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Fun Photo Friday — Iceland; Akureyri Favorites 3


Akureyrarkirkja

Here are some more Akureyri area Fun Photo Friday favorites:

Icelandic Shoreline

Iceland Grass

Saurbæjarkirkja

Akureyri Mural

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Transatlantic — Iceland; Smámunasafn


Keys at the Museum of Sundry Objects

About 20 miles/32 kilometers south of Akureyri is rather bizarre museum that was put together over some 80 years by a carpenter named Sverrir Hermansson. This is the Smámunasafn Sverris Hermannssonar, which roughly translates to ‘Sverrir Hermansson’s Small Exhibits’, but it is commonly referred to as Sverrir Hermansson’s Museum of Sundry Objects.

Smámunasafn

Smámunasafn Sverris Hermannssonar

As one would expect of a museum collection assembled by a carpenter, many of the displays are geared toward woodworking:

Smámunasafn saws

But here the visitor is greeted by so much more:

Smámunasafn — from radios to irons

This next collection includes an example of my very first camera, and old Kodak Instamatic with a flashcube attached:

Camera collection at the Smámunasafn

There are even some pop-culture items, such as a pen that was embossed with the words ‘Man from U.N.C.L.E.‘, and which also displayed the Man from U.N.C.L.E. logo. Other off-the-wall items include things such as this clothing rack made of faucets on which hang some rather rustic coat hangers and an old purse:

Smámunasafn clothes rack

But it’s the tools that are most highlighted here:

Axes, hammers, and drills

How about a collection of plumb bobs, nails, and even a display of salvaged lumber?

Smámunasafn plumb bobs

Smámunasafn nail collection

Salvaged lumber on display at Smámunasafn

Put it all together and you get this image from the main room of the museum:

Smámunasafn

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Transatlantic — Iceland; Námafjall Hverir


Namafjall Hverir

Next up on our tour out of Akureyri was another geothermal area. This is the Námafjall Geothermal Area, also referred to as Námafjall Hverir. Here, surrounded by steam venting in the nearby foothills, you’ll find bubbling mudpots and sulfur emitting fumaroles.

Namafjall Hverir

The surrounding terrain is barren and a bit bizarre:

Namafjall Hverir

Namafjall Hverir

Namafjall Hverir

But at the actual geothermal site there is much to see and experience. Here is a particularly popular fumarole:

Namafjall Hverir

In these next photos you can see people meandering about many of the steaming areas:

Namafjall Hverir

Namafjall Hverir

One of my favorite shots today is this one showing steam vents spewing forth from the darkened hills behind visitors to the park:

Namafjall Hverir

I’ll leave you today with this image of a bubbling pool of heated water:

Namafjall Hverir

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