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[17 Sep 2011|12:31am]
Turf HousesSome old turf houses on a farm, west of Núpsstaður.

Turf Houses


Some old turf houses on a farm, west of Núpsstaður.



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[16 Sep 2011|12:30am]
On the Ring RoadOn the ring road, driving through fields of moss-covered lava.

On the Ring Road


On the ring road, driving through fields of moss-covered lava.




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[15 Sep 2011|12:30am]
BrunahraunBrunahraun, a huge field of moss-covered lava. The field stretches for kilometres, and I think I recall seeing a couple farms amidst it.

Brunahraun


Brunahraun, a huge field of moss-covered lava. The field stretches for kilometres, and I think I recall seeing a couple farms amidst it.



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[14 Sep 2011|12:32am]
ÞverárfjallThe southern cliffside of the hill Þverárfjall. I couldn’t find a name for the farm in this area.

Þverárfjall


The southern cliffside of the hill Þverárfjall. I couldn’t find a name for the farm in this area.



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[13 Sep 2011|12:31am]
Huge BouldersI was impressed by this collection of huge boulders at the bottom of Foss á Siðu (literally, “waterfall at Siða”). The fence ladder on the bottom is also a common sight in Iceland.

Huge Boulders


I was impressed by this collection of huge boulders at the bottom of Foss á Siðu (literally, “waterfall at Siða”). The fence ladder on the bottom is also a common sight in Iceland.



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[12 Sep 2011|12:30am]
Foss á SiðuFoss á Siðu, or “waterfall at Siða”, just off the ring road east of Kirkjubæjarklaustur. The wind was blowing this one all over the area. Some of the waterfalls in Iceland are reputed to “flow backwards” when the wind is strong enough.

Foss á Siðu


Foss á Siðu, or “waterfall at Siða”, just off the ring road east of Kirkjubæjarklaustur. The wind was blowing this one all over the area. Some of the waterfalls in Iceland are reputed to “flow backwards” when the wind is strong enough.



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[11 Sep 2011|12:30am]
The SistersA sculpture of the two sisters who have quite some fame around Kirkjubæjarklaustur. Folk takes state that two of the nuns in the area were sinful - one sold her soul to the Devil, while the other spoke blasphemously of the Pope.

The Sisters


A sculpture of the two sisters who have quite some fame around Kirkjubæjarklaustur. Folk takes state that two of the nuns in the area were sinful - one sold her soul to the Devil, while the other spoke blasphemously of the Pope.



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[10 Sep 2011|12:32am]
Glen with the HorsesThis was the first time we had a chance to get close to some Icelandic horses. They were curious at first but got bored quickly.

Glen with the Horses


This was the first time we had a chance to get close to some Icelandic horses. They were curious at first but got bored quickly.



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[09 Sep 2011|12:30am]
Rusted HandleAt the edge of Systravatn (sisters’ lake) above Kirkjubæjarklaustur, we stumbled upon a small hut housing some kind of pump, or water device. The window was covered in a beautiful layer of mould, accompanied by this amazing handle.

Rusted Handle


At the edge of Systravatn (sisters’ lake) above Kirkjubæjarklaustur, we stumbled upon a small hut housing some kind of pump, or water device. The window was covered in a beautiful layer of mould, accompanied by this amazing handle.




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[08 Sep 2011|12:30am]
SystravatnThe shore of Systravatn (sisters’ lake), a small lake on the plateau above Kirkjubæjarklaustur. When the lake overflows, it runs down the stream in the foreground and falls down the cliff to form Systrafoss (sisters’ waterfall).

Systravatn


The shore of Systravatn (sisters’ lake), a small lake on the plateau above Kirkjubæjarklaustur. When the lake overflows, it runs down the stream in the foreground and falls down the cliff to form Systrafoss (sisters’ waterfall).



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[07 Sep 2011|12:30am]
School and Swimming PoolThis centre forms one of the two hubs of Kirkjubæjarklaustur (the other being the gas station), and functions as a school, public swimming pool and possibly a hotel. Kirkjubæjarklaustur is the only population centre in the area, and it only has about 140 inhabitants. The river Skaftá runs in the background.

School and Swimming Pool


This centre forms one of the two hubs of Kirkjubæjarklaustur (the other being the gas station), and functions as a school, public swimming pool and possibly a hotel. Kirkjubæjarklaustur is the only population centre in the area, and it only has about 140 inhabitants.

The river Skaftá runs in the background.



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[06 Sep 2011|12:31am]
Kirkjugólf, or church floor, was particularly awesome. We saw basalt columns all over southern Iceland. It makes me want to go see the Giant’s Causeway in Ireland.

Kirkjugólf, or church floor, was particularly awesome. We saw basalt columns all over southern Iceland. It makes me want to go see the Giant’s Causeway in Ireland.



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[05 Sep 2011|12:32am]
Sheep!More sheep on the plateau above Kirkjubæjarklaustur. There were lots of them, scattered around, grazing late at night.

Sheep!


More sheep on the plateau above Kirkjubæjarklaustur. There were lots of them, scattered around, grazing late at night.



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[04 Sep 2011|12:30am]
Sunset SheepWe found a flock of sheep wandering around on top of Kvennaklif (womens’ cliff), above Kirkjubæjarklaustur. They wouldn’t let us get near them, but they were really cute.

Sunset Sheep


We found a flock of sheep wandering around on top of Kvennaklif (womens’ cliff), above Kirkjubæjarklaustur. They wouldn’t let us get near them, but they were really cute.




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[03 Sep 2011|12:32am]
Breiðbalakvísl and KeldunúpurA few out east from Kvennaklif, above Kirkjubæjarklaustur. The marshy land is Breiðbalakvísl, and the hill in the far background is Keldunúpur. This was taken during dusk, with some amount of cloud. Iceland never really got much darker than this during my trip.

Breiðbalakvísl and Keldunúpur


A few out east from Kvennaklif, above Kirkjubæjarklaustur. The marshy land is Breiðbalakvísl, and the hill in the far background is Keldunúpur. This was taken during dusk, with some amount of cloud. Iceland never really got much darker than this during my trip.




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[02 Sep 2011|12:32am]
Lava MoundA big mound of old lava. Taken in the field near Kirkjugólf, in the small community of Kirkjubæjarklaustur. The cliff rising up on the right is the east end of Kvennaklif, which runs above the town.

Lava Mound


A big mound of old lava. Taken in the field near Kirkjugólf, in the small community of Kirkjubæjarklaustur. The cliff rising up on the right is the east end of Kvennaklif, which runs above the town.



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[01 Sep 2011|12:30am]
An Icelandic ForestAcross southern Iceland, we sometimes saw little lots with houses, densely surrounded by trees. In the normally tree-less landscape, they really stand out. This one is just outside Kirkjubæjarklaustur.

An Icelandic Forest


Across southern Iceland, we sometimes saw little lots with houses, densely surrounded by trees. In the normally tree-less landscape, they really stand out. This one is just outside Kirkjubæjarklaustur.




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[31 Aug 2011|12:31am]
Group Shot!The three of us, hanging out on a fence ladder on the plateau above Kirkjubæjarklaustur. Nice Icelandic summer-sunset in the background.

Group Shot!


The three of us, hanging out on a fence ladder on the plateau above Kirkjubæjarklaustur. Nice Icelandic summer-sunset in the background.



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[30 Aug 2011|12:30am]
KirkjugólfKirkjugólf, or church floor, is a small field of smooth basalt columns in a field in the small community of Kirkjubæjarklaustur. They are formed when fresh lava cools really slowly, and cracks form throughout them, similar to how cracks form in dried mud.

Kirkjugólf


Kirkjugólf, or church floor, is a small field of smooth basalt columns in a field in the small community of Kirkjubæjarklaustur. They are formed when fresh lava cools really slowly, and cracks form throughout them, similar to how cracks form in dried mud.



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[29 Aug 2011|12:32am]
Skaftá at KirkjubæjarklausturThe river Skaftá, as it passes through the small community of Kirkjubæjarklaustur (that means “church farm cloister”). I believe the big rock in the centre is called Systrastapi (“rock of the sisters”), apparently where two sinful nuns from the old cloister (from which the community takes its name) were buried.

Skaftá at Kirkjubæjarklaustur


The river Skaftá, as it passes through the small community of Kirkjubæjarklaustur (that means “church farm cloister”). I believe the big rock in the centre is called Systrastapi (“rock of the sisters”), apparently where two sinful nuns from the old cloister (from which the community takes its name) were buried.



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