Endurance

Somewhere in the frozen wasteland

“For scientific discovery give me Scott; for speed and efficiency of travel give me Amundsen; but when disaster strikes and all hope is gone, get down on your knees and pray for Shackleton.”

 Sir Raymond Priestly, Antarctic Explorer and Geologist.

Arnarstapi

This sculpture does not have any historical precedent, it's just here to look cool.

Each tour bus is full of about 50 people who look like this, and do this, then leave about 25 minutes later. It's hilarious.

"Never trust an elf!!"

Striking shoreline! Good luck going for a swim!

The first dive will be your last dive.

If I were an evil Harry Potter character, I would definitely hide a horcrux here.

Some day 200 years from now, some tourist is going to be utterly shocked to see this collapse right in front of them.
Kind of reminds me of the Oregon coast, though the geologic origins are a bit different.
This lucky bird found a cave to hide in.
Looks like a great place for a swim, but there's no way to get down.
A very crafty nesting spot.
Even if it's not big enough for a nest, it's a good spot for a rest.
Naptime!
Watching the watcher.
Tough job being a parent.
Hooray for zoom lenses!

Got to raise them quickly so they can fly away before the ice comes.

The house really makes the scene I think.

Yeah it doesn't have much to do with Iceland but I like the texture.

Awesome art from a local artist.

Back On The Road

Looks like fun for a few hours, except I feel like I've been riding a horse for weeks already!

I'm wondering what the spare horses are for... Just in case?

"I am not Kermit the GRÖF. I am not Kermit the FÖRG. I am a frog! Kermit The Frog!!"

"You better stay home; and do as you're told... Get out of the road; if you wanna grow old..." -Pink Floyd

A nifty waterfall visible ahead

The majestic blue-tasseled sheep of the far north!

Would be prettier if the sheep weren't showing me their butts, but I'll take it.

This is the one photo of the last 5 years where I've regretted having the 4.0 70-200 instead of the 2.8 70-200. Not a bad track record at all considering the weight difference.

Detail of the previous photo. Same to you, sheep!!

This is honestly the weirdest terrain I've seen, second perhaps to the spongy ground in Alaska.

Spot the critter! Hint: It's wearing a blue earring.

Alex: "This is what happens when smurfs die in the wild!"

Spring has sprung; the grass has riz.

This yonic formation looked inviting but I decided to skip it after looking up a few pictures on my phone.

See those parallel tracks? Thank some foreign doofus for that, 5+ years ago...

Do I see some glacier action up there? Yes I do!

Like, wow! It's all Iceland 'n' stuff!

A restaurant under a layer of turf? You bet!

I do enjoy being able to keep the bike out of the rain.

Winter-Time

Late lies the wintry sun a-bed,
A frosty, fiery sleepy-head;
Blinks but an hour or two; and then,
A blood-red orange, sets again.

Before the stars have left the skies,
At morning in the dark I rise;
And shivering in my nakedness,
By the cold candle, bathe and dress.

Black are my steps on silver sod;
Thick blows my frosty breath abroad;
And tree and house, and hill and lake,
Are frosted like a wedding-cake.

Robert Louis Stevenson

More Staycationing

This spare little room was somehow one of the best of the trip so far.