Beautiful Black Sand Beaches
As if there wasn't already enough temptation for a photographer in this Middle-earth paradise...
Not far from the village of Vík í Mýrdal in the southernmost point of the country, this basalt beach has been acknowledged as one of the earth's most beautiful since 1991.
[photographs taken from the 300-ft high cliffs at Dyrhólaey, meaning "the hill-island with the door-hole"]
... and cools so rapidly it shatters into tiny fragments ~
small enough to be called sand.
... almost overnight, offering a sight much prettier ~
~ than the reaction of lava to dry land.
Iceland has 30 active volcano systems ~ 13 of which have erupted since Iceland was settled in 874 AD.
And so, the elegant dark sand is not an unusual sight in this small, sub-polar island on the windward side of the Gulf Stream.
© Kristin Fellows 2012
All images taken with a Canon PowerShot SX30 IS.
(more information about this camera @ http://www.imaging-resource.com/PRODS/SX30IS/SX30ISA.HTM)