Category Archives: Icelandic Nature

Icelandic Folklore

Roger Smith News investigates the mysteries of Icelandic Folklore with Jon Thordarson. Visit www.rogersmithnews.com and check out our world report for more interesting stories from Iceland. The Roger Smith is a hub for social media in #NYC. People. Art. Food. Wine. For 10% off our best available rooms rate: bit.ly web: rogersmith.com blog: rogersmithlife.com fb: facebook.com twitter: twitter.com
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Ljósufjöll 280810 – The peaks ahead.

The Hiking Club Toppfarar hiking Ljósufjöll in Snæfellsnes Iceland. Clear skies and sunny with warm and still weather. Total of 33 members hiked three highest peaks in Snæfellsnes, Gráni (1.006m), Bleikur (1.047m) and Miðtindur (1.067m) at a 16,8 km in 8:10 hrs. This was a golden hike with laughter all the way up and down again. In this video we are getting near the mountain ridge with all three peaks ahead of us, each of them in their own shape and colour, grey, pink and red !

Alexandra Chernyshova – “Please go” – new video

Beautifull icelandic landscape, drammatic weather, spooky old bridge and touching sensitive Alexandra´s voice in a new music video – ” PLEASE GO” Music and lyrics by Alexandra Chernyshova Video and editing by Jon Hilmarsson Dress from MaryAlex, Ukraine www.maryalex.com.ua Records label – DreamVoices, Iceland www.dreamvoices.is ”

I would like to introduce my new CD * You and only you* which was published in june 2011. This CD included in the beautifull photobook by Jon Hilmarsson with pictures of icelandic nature.There are 101 photos on 96 pages.Names of places and text are both in English and Icelandic. Á geisladiskunum eru 10 lög/ 10 songs on the CD: 1. You and only you – Music and lyrics by A.Chernyshova 2. Please go – Music and lyrics by A.Chernyshova 3. Somewhere over the Rainbow- Music by H.Arlen,lyrics by E.Harburg 4. Time to Say Goodbye – Music by F.Sartori, lyrics by L.Quearantotto 5. Pie Jesu – Music and lyrics by Lloyd Webber 6. Tears
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Lakagígar Highland Iceland

Part-10 Landmannalaugar Highland www.youtube.com Laki or Lakagígar (Craters of Laki) is a volcanic fissure situated in the south of Iceland, not far from the canyon of Eldgjá and the small town Kirkjubæjarklaustur, in Skaftafell National Park. Laki is part of a volcanic system, centering on the Grímsvötn volcano and including the Eldgjá canyon and Katla volcano, and lies between the glaciers of Mýrdalsjökull and Vatnajökull, in an area of fissures which run in a south-west to north-east direction. In AD 934, the Laki system produced a very large volcanic eruption, as a flood basalt in the Eldgjá eruption, which released 19.6 cubic kilometres (4.7 cu mi) of lava. In 1783-1784, the system erupted again, from the Laki fissure and the adjoining Grímsvötn volcano, pouring out an estimated 14 km3 (3.4 cu mi) of basalt lava and clouds of poisonous hydrofluoric acid/sulfur-dioxide compounds that killed over 50% of Iceland’s livestock population, leading to famine which killed approximately 25% of the population. iceland extreme Pictures from Laki and Lakagígar craters in Iceland www.photo.is www.photo.is www.photo.is Here are some more pictures from some new trip this summer on trips with tourist and on my trike or ultralight: (Trip with Peter around Iceland, totally mad this guy, but he is pro!) Peter Hringferð Háifoss Landmannalaugar Fjadrárgljúfur Laki Vatnajökull Hrútárjökull Íshellir Lón Krossgil Hengifoss Kárahnjúkar Hálslón Laugavellir Kverkfjöll Kúluskítur Gjástykki
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Iceland Images – awesome, natural and unique

Images of Iceland. Iceland The land of Fire and Ice is truelly amazing. These Iceland pictures were taken in May during a two week self drive around the Island. WOW, wow and more wow. If you like raw nature you have to visit Iceland. Once out of the city you can expect to see nature at its biggest and best. Raw, natural, unique and special.
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Iceland’s Geothermal Success

Iceland’s Geothermal Success

Article by David Brooks

Iceland seems to be hitting the world-stage for their experience in the development of geothermal power and heating. I for one think they are on to something good.

If you asked some random people what they know about Iceland, most would say the same thing – I heard somewhere that Iceland was name that to keep people away and that Greenland was named to draw people their instead. Or, a derivation on that theme, is it true that Iceland is green and Greenland is really mostly ice? I have heard this countless times when I tell people I lived there. I am not criticizing; Iceland is not a familiar country to most people. Occasionally, though, people will know a little bit about the country and that is usually something related to geothermal.

I lived in Iceland for two years and it was a time that left quite an impression on me. Iceland is not an easy nation to characterize or label. You hear the phrase, fire & ice quite a bit which symbolizes much more than just Iceland’s geology. This phrase is a bit of an oxymoron but seems to sum up much of Iceland including its culture, economy and hardy population.

Iceland has only 300,000 people and an economy that is so small it makes you wonder how it manages on its own, but it does and quite well. One of the reason it does so well is because of it specific geographic location. The country straddles the Mid-Atlantic Ridge, right on the spreading center, or divergent boundary, between two tectonic plates, the North American and Eurasian Plates. All this makes Iceland a hot bed – no pun intended – of volcanic activity and also rich in geothermal reservoirs.

Iceland has been utilizing this geothermal power for decades and they use it to heat about 90% of all homes and produce roughly one quarter of all their electrical needs. Most of their remaining electricity needs come from hydroelectric. So, you might guess that Iceland has a clean environment and you would be right.

Iceland has also helped to transform their economy with this abundant and cheap power by attracting power intensive industries such as primary aluminum smelters. This change is controversial though as many Icelanders believe that their government is selling out one of the last pristine countries in the world. I am not taking sides, though I can understand both arguments. One the one hand, Iceland has few other natural resources and with dwindling fish stocks needs to fine away to attract foreign investment. They are doing this by commoditizing cheap, renewable electricity. On the other hand, there is certainly a value and strong argument to preserving pristine wilderness.

Why I think Iceland is going to be much better known in the coming years is by exporting their nearly unparalleled experience in geothermal development to countries all over the world. I see a future where Icelandic engineers are helping to develop geothermal reservoirs utilizing their innovations and expertise to help solve our growing energy crisis. I am a strong believer in green energy and it seems obvious that that is where we are headed whether we like it or not. So, maybe it is time to get to know this tiny island nation and make friends with all that fire and ice.

Iceland is dedicated to renewable energy development and is one of the few countries with plans to be 100% non-fossil fuel in the near future. They’ll do this with geothermal power plants and hydroelectric power plants.

About the Author

David Brooks is a customer service specialist at Blindsgalore.com, a internet retailer of window treatments, blinds, shutters and shades.