Hvannadalshnúkur


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June 17th 2011
Published: September 11th 2011EDIT THIS ENTRY

Average camping cost/night touring Iceland for ~2 weeks: $10 on VISA debit. Cup of good Gevalia coffee: ~$2 on VISA debit. The knowledge that you'll soon be somewhere where the summer temperature is above 55°F: priceless. Some things are indeed priceless, like the sun which did not make much of an appearance in Iceland while I was there. That did not stop me from summitting Iceland's hi... Read Full Entry



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BAI - big ass icicles.
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The one crevasse we had to negotiate. Looks bigger than it was.
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No shortage of ice. It is Iceland after all.
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The endless plateau seemed even more endless on the descent.
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The still endless descent.
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"Glacier Lagoon" where huge chunks of the Breiðamerkurjökull Glacier (part of the massive Vatnajökull Icecap) begin their voyage to eventually wreak havoc on Kate Winslet and Leonardo Dicaprio.
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There is a small Zodiac center right to provide some perspective. Physics 101: only ~10% of any iceberg is above the water surface. Come to think of it, that was in saltwater. Probably less of the iceberg is above the surface in freshwater.
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Vatnajökull in the distance. Largest ice cap in Europe.
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Heading out to sea. The icebergs can remain in the lagoon for 5 years.
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Waterfall of the Gods. Icelandic uses a few old Viking letters such as "ð."



12th September 2011

So cool! :-)
Can't say this trip report makes me want to rush out to visit Iceland... although Seattle didn't get that much warmer than 55F this summer either. Seems now you've been everywhere except Antarctica. When's that trip gonna be?
13th September 2011

Hi Cindy, I didn't paint a pretty picture which is too bad because it is beautiful. Just had bad luck and a cold start to the summer. Bad weather really limits what you can do in Iceland much more than any other place I can remember. And being expensive didn\'t make matters any better. More inspiring blogs to come from Russia and Turkey...

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