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Val Safari / Whale Safari – Iceland 22 july 2011

Man kan tycka att 12 min är i längsta laget men jag har då plockat ut godbitarna åt er ;o) You might think 12 minutes is long, but I have taken out the best parts for you ;o) Vi hade riktigt tur, både med väder och safarin i övrigt. Den lugna ljusa vattenytan var perfekt för valskådning ^.^ Vi såg 2 sorters val, Vikval och Tumlare, den senare lyckades jag inte fånga vare sig på bild eller film. En grupp Vitnosdelfiner visade sig också för oss. De flesta av valarna var Vikvalar på mycket nära håll dessutom. Stundom var vi helt omringade =oD På vägen tillbaka mot hamn stötte vi på något mycket sällsynt, en Brugd. De första bilderna är Brugdens nos som man ser. Man kan verkligen säga att vi hade en kanondag. Dagen efter ställdes turen in pga dåligt väder. **English We where extremly lucky, both weather wise and safari wise. The calm light surface in the bay was perfect for whale watching ^.^ We saw 2 kinds of whales, Minke whale and Harbour porpoise, the last mentioned I unfortunately didn’t get on photograph or video.We also saw a group of White-beaked Dolphins. Most of them we saw was Minke whales and very close to. Sometimes we was surrounded by them =oD On the way back to the harbor we run into a very rare one, a Barking shark (not harmful to man). The first frames is the sharks nose you see. You could say it was a lucky day over all. The day after the tour was canceled due to bad wheather. 2011-07-22
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Iceland, the most unique of all Nordic countries

Iceland, the most unique of all Nordic countries

Article by Dagur Jonsson

The country of Iceland is very different from other countries in its region which is popularly known as “Nordic region” or “Nordic countries”. The reason is Iceland’s entire landscape which is covered by plateaus, volcanoes, geysers and glaciers and most importantly very big uninhabited and unpopulated areas. Iceland has got the world’s biggest count of natural hot geysers and hot springs.

This relatively cooler country of Iceland lies on the extreme North West border of Europe [more towards north and less towards west] between the tundra zone with moorlands without trees and huge pine forest zones. The ancient remains of birch forest are still visible at many places. Bogs and marshes are found in plenty. As little as only 25 percent of total land is covered by green vegetation and out of this only one percent is covered by trees. Only one percent of Iceland contains arable lands and market gardens. The season for cultivation is very small in Iceland. Hence, all agricultural products are more concentrated towards animal farming. The maximum part of arable land is utilized for the cultivation of hay and other foodstuffs.

Not only in Iceland but in whole Nordic region, climate is controlled by two important factors. 1. Their position in that particular area, and2. their proximity to the Atlantic ocean with the gulf stream

The more northern position means that the average temperature will remain very low i.e. around or below zero during the coolest months of winter. It has been recorded in books that Iceland has never recorded the average temperature of more than 19 degrees from 1961 till 1990. In other Nordic countries like Norway and Sweden, there is a bigger difference between the temperature in winters of northern region and southern region as the land stretches from far south to far north.

And because the location if Iceland lies in extreme north, it is far more cool than one can expect, in winters especially. The mean temperature of capital city Reykjavik is five degrees and the temperatures in January and July are -0.4 degrees and 11 degrees respectively. The southern part and south coast of Iceland receives an annual rainfall of 3000 MM and this quantity decreases to around 400 MM in highlands and in north of Vatnajokull.

In whole it can be said that the weather of Iceland is not reliable as it depends mostly on the atmospheric pressure going trans-Atlantic. The passage of this depression from southern Iceland makes weather more dry and cold there. The passage of this depression from north east Iceland and Greenland makes weather mild and dry in that area. The coastal areas of Iceland are windy and gales are very common here in winter season and thunderstorms are not that common.

The southern and western coasts and parts of Iceland are relatively hotter in winter and this is all due to warm waters flowing in gulf streams. July and august are the warmest months of this region and the quality of weather improves as one moves towards north and east. These directions have more chances of clear weather but in interior deserts can show you blizzards and strong winds flowing along with dust and sand. In Iceland there is continuous day for two or three months i.e. early spring and late autumn. During summers the sun never sets especially in June. Tours are organized to the island of grimsey where one can view the most spectacular scene of his life “the midnight sun”. It is always advised to go through weather forecasts before you check in to Iceland because there is no guarantee of it.

About the Author

Dagur Jonsson is the editor of Iceland Guest, a website specializing in tourist information for travelers to Iceland. For more information visit www.icelandguest.com

Fascinating Glaciers Of Iceland

Fascinating Glaciers Of Iceland

Article by Bjorn Olav Jonsson

One of the most fascinating things of Iceland is the glaciers present here. These glaciers cover more than 11 percent of the total land area of this country. All types of glaciers are found here in Iceland. Below is the narration of two most popular and the biggest glaciers in every aspect, of Iceland

VATNAJOKULL

This glacier was named after some sub-glacial lakes, which were situated in the centre of a very volcanically active region. So far, it is the largest glacier of Iceland as well as Europe with an area of 8100 square kilometers. The average thickness of this glacier is 400 meters and at many places it is as thick as 1100 meters. It contains about 3300 cubic kilometers of ice. The sub-glacial landscape of this glacier is a plateau with lots of valleys and ravines. The highest icecap of this glacier is around 1800 meters above the sea level. The ablation elevation has lots of difference in each direction. Its 1100 meters in south, 1200 meters in west and 1300 meters in north. Many small and big sized glaciers are formed and flow towards the low lying areas. It is the most researched glacier in Iceland and one of the most researched in the world. One such research was started in 1934, following the eruption in the lake region. At that time a glaciological society was formed and it has continued its research every year. This society has many huts on the many icecaps of this glacier. The last eruption in lake region was witnessed in 1996 and then in 1998.

LANGJOKULL (THE LONG GLACIER)

The long glacier is the second largest glacier of Iceland. It covers an area of around 950 square kilometers. It highest peak is around 1300 meters above the sea level. It is set on the hump of Hyaloclastite Mountains. The rise is highest on the southern and northern part of the mountain. People do not know much about it because glaciological society has not researched on it to the extent, they should have done. This society has its hut at Nunatak Fjallkirjan which is 1228 meters above the sea level. The southwestern part of the icecap is named Gietlandsjokull at its height is more than 1400 meters at the elevation. One can get some excellent view from the peak, taking into consideration, if the weather is fine and the day is sunny and clear. At some distance from Gietlandsjokull is another part of glacier called the Thorisjokull. Its height is 1350 meters. According to some ancient stories, it was named after the name Agre Thorir who used to live in the green valley situated in the pass between the glaciers.

Many little glaciers are generated from this big glacier and all have their particular introduction. Nowadays, there is no snow or ice on the top of the mountain called Ok which is 1198 meters high. This mountain is very famous as it lies in the way of the Kaldidalur route. Two very famous glaciers are surrounding this bigger glacier. One is Eiriksjokull and the other is Hrutafell. These two glaciers are the suppliers of water to the country’s biggest natural lake, geothermal area in the west and also the geysers area.

About the Author

Bjorn Olav Jonsson is a freelance writer. For further information visit the website, www.icelandguest.com.

A Simple Guide To Traveling In Iceland

A Simple Guide To Traveling In Iceland

Article by Gen Wright

Iceland is a very small country, with slightly over three hundred thousand people living in it. But being small doesn’t stop thousands of tourists from flocking to this beautiful country for sight seeing purposes. That is because the country is naturally endowed with many natural attractions, such as beautiful lakes, beaches, and hiking trails. One can expect to see breath-taking scenes of wide open fields, with horses grazing or galloping around, and beautiful bodies of water such as lakes, valleys and waterfalls.

The name itself may come across as kind of strange, because the country itself isn’t cold all year round. In fact, only about ten percent of the country is icy. The rest of the country is in somewhat mild weather, and it’s the perfect weather for tourists seeking a cooling vacation.

The greatest attraction about Iceland is that the country is left mostly unpolluted by human. As such, large parts of the country still contains many natural attractions. The country itself is well known for its low crime rate, which makes it safe for travelers to visit these beautiful sites with little worry. More active travelers may attempt to take on something more ambitious, like hiking or mountain biking.

In Iceland, the primary mode of transport is still the personal automobile. Almost everyone owns a car in Iceland. And drivers as young as seventeen years of age can own and drive a car on the roads of this tiny country. For a foreign visitor, perhaps it’s best to arrange for a rented car when visiting Iceland. This will help save lots of time, especially when traveling between various destinations and hotels. The roads are simple enough to navigate, and go round the entire island. Given the relatively small land surface of the country, it’s not easy to get lost. Hence, it is indeed a good idea to drive while in Iceland.

Speaking of hotels, accommodation is very well catered for in Iceland. The hotels in Iceland are generally categorized into five categories. You can find Hotels in Reykjavik, Hotels in the East, Hotels in the West, Hotels in the North, and Hotels in the South. Which hotel you want to stay in depends very much on the destinations you want to visit and your budget. For the greatest convenience, you may want to book a hotel in Reykjavik.

Reykjavik is Iceland’s capital, and it’s also where you can find the most number of hotels. There are different types of hotels that will suit your budget. If you are on a tight budget, you may wish to consider staying in a cabin hotel. A cabin hotel matches the natural environment of Iceland’s largely unpolluted environment. It will give you a more comfortable feeling overall.

If you wish to head further out to see other parts of the country, you may consider staying in one of the hotels located on North, South, East and West parts of the island. Despite the natural surroundings, hotels in Iceland comes equipped with modern facilities such as Internet access, parking facilities, and even conference facilities. So rest assured that you are not heading into the woods where you are cut off from the rest of this world!

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