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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 

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The road to nowhere…. by icelandicphoto
Via Flickr:
The Highlands cover most of the interior of Iceland. They are situated 400–500 metres above sea level and are mostly an uninhabitable volcanic desert, Have you ever been to the middle of nowhere? Iceland’s Interior Highlands are where man has never made his home and is still a rare visitor. A unique place to visit

“Icelandic horses are a rare breed brought here by the Vikings in the 9th and 10th century and has stayed unchanged since. They are tough, friendly little creatures and easy to handle. These are some of the horses on my family’s farm in Skagafjördur North Iceland where you are concidered a little bit strange if you don'n own or at least ride horses :) #iceland #icelandic #icelandicphoto #icelandichorses #horses #winter #snow #travel #nature #naturelovers #animals #skagafjordur” by @icelandic_photo on Instagram http://ift.tt/1lsgVK6

Went out of town last weekend with some friends and stayed close to a tiny village called Kirkjubæjarkjaustur (yes I know, it´s even harder to pronouns than Eyjafjallajökull). :)

Took a hike up to this cliff top and was rewarded with this magnificent view. It was late in the evening, around 10:30 and it was starting to get dark, everything was quiet except for the singing of some birds and the sound of this  stream that ended in a small waterfall when it fell over the edge

It doesn´t matter how many times I´ve seen the northern lights they always fascinate me. Sometimes you can even see them over the city of Reykjavik despite all the light pollution but it´s best to go somewhere remote to get the best view. And how much more remote can you get than up in the Icelandic highlands close to a glacier?

And that´s where this photo was taken. It´s from the Kjölur highland road close to the Langjökull glacier. You can´t get up there in the winter time unless you go on a jeep on monster tyres or a snowmobile since everything is covered in deep snow. 

Snæfellsnes peninsula is a beautiful part of Iceland. The westernmost part is a national park and there you can find this dramatic shoreline. These cliffs are called Svörtuloft (Black skies). many ships have smashed against those rocks and many men lost there lives through the ages. 

The weather was nice and calm the day I was there but in high winds huge waves smash against these cliffs

The charming island of Flatey where time literally stands still. Most of Flatey´s houses are from the 19th century, so strolling around the island gives one the impression of travelling back in time.

No cars are allowed on the island and the atmosphere is very relaxed and everything is very quiet and tranquil, even the sheep are unusually relaxed walking around on the main road and chilling in the backyards. 

Fjaðrárgljúfur canyon in the south eastern part of Icelandy is often referred to as one of the most beautiful one in the country. It is a result of thousands of years of erosion, caused by the melting glaciers. Today 2 kilometers long and up to 100 meters deep canyon is being constantly carved by the Fjaðrá river.

Hidden at the end of a series of one lane gravel roads leading to a grassy hiking trail lies the canyon sporting the most jaw-droppingly gorgeous palagonitic rock cliffs you will ever seen.

As expected we did get a spectacular northern lights display yesterday. There had been a big solar storm right before and when that happens the heavens light up in a spectacular way

I haven´t seen anything like that in many years and looking at the photos I took last night, all 200 of them make me speechless and also thankful to be able to witness something like this on a regular basis

In the background you can see the steam from the Hellisheidi geothermal power  plant  which is the second largest geothermal power station in the world

Rocks can have many unusual formations. Like this one, that looks like a huge, old elephant. If you visit the Westman Islands, few miles off the south coast of Iceland you can sail around the biggest one, called Heimaey, where you will see this funny looking rock

The nature is full of wonderful and amazing things, you only need to  have your senses and your mind open to appreciate it

Skogafoss waterfall is one of the most visited tourist attraction in Iceland. That means during the day it’s always lots of people there and at times it can be very crowded. But in the summer months it doesn’t get dark so you just choose another time if you want to be there mostly by yourself. This is in the early hours, around 5 am and the only other person that was around is standing by the waterfall

Some say that Iceland has more waterfalls then people and sometimes I think that is correct. When traveling around the country you may come upon a beautiful waterfall the you even didn´t know existed and a few meters down the same river another one and so on

I love waterfalls and I´m always thrilled to see a new one I have not seen before like this one I came upon last summer when traveling the south highlands

Near the village of Vik, south Iceland  lies a small enclosed canyon, sheltered on all sides by steep, moss-covered vertical mountains. The floor of the canyon is a grassy plain, about the size of an American football field, which serves as a camping site. For the less adventurous, nine recently built, snug pine huts are also available for hire

A lovely little freshwater stream trickles though the camping site and in front of the houses and the surrounding landscape is spectacular. A hiker´s paradise

You will see all manner of weird and wonderful rock formations, scenic panoramic views that go on forever and even the remains of no less than two movie sets, Beowulf and the American tv show Game of Thrones, parts of which were filmed right here

Landmannalaugar. Located in the South Highlands of Iceland, the area is renowned for its stunning beauty. The area is notable for its spectacular rock formations, multicolored rhyolite mountains and expansive lava fields. Many hot and cold springs create a bathing warm brook, where people bathe.

Landmannalaugar is a natural gem in the highlands of Iceland that I recommend every nature lover should visit

The beautiful 60-metre high Skogáfoss waterfall in the river Skógá, south-Iceland. There is a legend about the settler Þrasi who is believed to have buried his chest of gold under the Skogáfoss waterfall. If the sun conditions are favourable - one can see a vivid rainbow in front of the waterfall and maybe Þrasis chest of gold is there underneath

I find this majestic waterfall even more beautiful in the winter time than any other time of the year

The northern lights season has come to an end in Iceland this winter. Now the nights are not dark enough to see them and won´t be again until late august

This winter was the best one, we northern lights lovers have had for some years now and I hope that will continue for many winters to come. 

I live here and I can go out and try to catch some lights almost any time I like and after all these years I still can´t get enough of this amazing phenomenon

Mt Tindastoll (995 m) is about 18 km long and shaped like a sharp edge.

 According to the legend every last weekend in June some wishing stones emerge from a small lake on top of the mountain. Since this was taken in late January it was a bit too early for stone searching :) But it was a beautiful day and you could see the snow covered mountains at the other side of the bay gleaming in the winter sun