.
114 Back in Reykjavík old habour.
Waterfall at Hvalfjörður.
115 Waterfall at Hvalfjörður.
Waterfall at Hvalfjörður.
116 Waterfall at Hvalfjörður.
Parking amongst lupins, Hvalfjörður.
117 Parking amongst lupins, Hvalfjörður.
Secret whale killing station at the bottom of Hvalfjörður.
118 Secret whale killing station at the bottom of Hvalfjörður.
Secret whale killing station at the bottom of Hvalfjörður.
119 Secret whale killing station at the bottom of Hvalfjörður.
The whale killing boat heading back to sea for the next whale..
120 The whale killing boat heading back to sea for the next whale..
Borgarnes, west coast of Iceland.
121 Borgarnes, west coast of Iceland.
Hotel Borganes.
122 Hotel Borganes.
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Hotel Borganes.
124 Hotel Borganes.
Hotel Borganes.
125 Hotel Borganes.
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Deildartunguhver. The water richest heat source on the ground. It produces 180 l 100 degree hot water per second.
128 Deildartunguhver. The water richest heat source on the ground. It produces 180 l 100 degree hot water per second.
Deildartunguhver. The water richest heat source on the ground. It produces 180 l 100 degree hot water per second.
129 Deildartunguhver. The water richest heat source on the ground. It produces 180 l 100 degree hot water per second.
Barnafoss. The legend tells two children fell into the river on Christmas Day from the natural bridge over the water. The mother then destroyed the bridge to prevent recurrence of such tragedy.
130 Barnafoss. The legend tells two children fell into the river on Christmas Day from the natural bridge over the water. The mother then destroyed the bridge to prevent recurrence of such tragedy.
Barnafoss.
131 Barnafoss.
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Not lost in Iceland... Course north on gravel roads.
134 Not lost in Iceland... Course north on gravel roads.
In the middle of nowhere...
135 In the middle of nowhere...
Still not lost..
136 Still not lost..
The famous Icelandic horses - rough build for all weather condition.
137 The famous Icelandic horses - rough build for all weather condition.
The famous Icelandic horses - rough build for all weather condition.
138 The famous Icelandic horses - rough build for all weather condition.
Road monument near Vatnsskarð. North Iceland.
139 Road monument near Vatnsskarð. North Iceland.
River at Vatnsskarð.
140 River at Vatnsskarð.
Viðimýrarkirkja. North Iceland.
141 Viðimýrarkirkja. North Iceland.
Posing in front of the old Viðimýrarkirkja build in 1834. A wooden-frame construction with outer walls covered with turf.
142 Posing in front of the old Viðimýrarkirkja build in 1834. A wooden-frame construction with outer walls covered with turf.
Akureyri late afternoon - an lovely town at the bottom of Eyjafjörður.
143 Akureyri late afternoon - an lovely town at the bottom of Eyjafjörður.
Sveinbjarnargerði Hotel near Akureyri. A beautiful accommodation with a breathtaking view.
144 Sveinbjarnargerði Hotel near Akureyri. A beautiful accommodation with a breathtaking view.
Early morning - ready for new adventures in North Iceland.
145 Early morning - ready for new adventures in North Iceland.
An old tractor licking morning sun...
146 An old tractor licking morning sun...
Goðafoss (gods waterfall)
147 Goðafoss (gods waterfall)
Goðafoss (gods waterfall)
148 Goðafoss (gods waterfall)
Goðafoss (gods waterfall)
149 Goðafoss (gods waterfall)
Goðafoss (gods waterfall)
150 Goðafoss (gods waterfall)
One of the many supply lines for the Goðafoss waterfall.
151 One of the many supply lines for the Goðafoss waterfall.
Mývatn lake. North Iceland.
152 Mývatn lake. North Iceland.
Strange lava formations at the shore of Mývatn.
153 Strange lava formations at the shore of Mývatn.
Dimmuborgir - a beautiful lava labyrinth with very weird lava formations.
154 Dimmuborgir - a beautiful lava labyrinth with very weird lava formations.
Mývatn lake - view from Dimmuborgir.
155 Mývatn lake - view from Dimmuborgir.
Coffee break.
156 Coffee break.
Hverfjall. An explosion 2,500 years ago created this 425 meter high crater
157 Hverfjall. An explosion 2,500 years ago created this 425 meter high crater
Hverfjall. An explosion 2,500 years ago created this 425 meter high crater
158 Hverfjall. An explosion 2,500 years ago created this 425 meter high crater
Hverfjall. An explosion 2,500 years ago created this 425 meter high crater
159 Hverfjall. An explosion 2,500 years ago created this 425 meter high crater
Hverfjall. An explosion 2,500 years ago created this 425 meter high crater
160 Hverfjall. An explosion 2,500 years ago created this 425 meter high crater
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Grótagjá. An underground natural hot bath. But today it is not safe to visit.
162 Grótagjá. An underground natural hot bath. But today it is not safe to visit.
This area of Myvatn is called "Hell Kitchen". Big stinking bubbling mud pools and steam holes tells about powerful volcano activity. In the old days,  Sulfur was collected here for gunpowder production in Denmark
163 This area of Myvatn is called "Hell Kitchen". Big stinking bubbling mud pools and steam holes tells about powerful volcano activity. In the old days, Sulfur was collected here for gunpowder production in Denmark
This area of Myvatn is called "Hell Kitchen". Big stinking bubbling mud pools and steam holes tells about powerful volcano activity. In the old days,  Sulfur was collected here for gunpowder production in Denmark
164 This area of Myvatn is called "Hell Kitchen". Big stinking bubbling mud pools and steam holes tells about powerful volcano activity. In the old days, Sulfur was collected here for gunpowder production in Denmark
This area of Myvatn is called "Hell Kitchen". Big stinking bubbling mud pools and steam holes tells about powerful volcano activity. In the old days,  Sulfur was collected here for gunpowder production in Denmark
165 This area of Myvatn is called "Hell Kitchen". Big stinking bubbling mud pools and steam holes tells about powerful volcano activity. In the old days, Sulfur was collected here for gunpowder production in Denmark
This area of Myvatn is called "Hell Kitchen". Big stinking bubbling mud pools and steam holes tells about powerful volcano activity. In the old days,  Sulfur was collected here for gunpowder production in Denmark
166 This area of Myvatn is called "Hell Kitchen". Big stinking bubbling mud pools and steam holes tells about powerful volcano activity. In the old days, Sulfur was collected here for gunpowder production in Denmark
This area of Myvatn is called "Hell Kitchen". Big stinking bubbling mud pools and steam holes tells about powerful volcano activity. In the old days,  Sulfur was collected here for gunpowder production in Denmark
167 This area of Myvatn is called "Hell Kitchen". Big stinking bubbling mud pools and steam holes tells about powerful volcano activity. In the old days, Sulfur was collected here for gunpowder production in Denmark
This area of Myvatn is called "Hell Kitchen". Big stinking bubbling mud pools and steam holes tells about powerful volcano activity. In the old days,  Sulfur was collected here for gunpowder production in Denmark
168 This area of Myvatn is called "Hell Kitchen". Big stinking bubbling mud pools and steam holes tells about powerful volcano activity. In the old days, Sulfur was collected here for gunpowder production in Denmark
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Beautiful spot for a lunch break
170 Beautiful spot for a lunch break
Beautiful spot for a lunch break
171 Beautiful spot for a lunch break
Thunderstorm approaching the Myvatn lake.
172 Thunderstorm approaching the Myvatn lake.
Thunderstorm approaching the Myvatn lake.
173 Thunderstorm approaching the Myvatn lake.
Myvatn Nature bath - hot and nice
174 Myvatn Nature bath - hot and nice
Narfastaðir Hotel - lonely situated in the countryside.
175 Narfastaðir Hotel - lonely situated in the countryside.
UPS!
176 UPS!
The port of Husavik. North Iceland.
177 The port of Husavik. North Iceland.
The port of Husavik. North Iceland.
178 The port of Husavik. North Iceland.
Church in Husavik. North Iceland.
179 Church in Husavik. North Iceland.
Fisherman's Repair Shop -  just gone for coffee... Husavik
180 Fisherman's Repair Shop - just gone for coffee... Husavik
Unknown species
181 Unknown species
Unknown species
182 Unknown species
The port of Husavik. North Iceland.
183 The port of Husavik. North Iceland.
Oh Yes! ... fish is good - restaurant in Husavik.
184 Oh Yes! ... fish is good - restaurant in Husavik.
Bus stop in the middle of nowhere.. North Iceland.
185 Bus stop in the middle of nowhere.. North Iceland.
A beautiful small lake in a volcano crater. North Iceland.
186 A beautiful small lake in a volcano crater. North Iceland.
A beautiful small lake in a volcano crater. North Iceland.
187 A beautiful small lake in a volcano crater. North Iceland.
Climbing up into Highland at Asbyrgi - in direction south east.
188 Climbing up into Highland at Asbyrgi - in direction south east.
The highlands was windy rainy and cold. The conditions for exploring Jökulsárglúfur Nationalpark was not the best.
189 The highlands was windy rainy and cold. The conditions for exploring Jökulsárglúfur Nationalpark was not the best.
The waterfall Dettifoss in Jökulsárgljúfur National Park. The meltwater fra Vatnajökull delivers 212 tons water per. second.
190 The waterfall Dettifoss in Jökulsárgljúfur National Park. The meltwater fra Vatnajökull delivers 212 tons water per. second.
Jökulsárgljúfur National Park
191 Jökulsárgljúfur National Park
Jökulsárgljúfur National Park
192 Jökulsárgljúfur National Park
Jökulsárgljúfur National Park
193 Jökulsárgljúfur National Park
Jökulsárgljúfur National Park
194 Jökulsárgljúfur National Park
In contrast to Jökulsárgljúfur National Park, we meet sunshine and green leaves down at HrafnaBjorg, where we had accommodation at hotel Svartiskógur.
195 In contrast to Jökulsárgljúfur National Park, we meet sunshine and green leaves down at HrafnaBjorg, where we had accommodation at hotel Svartiskógur.
Hotel Svartiskógur.
196 Hotel Svartiskógur.
Room no. 117
197 Room no. 117
Back in Seyðisfjörður waiting for the ship Norröna, who should take us back to Denmark.
198 Back in Seyðisfjörður waiting for the ship Norröna, who should take us back to Denmark.
Back in Seyðisfjörður waiting for the ship Norröna, who should take us back to Denmark.
199 Back in Seyðisfjörður waiting for the ship Norröna, who should take us back to Denmark.
Mother duck and child in the dock
200 Mother duck and child in the dock
Slowly and quiet Norröna is approaching Seyðisfjörður.
201 Slowly and quiet Norröna is approaching Seyðisfjörður.
Slowly and quiet Norröna is approaching Seyðisfjörður.
202 Slowly and quiet Norröna is approaching Seyðisfjörður.
Slowly and quiet Norröna is approaching Seyðisfjörður.
203 Slowly and quiet Norröna is approaching Seyðisfjörður.
The ship is safe on the quay - waiting to take the load of cars and passengers.
204 The ship is safe on the quay - waiting to take the load of cars and passengers.
The ship is safe on the quay - waiting to take the load of cars and passengers.
205 The ship is safe on the quay - waiting to take the load of cars and passengers.
Shopping area onboard.
206 Shopping area onboard.
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The comfort onboard was absolutely top class..
208 The comfort onboard was absolutely top class..
Cabin area.
209 Cabin area.
Window views
210 Window views
North of Shetland Island..
211 North of Shetland Island..
The ship map.
212 The ship map.
Cabin area.
213 Cabin area.
The sea bird gannet was following us again at open sea...
214 The sea bird gannet was following us again at open sea...
The sea bird gannet was following us again at open sea...
215 The sea bird gannet was following us again at open sea...
Last turn before we arriving at Hirtshals, Denmark.
216 Last turn before we arriving at Hirtshals, Denmark.
End of a breathtaking journey ....
217 End of a breathtaking journey ....