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Tumblr Tuesday: Snow. Snow Everywhere.

Night in the Woods (snowmanoflc)
As little as a year ago, you had to go outside to build a snowman. “Not anymore,” huffed one company. “This is 2015.” And thus was born Lost Constellation, a game wherein you can build a virtual snowman. Perfect for when you are trapped in a blizzard.

Icelandic Photo (icelandicphoto)
Live somewhere snow-free? Print these pictures and tape them all over your windows. Now you, too, can enjoy the trapped-in-a-blizzard lifestyle. 

Vintage Ski (vintageski)
Pretty spooky that everyone in these old pictures is either dead or a cartoon. Something to think about while you are trapped in a blizzard.

K. G. Threads (kgthreads)
Scarves! If you’ve even been trapped in a blizzard, you’ll know what we mean when we say “scarves.”

Frozen Bootlegs (frozenbootlegs)
Copyright laws never bothered them anyway.

Turnip-eyed snowman by TheGhostofVolta via snowmanoflc 

Located next to one of the most popular tourist attraction in Iceland this hidden gem is not visited by many. While it´s neighbor is crowded with people you will be more or less alone while visiting this beautiful waterfall

Behind it is a cave so you can stand there and enjoy the spectacular view without getting wet

Ófærufoss waterfall is an extremely beautiful waterfall in the river Nyrðri-Ófæra and falls into Eldgjá canton in two cascades

Access to the canyon is a bit difficult, and the area, located in the south-east highlands is only accessible from the middle of June until late September. But if waterfalls are on your list of things to do in Iceland you don´t want to miss this one

Markarfljótsgljúfur Canyon is a kind of hidden gem in the Icelandic landscape. 

This impressive canyon is not visited by many. Access to Markarfljótsgljúfur is either by a hiking trail or by a challenging and rough mountain road so it requires a well-equipped 4WD vehicle. But it´s very much worth the effort

The northern lights are driven by activity on the sun and the sun’s activity waxes and wanes over an 11-year period known as a solar cycle.

Current predictions suggest that we are headed for a period of particularly weak solar cycles. With this decrease in solar activity, aurora sightings from outside the polar regions are going to become rarer but Iceland is located at a perfect spot right inside the aurora oval that is a huge ring above the Earth’s Geomagnetic North Pole 

This is at the Reykjanes peninsula in September last year

A beautiful moment when I spotted a bride and a groom having their wedding photos taken next to the magnificent Godafoss waterfall. 

It was early morning, before the tourist buses started to arrive so they had the place all by them selves. I just watched from a distance careful not to ruin anything

Fjaðrárgljúfur canyon is one of those places in Iceland that you don’t find in many of the brochures, but that’s one of the reasons it’s all that much more magical when you get there. 

There is a little grassy walking trail along the side of the canyon, with dramatic views to the floor that would make even the most experienced climbers dizzy. The canyon is 100m tall and 2km long, making for a nice little walk once you get there. You can also hike along the floor of the canyon, although be prepared to wade through glacial rivers for that adventure! The mossy floor with trails that seemingly lead into an abyss, and the blue waters with the occasional waterfall make you feel like you are surrounded by fairies and trolls (and ask any Icelander, you just may be!). The best part though is solitude of this place is authentically Icelandic.

The beautiful Aldeyjarfoss waterfall. A little bit out of the beaten track at the beginning of the north-east highlands but very much worth the visit. It has symmetrical features and geologically interesting surrounds. 

Tumbling through a narrow passage into a wide basin, the concertinaed black basalt columns provide a stark contrast against the thrashing white foam, making it oft considered one of Iceland’s photographic gems

Stakkholtsgjá is a well known gorge in the Thórsmörk area in the Icelandic highlands. But just next to it and most of the time overlooked by visitors is a beautiful ravine that´s much worth the visit. Surrounded by steep cliffs with a small freshwater stream at the bottom

Flatey island, located in Breidafjordur bay on the northwestern part of Iceland is a tiny island. 

This remote little island has only one dusty road leading from the ferry dock through the so called old village. The old village consists of several beautifully kept old and restored houses in cheerful colours. The atmosphere in Flatey is very relaxed and everything is very quiet and tranquil

Because of the heavy rainfall, Icelandic has plenty of rivers and they are relatively large, glacial rivers and fresh water rivers and streams

The water in the glacial rivers is usually a milky grey and they can smell of sulfur. The flow volume can be enormous, they are ice cold and you need to be very careful around them. You won´t survive falling into one like this

The mystical palagonite landscape of Hvanngil valley, in the Icelandic highlands north of Mýrdalsjökull glacier

JRR Tolkien was very inspired by Iceland. the landscape of Tolkien’s Middle-earth (except for the very-English Shire) is Icelandic. Tolkien’s trolls are Icelandic trolls. His hobbit holes are like Icelandic turf houses. Bilbo’s ride to Rivendell matches, more or less, a ride through the Icelandic landscape and Gandalf’s character comes from Icelandic tales of Odin. 

The Icelandic highland can be a barren place. 

Because of cold climate the vegetation’s growing period is only about two moths every year and the formation of soil very slow.  The mountains have left endless amounts of ash, sand and lava in the area but in between you can find beautiful spots covered in bright green  moss

If you dream of exploring the great outdoors, observing raw nature and volcanic phenomena, Iceland is undoubtedly one of the best places for this type of adventure