Svartifoss by Carlosmacr

Of all the waterfalls i could visit in Iceland i think this one could be the one which i saw less photographies of. Its name is Svartifoss. There were so many beautiful and different waterfalls that the name “Waterfalland” instead of Iceland would also fit to this amazing country ūüôā
Thanks for your visit.
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De todas las cascadas que pude ver en Islandia, creo que esta es la que menos veces he visto fotografiada. Su nombre, Svartifoss. Hab’ia tal cantidad de cascadas en Islandia (todas ellas preciosas y muy diferentes entre si) que creo que el nombre de Waterfalland no le vendria mal a este maravilloso pais.
Saludos y gracias por tu visita.

P.D. A ver si los amigos de Toronto se estan tranquilitos y dejan de tocar las narices al personal.

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Black Days by danielmachtfotos

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This is Svartifoss in the south of Iceland. The day I took this picture, we had a very flat sky and nearly now shadows. I tried to make te best of it and work with some filters which finally turned out well.

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Arctic Reverie by PaulZizkaPhoto

The incredible columnar basalt of Kuannit, on Disko Island, sparks the imagination and made for three very overwhelmed photographers!

One of my well-traveled companions described it as “the most beautiful place he’s ever seen”. It’s not difficult to see why: the eerie basalt, mammoth icebergs, autumn colors, wild spires and rock windows, waterfalls and crystal-clear waters combine to create an absolute wonderland. Personally it had been a long time since I’d been so fired up about a specific photo location.

Kuannit, Disko Island, Greenland.

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G√°sadalur Waterfall by sorstrommen

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The waterfall at G√°sadalur drops down around 100 meters into the North Atlantic.

When i shot this, the wind blowing from the land towards the sea was a strong gale bordering on 10 at the Beufort scale, which made shooting this a challenge but still fun ūüôā

G√°sadalur is located on the west-side of V√°gar, Faroe Islands, and enjoys a panoramic view over the island of Mykines.

G√°sadalur is located on the edge of Mykinesfj√łr√įur, surrounded by the highest mountains on V√°gar. √Ārnafjall towers to a height of 722 metres to the north, and Eysturtindur to the east is 715 metres high. Here too, the view south to Tindh√≥lmur and G√°sh√≥lmur is quite magnificent.

The landing site is very poor, because it is located somewhat higher than the seashore. So if the residents wanted to fish they were obliged to keep their boats near B√łur. In 1940, during the British occupation, a stairway was built from the beach up to the village.

In order to reach any of the other villages, they had to take the strenuous route over mountains more than 400 metres high.
This explains why the village population has become smaller and smaller. In 2002 there were only sixteen people living in G√°sadalur, and several of the houses stand empty today. It had a population of 18 in 2012.

In 2004 a tunnel was blasted through the rock, and it is possible to drive through by car. The residents hope this will mean that the village population will increase again.
There are good opportunities for farming, and the same number of fields as in B√łur, but here only a few are royal estate.

There is a story that the village was named after a woman called G√¶sa, who came from Kirkjub√łur.
She had eaten meat during the Lent fast, and for this unholy deed all her property was confiscated.
She fled to the valley on V√°gar, which was named after her. Most other village stories are about spirits and elves.

A more likely explanation is that G√°sadalur (Goose Valley) is named after the wild geese, which from ancient times have travelled to the valley.

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The Cliffs of Leitisvatn by sorstrommen

Photo shot standing on the cliff “Tr√¶lan√≠pan” (slave promontory), where, as the story says, in the old days the slaves who couldn‚Äôt work were thrown off.

Today it is more peaceful on Trælanípan, it is possible to enjoy the exceptional view southwards across the sea, where the islands to the south are clearly visible. The birds build their nests on the cliff face, and when there are breakers it is fascinating to see the surf break along the cliff face.

Photo is showing the lake “Leitisvatn/S√łrv√°gsvatn” which is the largest lake in the Faroe Islands. It is situated on the island of V√°gar between the municipalities of S√łrv√°gs Kommuna and V√°ga kommuna. In size it is 3.4 km2, more than three times the size of the second largest lake Fjallavatn, located on the island of V√°gar.

The name Leitisvatn means “The lake by Leiti (the name of the east side of the lake)” and S√łrv√°gsvatn means “The lake by S√łrv√°gur”.

Among the locals, there is a debate regarding the name of the lake. The inhabitants of S√łrv√°gur take pride in naming the lake after their village. On the other hand, the inhabitants of Mi√įv√°gur and Sandav√°gur call it “Leitisvatn”, because the east side of the lake alongside the body of water is called Leiti.

Though the village of Mi√įv√°gur is situated closer to the lake than S√łrv√°gur, there are indications of the lake being named for the latter because the faroese Landn√°m S√łrv√°gur was settled before Mi√įv√°gur. S√łrv√°gur; alongside B√łur and Sandav√°gur‚ÄĒis considered to be one of the three original Landn√°msbygdum (original settlements) on V√°gar. The three Landn√°msbygdir divided the land on the island among them into three equal sizes of 60 marks. A division of the island into three equal portion will bring S√łrv√°gsvatn firmly inside the boundaries of S√łrv√°gur and therefore the lake has been named after this village.

The locals mostly refer to “S√łrv√°gsvatn/Leitisvatn” simply by calling it “Vatni√į” (the Lake). Among the inhabitants on the island everyone knows what “the Lake” is, and it is mostly when people from other parts of the Faroes refer to the lake‚ÄĒeither by calling it S√łrv√°gsvatn or Leitisvatn‚ÄĒthat the debate will occur.

The lake is located very close to the ocean, but its surface is about 30 meters above the level of sea. It is surrounded by a higher cliff which prevents it from emptying into the ocean. The water exit is the waterfall B√łsdalafossur.

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The Valley of Saksun by sorstrommen

This shot of Saksun was captured in the magnificent Faroe Islands.

Saksun is a village near the northwest coast of the Faroese island of Streymoy.

Saksun lies in the bottom of what used to be an inlet of the sea, surrounded by high mountains. The inlet formed a good deep natural harbour, until a storm blocked the inlet with sand.
This made the old harbour become an unaccessible seawater lagoon (only accessible by small boats on high tide).
The village has a church and museum. The church was originally built in Tj√łrnuv√≠k, but in 1858 it was disassembled, carried over the mountains and reassembled in Saksun.
The Museum occupies a seventeenth century farm house called D√ļvugar√įur. The house belongs to the D√ļvugar√įur farm, still an active sheep farm with approximately 300 ewes.

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