The most photographed waterfall in Iceland is the Gullfoss. The Gullfoss is one of the 3 major natural attractions in Icelands Golden Circle [the other 2 being the Great Geyser and Þingvellir National Park]

The Hvítá River, which flows underneath the Langjökull glacier, is fed by Langjökulls melting ice. Gullfoss, which spans the width of the Hvítá River, falls 32 meters in two stages and it’s water flows 133 kilometers into the Atlantic.

The Gullfoss is so powerful that you may wonder how its possible that it still stands as a natural beauty, as opposed to having corporate interests try to use it for power.

At one time there was thought to using Gullfoss for hydroelectricity, but due to lack of funds and some other issues, the falls were purchased by the government of Iceland and eventually conserved.

There is a second story about the conservation of the falls. It’s said that a landowner was going to sell the property, and his daughter Sigríður Tómasdottir threatened to throw herself into the falls if the land was sold. This prompted her father to back out of the deal and make the falls a reserve. True story or not, while at the falls you can see a memorial commemorating Sigríður Tómasdottir. [I like this story better!!].

[For some perspective on how large the falls are, check out the second photograph and see the guys on the rock formation tonthe left].

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Jokulsarlon glacier lagoon, one of the stops on our road trip, is about 60 km east of Skaftafell National Park and almost 400 km from Reykjavik, and is at the base of the Vatnajokull glacier.

The outlet glacier of Vatnajokull is  Breidamerkurjokull, which is  Europes biggest glacier.

Large portions of the Breidamerkurjokull glacier crumble and break off, creating large icebergs that tumble down the steep mountainside of the glacier into the Jokulsarlon glacier lagoon. This is a constant process with the icebergs melting away as they float in the lagoon, or are carried to the sea by the glacial river.

I’ve seen the lagoon in movies, it was featured in the movies James Bonds Die Another Day and Lara Crofts Tomb Raider.

It was somewhat foggy/hazy on the day we were there; Breidamerkurjokull glacier was a bit obscured, but my breath was taken away when I saw the sheer magnitude of the icebergs in the lagoon. Looking at the brilliant white and stunning blue icebergs, I was thinking  yes, I have arrived in the land of ice.

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©2010 Adriana Durian Photography

©2010 Adriana Durian Photography

It was a bit of a trek, but we made our way to the swimming pool close to where Eyjafjallajökull erupted on April 3rd, 2010.

What struck me most during the walk was the greyish-black landscape. There was inches of lava dust on the ground with ever resilient plant life pushing themselves through the dust. At times during the walk I was awestruck by the sheer magnetude of the devistation of the eruption; but amazed at how quickly the plant live was rebounding.

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Walking to the pool … notice the mountain in the background fully covered in lava dust.

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Water from the glacier above is collected here….

[when you double click on this, you can see the just how much lava dust is sitting on the pipes & ground]

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…and runs through pipes into the pool

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The Pool

To see what this area looked like before the eruption, go to

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Not at all daunted by the signage that declared the pool closed, the boys changed into their swimsuits and went for a dip.

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Walking back

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Bird tracks in the lava dust

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I love birds … big birds, small birds, fat birds, tall birds. I used to have a bird zoo – 7 large parrots, peacocks, ginnie fowl, chickens, ducks. I even used to have a boss whose last name was Bird .

So when Ragga took me into town for the day and we saw an older man with a young boy feeding the seagulls, we stopped and took some pictures.

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©2010 Adriana Durian Photography

©2010 Adriana Durian Photography

Today, as I was sitting in front of the computer, the wind blew through the room and pulled me out into the wilderness … the wilderness of Goldstream Provincial Park. I live in a part of the world where the land is lush, green, and beautiful. As  life gets busier with commitments which need to be met,  it’s easy to speed by one of these special places and not take notice. But today I let the wind lead me, for a short time, away from editing and the business of doing business.

It was a good day…..

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copyright 2010 Adriana Durian Photography

copyright 2010 Adriana Durian Photography

copyright 2010 Adriana Durian Photography

copyright 2010 Adriana Durian Photography

copyright 2010 Adriana Durian Photography

copyright 2010 Adriana Durian Photography