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Reykjavik and area

These pix are from a long weekend in Reykjavik in early March.

The prime purpose was to see the aurora borealis or northern lights, which I did.

However, they are not generally as spectacular as tv/videos and magazines lead you to think.
Obviously, only exceptional aurora are worth publishing!
The most common form is just a static white arc/band rising up from the horizon.
When photographed, this band can appear (as in my case) green, because digi cameras have
twice as many green sensors as either blue or red.

My aurora shots were taken using multispot focusing (single spot didn't work!) and had about 4seconds exposure on 400iso.

I also visited the Gullfoss waterfall, the Geisir fields, Thingvellir and continental divide...
although the weather was really awful for all of these: very overcast with cold, high winds.

The following two days were much warmer and sunnier. I visited the Blue Lagoon,
saw the aurora and walked around Reykjavik.

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Gullfoss crowd
Gullfoss crowd
Gullfoss (Golden)
Gullfoss (Golden)
Gullfoss waterfall
Gullfoss waterfall
Geisir fields_steam chimney
Geisir fields_steam chimney
Strokkur preparing an eruption
Strokkur preparing an eruption
Strokkur geyser start of eruption
Strokkur geyser start of eruption
Strokkur erupting (it does do every 5 to 10 minuyes)
Strokkur erupting (it does do every 5 to 10 minuyes)
Strokkur mouth after eruption
Strokkur mouth after eruption
American wall along the continental divide
American wall along the continental divide
Inlet into continental divide lake
Inlet into continental divide lake
Law Rock of Althingi
Law Rock of Althingi
Church in continental divide
Church in continental divide
View back along American Wall track with Lake and mountains
View back along American Wall track with Lake and mountains
Rift and lake at end of American Wall track
Rift and lake at end of American Wall track
Blue Lagoon
Blue Lagoon
Blue Lagoon white and black islands
Blue Lagoon white and black islands
White car_Blue Lagoon
White car_Blue Lagoon
Dwarf plants amongst mosses Blue Lagoon
Dwarf plants amongst mosses Blue Lagoon
Geothermal steam_Blue Lagoon
Geothermal steam_Blue Lagoon
Relaxing in the heated Blue Lagoon
Relaxing in the heated Blue Lagoon
Church tower by City Pond Reykjavik poss Stoffnun Frikirkja
Church tower by City Pond Reykjavik poss Stoffnun Frikirkja
Feeding the ducks geese and swans City Pond Reykjavik geothermally heated water
Feeding the ducks geese and swans City Pond Reykjavik geothermally heated water
Noisy whooper swan City Pond_Reykjavik
Noisy whooper swan City Pond_Reykjavik
Ingolfur Arnarson_first Icelandic settler_ Reykjavik c 874AD
Ingolfur Arnarson_first Icelandic settler_ Reykjavik c 874AD
Ingolfur Arnarson detail_Reykjavik
Ingolfur Arnarson detail_Reykjavik
Hallgrimskirkja Reykjavik_despite being made of concrete, I think that this church has a pleasant feel to it
Hallgrimskirkja Reykjavik_despite being made of concrete, I think that this church has a pleasant feel to it
Part of Hallgrimskirkja tower
Part of Hallgrimskirkja tower
RE303 returning to harbour
RE303 returning to harbour
Andrea returning from whale watching to harbour
Andrea returning from whale watching to harbour
Aurora (but white to the eye as mentioned)
Aurora (but white to the eye as mentioned)
Aurora
Aurora
Aurora
Aurora
Reykjavik's very weird Music cum Conference centre
Reykjavik's very "weird" Music cum Conference centre
Music Centre structure
Music Centre structure
Reykjavic view  from Hallgrimskirkja Eastwards
Reykjavic view from Hallgrimskirkja Eastwards
Reykjavik closer view of docks harbour and music centre
Reykjavik closer view of docks harbour and music centre
Reykjavik view out of city towards geothermal water tanks Southish
Reykjavik view out of city towards geothermal water tanks Southish
Reykjavik_closer view of City Pond, City Hall and Frikirkja
Reykjavik_closer view of City Pond, City Hall and Frikirkja
Six mallards and some white feathers Pond_Reykjavik
Six mallards and some white feathers Pond_Reykjavik
Sun Voyager _Reykjavik
Sun Voyager _Reykjavik
Sun Voyager detail _Reykjavik
Sun Voyager detail _Reykjavik
Three Whooper swans_City Pond Reykjavik
Three Whooper swans_City Pond Reykjavik
Two Whooper swans_Pond Reykjavik some of these birds no longer migrate from this warmed water with abundant food
Two Whooper swans_Pond Reykjavik some of these birds no longer migrate from this warmed water with abundant food
Whooper swan displaying
Whooper swan displaying
Whooper swan landing on City Pond Reykjavik
Whooper swan landing on City Pond Reykjavik