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The Changing Landscape

Words & Photography: David Kirby

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In May 2015 four of us set out from Keflavik to circumnavigate Iceland. We were aiming to see as much of the country as we could in the 10 days we had before our flight left. Over the course of our trip we discovered just how truly amazing Iceland is. The weather careered from blazing sun to driving blizzards; we encountered huge waterfalls and ancient glaciers. As we ventured further on in our exploration of this incredible country we experienced endless black sandy beaches and boiling geysers, towering cliffs, diving whales and intrepid horses. The name of every place we visited is etched into my memory, and can be recalled at a moment's notice. I still remember the water thundering into the trench at Gullfoss, the icy blue of the glacier at Skaftafell, the black sand of Vik's shore and the serene flow of the water at Godafoss. We saw so much and yet I know we hardly scratched the surface of this breath-taking landscape. There is so much yet left for us to discover, but that will have to wait for a future trip.

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