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Hafragilsfoss on Flickr.
The view over the powerful waterfall of Hafragilsfoss, Iceland.
Hafragilsfoss is a waterfall originated by the Jökulsá á Fjöllum river, which flows from the Vatnajökull glacier and collects water from a large area in Northeast Iceland.
The waterfall has a single drop of 27 meters (89 feet) and has an average width of 91 meters (300 feet).
Hafragilsfoss flows downstream from Dettifoss within the depths of the Jökulsárgljúfur canyon.
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Ageless Landscape on Flickr.
The ageless beauty of Jökulsárgljúfur, north Iceland.
Jökulsárgljúfur is a colossal canyon created by the glacial river Jökulsá á Fjöllum.
The river rises beneath the Vatnajökull icecap and enters the sea at Öxarfjörður bay. From its source the river flows across a high plateau dotted with isolated palagonite peaks and scarred with lava flows. At the edge of the highlands the land drops and the river becomes more turbulent and forms several huge waterfalls, tumbling into the canyon which bears its name. The most impressive of them are Selfoss, Dettifoss, and Hafragilsfoss.
The Jökulsárgljúfur canyon is one of the largest and most impressive river canyon in Iceland. It is 25 km long, ½ km wide and in many places more than 100 metres deep. Jökulsárgljúfur is located in the palagonite belt of northern Iceland, in one of the most volcanically active areas in the country.
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Imposing Green Walls on Flickr.
Vestmannabjørgini (Vestmanna sea cliffs), Streymoy (Faroe Islands).
Known as the Vestmannabjørgini, these majestic sea cliffs rise up to 600 meters above the turquoise hues of the churning sea below roughly halfway between Vestmanna and Saksun, on the north side of Streymoy, Faroe Islands.
The cliffs are characterized by their numerous clefts and green blankets of luxuriant grass and mosses (sheep graze quite undisturbed on the clifftops).
The boats that sail here give an unparalleled view of the cliffs and the birds as they weave in between the numerous sea stacks and in and out the narrow straits bound by sheer rock walls and dark echoing grottoes.
These soaring cliffs provide safe nesting places during the summer months (May-August) for thousands upon thousands of seabirds, above all puffins, guillemots, razorbills and gulls.
Grønskriðudrangur sea stack in the mist:
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Dark Hole in the Cliff on Flickr.
Boat Cave, near Fingal’s Cave, Isle of Staffa, Inner Hebrides (Scotland).
The Isle of Staffa (from the Old Norse for stave or pillar island) is a small and uninhabited of the Inner Hebrides of Scotland.
Entirely of volcanic origin, the isle consists of a basement of tuff, underneath colonnades of a black fine-grained Tertiary basalt, overlying which is a third layer of basaltic lava lacking a crystalline structure. By contrast, slow cooling of the second layer of basalt resulted in an extraordinary pattern of predominantly hexagonal columns which form the faces and walls of the principal caves.The lava contracted towards each of a series of equally spaced centres as it cooled and solidified into prismatic columns. Similar formations are found at the Giant’s Causeway In Ireland.
Close encounter with a killer whale on Flickr.
A killer whale off the coast of Heimaey, Vestmannaeyjar (the Westmen Islands), Iceland.
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At the End of the World on Flickr.
The Kilt Rock and Mealt Falls, Trotternish peninsula, isle of Skye (Scotland).
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Red Rock on Flickr.
St John’s Head cliff (346 m) is one of the most impressive point of the dramatic coastline of Hoy, Orkney islands (Scotland).
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