Akureyri is a town in northern Iceland. It is Iceland's second largest urban area (after the Greater ReykjavÝk area) and fourth largest municipality (after ReykjavÝk, Hafnarfj÷r­ur, and Kˇpavogur). Nicknamed the Capital of North Iceland, Akureyri is an important port and fishing centre, with a population of 17,754. The area where Akureyri is located was settled in the 9th century but did not receive a municipal charter until 1786. The town was the site of Allied units during World War II. Further growth occurred after the war as the Icelandic population increasingly moved to urban areas.We left from here for an 11-hour bus trip over the mountains to the south coast to visit Reykjavik... that trip is not recommended!!!  The mountainous center of Iceland is like the surface of the moon.
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Cruising into Akureyri

Center of town

Second largest city

New Theatre

Our hotel welcome wall

Main town square

Welcoming visitors

Miss Akureyri

Danish inspired restaurant

Another eatery

Along Eyjafjorder

Heading to the mountains

Suddenly, out of the mist

Roar, rocks and mist

Enough for a photo

Crawling with photo

Along the road

Icelandic horses

Lake Myvatn - Bird Sanctuary

Myvatn in distance

Castles of Dimmuborgir

Hardened pillars around vents

Jackie at the top

2200 Year Old Gossips

More Formations

Deep Fissures

Nearing Geothermal Field

More Geothermal vents

Sulphur springs Namafjall Mtn.

Boiling mudpots

Vast geothermal field

Cold windy & smelly

Where nothing grows

Mud and sulphur  pond

Steamy fumarole

Steam hole

Barren hills

Nature run amok

From the bus

Pasture land

Icelandic architecture

Construction detail

Lush landscape

Sheep farm

Koljer road South

Koljer road outpost

Only road life in 350 miles

Hot springs at ~200 miles

More mud pots

and strange formations

Geothermal devastation

Midway in our trip

Miles to go before sleep

Wishing cairn

Gullfoss Golden Waterfall

Upper cascade

Spectacular falls

Across the fields

Natural Geyser

Reflections in hot spring

Waiting for the geyser

Pingvellir World Heritage Site

Euro/American Tectonic Plates meet

Continents apart

Wide angle panorama where the continents meet and split

 

Mtns, volcanoes and plains

A republic since 1944