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A Virtual Drive Around Iceland

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Earlier this year, the Google Maps Street View team mapped out most of Iceland's populated areas and its Ring Road that connects them. The team traveled 1,400 km (870 mi) around the entire island, heading out from the capital city of Reykjavik, to the glacier-carved mountains and shorelines. As they drove through parts of Iceland's interior, their cameras captured some of the region's amazing volcanic landscape. I spent much of yesterday on a virtual drive around Iceland via Google maps, traveling counterclockwise from Reykjavik, with a few stops along the way. [25 photos]

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A solitary rocky outcrop near Grundarfjörður, Iceland. See it mapped. (© Google, Inc.)
A solitary rocky outcrop near Grundarfjörður, Iceland. See it mapped. (© Google, Inc.)
Hallgrímskirkja, Reykjavik. See it mapped. (© Google, Inc.) #
Interesting locals put on a show for the Google Street View team, in Grindavik. See it mapped. (© Google, Inc.) #
The Haukadalur geothermal area. See it mapped. (© Google, Inc.) #
Famous waterfall named Skógarfoss. See it mapped. (© Google, Inc.) #
Glacier in southern Iceland. See it mapped. (© Google, Inc.) #
Just outside fishing village of Höfn. See it mapped. (© Google, Inc.) #
Shadow of the Street View van, outside fishing village of Höfn. See it mapped. (© Google, Inc.) #
Almannaskarðsgöng tunnel. See it mapped. (© Google, Inc.) #
Rock formations in the Hornafjörður municipality. See it mapped. (© Google, Inc.) #
Near Suðurfjarðarvegu. See it mapped. (© Google, Inc.) #
Entry to Oddsskardsgong Tunnel. See it mapped. (© Google, Inc.) #
Looking down on Eskifjördur. See it mapped. (© Google, Inc.) #
A Smyril Line ferry, docked in Seydisfjördur. See it mapped. (© Google, Inc.) #
Lonely building in the northeast. See it mapped. (© Google, Inc.) #
Flat, empty stretch of road 85. See it mapped. (© Google, Inc.) #
Looking down on Þórshöfn, on the Þistilfjörður Bay. See it mapped. (© Google, Inc.) #
Dettifosss, claimed to be the most powerful waterfall in Europe. See it mapped. (© Google, Inc.) #
Námaskarð Thermal Power Plant. See it mapped. (© Google, Inc.) #
Kleifar, on the west side of Olafsfjördur. See it mapped. (© Google, Inc.) #
A valley between two tunnels, Northern Iceland. See it mapped. (© Google, Inc.) #
North of Siglufjörður. See it mapped. (© Google, Inc.) #
Hólar. See it mapped. (© Google, Inc.) #
A small plane takes off outside Ísafjörður. See it mapped. (© Google, Inc.) #
Looking down a valley toward Þingeyr. See it mapped. (© Google, Inc.) #

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