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Photo Blog: Ice, Ice, Baby - so I married an axe-murderer

This summer, I’ll be doing research on the ecosystems of Northeast Iceland through a grant from the National Science Foundation. My last blog showed how I prepared for my journey. I've finally arrived! This week's shots are of my first glimpses at my new environment. 

The Hallgrímskirkja in downtown Reykjavík.

The Hallgrímskirkja in downtown Reykjavík.

 

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Some of the research team in downtown Reykjavík.

 

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Hallgrímskirkja seen from the “main street” of Reykjavík.

 

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Because of the lack of trees in Iceland, most houses are and are brightly painted and made of corrugated metal made to look like wood.

 

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Outside detail of the Harpa concert Hall in downtown Reykjavík. The design was made to resemble the lava fields of Iceland.

 

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Inside the Harpa. 

 

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An hour flight brought us to Akureyri, the second largest town in Iceland which is settled along the northern coast of the island.

 

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The research station at which we will be conducting all of our lab work throughout the summer.

 

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My home for the next three months, the farm on Kálfaströnd. In the background is Lake Mývatn, the main focus of our research.

 

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Kavvi, the dog of the family who owns the research station/the dog that I’ll be bringing home in September.

 

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The Mid Atlantic Ridge cuts directly though Iceland, resulting in a land heavily defined by volcanic activity. Silhouette of the Dimmuborgir lava fields.

 

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Some of the research team exploring the Dimmuborgir lava fields.

 

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Pseudocraters across the street from the research station. These are formed when lava flows across a wet surface like a lake.

 

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With virtually no tree cover on the island and nothing obstructing the wind, strong gusts that allow you to lean into the wind are common.

 

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With a day off from work, we were able to take a day trip to the port city of Húsavík.

 

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Sheep.

 

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The midnight sun illuminating some of the lava formations on Lake Mývatn.

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