The Icelandic Coastline
August 7, 2007 8:40 PM   Subscribe

The Icelandic coastline. A gallery of photos of the rugged, cold, and beautiful coast of Iceland.
posted by Gamblor (32 comments total) 30 users marked this as a favorite
 
Wow. Summer must be a magical time there. Are people allowed to walk on this?
posted by Burhanistan at 8:44 PM on August 7, 2007


This is awesome. Thank you.
posted by psmith at 8:46 PM on August 7, 2007


:o

My mouth is hanging wide open.
posted by Slarty Bartfast at 9:00 PM on August 7, 2007


His mountaneering shots from Nepal are pretty stunning as well.
posted by Devils Rancher at 9:03 PM on August 7, 2007


Stunning. Iceland just got extra highlighted in my list of places to go!
posted by jacalata at 9:04 PM on August 7, 2007


Ahh, so nice! Makes me want to go even MORE than before!
posted by gemmy at 9:08 PM on August 7, 2007


Iceland has a per capita GDP of $38,000, a beautiful landscape, a small population, no militarism. On paper it is one of the best places to live in the world. I just wish I knew the language so I could blend in when I go. It's a shame their suicide rate is so high
posted by Gnostic Novelist at 9:13 PM on August 7, 2007


"Be humbled in Iceland"
posted by Burhanistan at 9:29 PM on August 7, 2007


My mouth is hanging wide open.
I would have pegged you as more of a fjord man.
posted by potch at 9:44 PM on August 7, 2007 [5 favorites]


oooh, I wnt to stay here.

Lovely pics.

Iceland rocks. Literally. Lots of jagged, moonscape volcanic lava. Used to be used as lunar landing practice.

Wonderful, beautiful people. Probably the most beautiful people I've ever seen up to their mid-20's. The wind and cold age their skin after that. Incredible northern lights. Used to be statistically the greatest consumption of books, Coca-cola and booze per capita in the world. Literate drunks. Water heated by sulfur springs, so your silver turns black. Almost no trees, anywhere.

The language is complex but the locals are great communicators and teachers.
posted by nickyskye at 10:01 PM on August 7, 2007 [1 favorite]


It's kind of funny that just out of the frame, to the right of this photo is a big-ass aluminium refinery (you can see the pictured house at the bottom).
posted by Zero Gravitas at 10:01 PM on August 7, 2007 [1 favorite]


Hey! I coulda sworn I saw Björk peeking out from behind one of those crags.

Or maybe it's an elf...
posted by flapjax at midnite at 10:27 PM on August 7, 2007


Beautiful.

Thanks for that.
posted by marvin at 10:45 PM on August 7, 2007


Gorgeous!
posted by amyms at 11:31 PM on August 7, 2007


"a big-ass aluminium refinery (you can see the pictured house at the bottom)"

it looks like the building on the right and the one on the upper side of the complex are built with Sketch-Up
posted by sandworm at 11:55 PM on August 7, 2007


I actually have distant family (through my half-icelandic stepdad) that kept a lighthouse very much like the one in the 'moonlit lighthouse' picture. These pictures are wonderful but show a very different side of iceland than one sees most of the time.

It's an amazing place, but mostly it's weird and gray and rainy. Oh, and those long empty fields are full of 12 inch hillocks that slow your foot speed down to about one mile per hour and cause intense calf pain. Plus, the volcanic ash fields (of which there are hundreds, if not thousands) will actually cause you to see stuff if you're in them for a while.

But I really want to go back. Great people.
posted by lumpenprole at 12:03 AM on August 8, 2007


Gorgeous. Thank you.
posted by homunculus at 1:33 AM on August 8, 2007


I just wish I knew the language so I could blend in when I go.

It's easy - it can be learnt in a week apparently.

Thanks for the link - beautiful.
posted by The Ultimate Olympian at 2:23 AM on August 8, 2007


Long Exposures in Iceland
posted by chuckdarwin at 2:50 AM on August 8, 2007


The midnight sun picture blew my mind. The consequences of being above or near the arctic circle is easy enough to comprehend on a theoretical level, but damn...how strange it would be to go out at 12 at night and see that!
posted by invitapriore at 6:15 AM on August 8, 2007


Slarty Bartfast said "My mouth is hanging wide open."


Huh? Shouldn't you be the LAST person to be surprised by the beauty of rugged coastlines?
posted by John Kenneth Fisher at 7:05 AM on August 8, 2007 [7 favorites]


Certainly not as amazing as the other pictures posted here, but when I was in Iceland recently, I took some pictures of ice also. It's hard not to.
posted by newdaddy at 7:08 AM on August 8, 2007


nickyskye: greatest consumption of...Coca-cola

I thought this was just one of those features of a really wealthy small population, but they're actually quite nuts about it. The only stuff I could find in stores were gigantic tall boy-sized cans.

No wonder they can stay up drinking all night.
posted by Adam_S at 7:12 AM on August 8, 2007


Wow.
posted by JPowers at 8:41 AM on August 8, 2007


Fantastic pics. Nice find.
posted by 6550 at 9:33 AM on August 8, 2007


I let out a little involuntary moan when I saw the picture of the arch. Thank you.
posted by tatiana wishbone at 11:02 AM on August 8, 2007


Remarkable, thank you so much for this. We are sweltering in 100 degree weather today, and to look at pictures of this oasis make me feel cooler.
posted by msali at 11:22 AM on August 8, 2007


My wife and I loved Iceland when we visited a few years back. If it were at all feasible we'd buy a house and emigrate there. Here are a few of our favourite photos from that trip. In the first photo we're on opposite sides of an extinct volcano; you can just see my wife in the lower left corner.
posted by The Card Cheat at 11:37 AM on August 8, 2007


Oops...I meant to include this shot.
posted by The Card Cheat at 11:41 AM on August 8, 2007


My parents are going to Iceland next week (and Norway) - thanks for these. Beautiful.
posted by vronsky at 11:46 AM on August 8, 2007


One of the most beautiful places on earth. I want desperately to cycle around Iceland but I'm too damn disorganised to sort it out.
posted by piscatorius at 1:29 PM on August 8, 2007 [1 favorite]


One of the most beautiful places on earth. I want desperately to cycle around Iceland but I'm too damn disorganised to sort it out.
posted by piscatorius at 1:31 PM on August 8, 2007


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