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Langanes Peninsula, Iceland’s Northeastern Coast – April 14th, 2009

April 14th, 2009 Category: Image of the day

Iceland - April 5th, 2009

Iceland - April 5th, 2009

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Many fjords punctuate the extensive coastline of Iceland. The northern and eastern coastlines are covered with snow, while some brown land peeks out from beneath the clouds along the southern shores.

The close-up focuses on a section of Iceland’s northeast coastline near the Langanes Peninsula (upper left corner). The name literally means “long peak”. It is 40 kilometres (25 miles) long from southwest to northeast, ending in a thin strip of land called Fontur.

The terrain inland reaches elevations of 200–400 metres (600–1200 feet). The highest point is Gunnólfsvíkurfjall in the southeast of the peninsula.

In the spring time (May–June) seabirds (guillemot and kittiwake) lay their eggs in the cliffs at Langanes. The peninsula also holds the third largest gannet nesting place in the world.

East of the peninsula, a river spills greenish sediments into the North Atlantic Ocean. In the close-up, some snow can be seen thawing out along the riverbanks and the surrounding valley.

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