Google Street View Offers a Look at Iceland's Natural Wonders

 
 
By Todd R. Weiss  |  Posted 2014-09-04
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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    Google Street View Offers a Look at Iceland's Natural Wonders

    by Todd R. Weiss
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    2 - Gullfoss Waterfall
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    Gullfoss Waterfall

    The Gullfoss Waterfall is part of Iceland's "Golden Circle," which is a famous tourist route in the southern part of the country. The waterfall is on the Hvita River.
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    Falls From Behind

    Here's another view of the Gullfoss Waterfall, this time from the back side of the falls where the rushing water originates. The average water flow is as much as 140 cubic meters/second at its summertime peak.
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    Strokker Geyser

    Here in the Haukadalur Geothermal Area is the famous Strokker Geyser, which routinely erupts every five to 10 minutes, according to Google.
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    5 - Rocky Terrain
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    Rocky Terrain

    The land around the Strokker Geyser includes rocky and hilly terrain that leads to other geological features in the Haukadalur Geothermal Area.
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    6 - Vatnajokull National Park
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    Vatnajokull National Park

    The Vatnajokull National Park in Reykjavik, Iceland, offers incredible vistas like this one of gorgeous and lush natural features that can be seen across Iceland.
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    Stone Outcrop

    In southwestern Iceland, Thingvellir is a United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) World Heritage site. It features an outcropping of rock that is a major tourist destination in the country.
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    Thingvellir National Park

    Visitors can walk along a platform here at Thingvellir National Park to watch the wildlife, bodies of water and landforms in this lush area.
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    Dettifoss Waterfall

    The Dettifoss Waterfall in the Vatnajokull National Park is said to be the most powerful waterfall in Europe, according to Google.
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    Volcanic Lake

    This is Kerid (or Kerith) in southern Iceland, a volcanic crater lake that is surrounded by natural beauty.
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    Falls Beauty

    Here's another view of the Dettifoss Waterfall and its power and beauty, which is being observed by several spectators.
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    Green Landscape

    This is a scene along Route 35 in Iceland, called the Biskupstungnabraut, taken by a Google Street View camera. You can even see the dark shadow created by the Street View camera sticking up in the center of the image.
 

Google Street View cameras have been to some amazing destinations over the last few years as they brought magical natural features and scenery to virtual viewers through the always-expanding Street View image collection. Now the Street View collection on Google Maps includes new images of Iceland, a country filled with natural beauty from border to border, including spectacular geysers, waterfalls and other magnificent features, according to an Aug. 20 post by Deanna Yick, Street View program manager, on the Google Maps Blog. To collect the pictures, Google sent its Street View cameras to some of the most stunning locations throughout the country, she wrote. Among the highlights are the dramatic and picturesque Gullfoss Waterfall, the Dettifoss Waterfall, Vatnajokull National Park and the Haukadalur Geothermal Area. Also included in the collection are images taken and contributed by photographers who have visited Iceland and shared their work. Be sure to take the time to view these images of Iceland and see incredible places that you likely have never seen before.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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