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Since my commercial photoshoot was postponed today, I have some time off….so, I decided to rent a car and explore South Iceland.

First stop, Bridge Between Two Continents. This is the point in South Iceland where two tectonic plates are diverging – North American to the west and Eurasian to the east. (Over 75% of the earth’s poulation lives on the Eurasian plate.) It is estimated that the plates drift apart about 6.5 feet over a 100 year period.

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South Iceland by Atlanta Photographer Maryann Davidson Photography Bridge Between the Continents

Nearby is a lighthouse, hot springs, and cliffs. The Gunnuhver Hot Springs are mud pools and steam vents with temperatures reaching over 570 degrees Fahrenheit. Iceland’s oldest lighthouse, Reykjanesviti, is little over 100 feet tall. With the stark vastness of the area, you can see it from miles away. At the southern most tip of Iceland are the Reykjanes cliffs. Here you climb Valanjúkur hill. From the top you can see Eldey island and the surrounding area. I was told that this is one of the most interesting areas in Iceland.It is also known for its bird life. I didn’t see puffins this time, but I spotted several Redshank and their nests.South Iceland by Atlanta Photographer Maryann Davidson Photography Gunnuhver Hot SpringsSouth Iceland by Atlanta Photographer Maryann Davidson Photography Reykjanesviti LighthouseSouth Iceland by Atlanta Photographer Maryann Davidson Photography Reykjanes cliffs and Valanjúkur HillSouth Iceland by Atlanta Photographer Maryann Davidson Photography Redshank

After my hike in South Iceland, I continued North. Because of the volcanic landscape, trees are few and far between. They are often planted near houses and don’t grow very tall. One local told me to be careful along my journey and “Remember, if you get lost in the forest, just stand up and you will find your way.” After several hours of driving, with only lava fields spreading as far as the eye can see, I happened on a house with a lawn green enough to rival any golf course. While I was standing on the side of the road taking pictures of the house, a herd of horses came running down the road toward me. It happened too quick to be scared they would run over me. They were so curious of the camera – I had to clean the slobber off the lens. (Viking horses are the only breed of horses allowed in Iceland. Due to fear of sickness, no horse can be imported and if a horse leaves, it cannot be brought back. )

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“If you cry because the sun has gone out of your life, your tears will prevent you from seeing the stars.” – Icelandic Proverb

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