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Suðurland: Southern Region – part 3

Along the Ring Road in Southern Region in Iceland.

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Suðurland: Southern Region

Suðurland: Southern Region – part 2

Sunset in the Southern Region


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Kirkjugólf: Church Floor

Kirkjugólf (Church Floor) – natural basalt pavement – the tops of basalt columns (trap rock) that are in the ground, in the village Kirkjubæjarklaustu (Church Farm Cloister), located along the Ring Road in Southern Region in Iceland.

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Skaftafell

Reynisfjara beach in the rain


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Reynisfjara beach in the rain

Reynisfjara – a black sand beach in near Vík village, at the feet of Reynisfjall mountain in Southern Region of Iceland. Named one of the most beautiful beaches in the world. It is also one of the most dangerous, due to powerful sneaker waves. The name Reynisfjara is connected to the name of Reynisfjall mountain (in Icelandic: fjall – a mountain, fjara – a beach).

Next to the beach there is the Hálsanefshellir Cave (with dark basalt columns) and Reynisdrangar (basalt sea stacks). According to legends Reynisdrangar is either three-masted ship carried vainly by two trolls or the trolls and a woman, who freezed to death beacause of them.

Reynisfjara beach is a filming location of music videos and movies (among others: Noah, Star Trek into Darkness, Dilwale).

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Dyrhólaey and Kirkjufjara beach

Kirkjugólf: Church Floor

Skaftafell


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Dyrhólaey and Kirkjufjara beach

Dyrhólaey (called by seamen as Cape Portland or Blow Hole) – a small peninsula, with a large, natural gate in its south part, the Dyrhólaey Lighthouse (from 1927) on top (120 m) and broad views. The southernmost point in mainland Iceland, located near Vík village (Southern Region). Dyrhólaey is a nesting place for cliff birds (among them: puffins).
Dyrhólaey means door hill island in Icelandic – that peninsula used to be an island (volcanic origin).

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Reynisfjara beach in the rain


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Sólheimasandur Plane Wreck

Remains of the 1973 US Navy Douglas C-117D aircraft that crashed – due to severe icing – on 27 November 1972 in Sólheimasandur (Southern Region, Iceland). That military transport plane was flying from Hofn Hornafjördur Airport to Naval Air Station Keflavik. All seven crew members survived the crash.

Today, the Sólheimasandur plane wreck is a tourist attraction, featured in many music videos (Justin Bieber – I’ll Show You, Ada Szulc & DJ Adamus – Ocean, Dierks Bentley – Black, New Politics – Tonight You’re Perfect) and movies (Dilwale).


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