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It was my first trip to Iceland, late in the summer of 2004. I was on my way (alone) to Arkansas (US) from Finland and had decided to skip the aeroplane as much as possible.
It had always been a dream of mine to go to Iceland, and finally, at the age of 22, I stepped onto that most magnificent island.

Armed with my 20 year old Nikon F401s, I travelled across the island in one week and fell totally and completely head over heels in Love with that piece of land stranded on the Atlantic.

This is one of the sights that made me scream 'STOP THE CAR' to my fellow traveller driving the car. We had met on the boat leaving the Faroe Islands, and he was kind enough to give me a lift across the island.
We'd left from Seydisfjordur and driven along the ring road, aka Route 1, all the way around to Reykjavik. As I/we still had a few days before the plane took off for DC, we decided we'd have a look at the Southern part of the country.

It was already late in the summer and the temperatures sank below zero at night, and the sun appeared to remain closer to the horizon during the whole day giving everything a quite interesting colour. The grass and other flora shone with reddish tones making the earth less green and more terra-cotta. The kind of scenery I'd never seen before outside of my birth-country.
As we approached one of the glaciers in the South, my heart sang with a song of discovery.
I'd seen these on TV but never, and I mean never, could I have imagined one to be so beautiful in 'real Life".

We were driving along the black paved road and as it came closer and closer, my eyes grew wider and wider. I checked the map and saw there was a smaller road leading up to the Mýrdalsjökull and I asked him to turn onto it. As he did, I saw this pond and this reflection and I exclaimed 'stop the car!'.
I wasn't going to let such a sight go uncaptured!

I hopped out from the car, and being a TrekkEr at heart even before discovering the website, I included the road on the left in the picture, just to show a bit more of the context and possibilities offered on site :D
As you'll notice, the road appears to go towards the glacier, and in the WS you'll find that it does indeed lead right up to it. I would be grateful if you could tell me whether that shot (in the WS) is worthwhile posting as a separate entity in itself.

No cropping, no nothing besides for compression/resizing and sharpening. Talking of compression, it breaks my heart to see the picture loose as much quality as it does when I save if for web in PS CS2. I always end up having to 'trick' it by increasing the saturation and making it really dark so that it keeps the original colours. I don't particularly appreciate that... any solutions?

An advance Thank You to those amongst You who take the time to criticise and/or comment!

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