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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 

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

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

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 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

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. 

Clouds clearing after a heavy storm taken in January two years ago. 

Winters in Iceland can be unpredictable but every winter we will have few snowstorms so bad that roads have to be closed and you don´t see the house across the street. Well, every winter so far. 

The climate has been changing a lot in the last 10-15 years here up north. Two years ago it was endless storms, sometimes with rain, sometimes with snow and it was snowing in late May and that summer was cold and wet. Then last summer was the sunniest since 2000 and the winter so far has been the mildest in history. I still have some flowers in my garden and this is Iceland not Italy!

Something is happening with mother nature, that´s for sure

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I like to go out for a walk on Christmas Eve. Almost everything is closed from noon on 24th until 26th. 

The main celebration begins at six o'clock on Christmas Eve. The family dines together in the evening and exchanges presents. It is a family holiday and we Icelanders take that very seriously. Because of that the streets of Reykjavik are almost empty on Christmas Eve and the only people around are some confused tourist wandering where everyone is