London to Calgary
Here's a series of aerial images from Flickr user focalplane, covering Iceland and Greenland, with a final shot on the outskirts of Calgary, Alberta. The first few images show the remote Vestfirðir (Westfjords) peninsula in northwestern Iceland. The first image provides a wide view of most of the central portion of the peninsula, looking north. Breiðafjörður Bay is in the foreground, with the Barðaströnd headland near the center, and the Arnafjörður fjord visible at left center.
Here's a closeup of Barðaströnd, showing the cliffs lining the shoreline, and the snow-covered inland plateau.
The Hagavadall inlet lies along the Barðaströnd coastline. The shape of the inlet differs from the Google Earth screenshot, probably because the Google Earth image was acquired at low tide, exposing more of the intertidal zone (the bay of Breiðafjörður has tides of up to six meters).
The next few images show the series of finger-like fjords and peninsulas that line the western coast of Vestfirðir. The first three fjords shown in this image are (from the foreground) Patreksfjörður, Tálknafjörður, and Arnafjörður.
This image shows the headland at the tip of the peninsula that lies between Patreksfjörður and Tálknafjörður.
Another view of the peninsulas and fjords, this time showing Tálknafjörður, Arnafjörður, and Dryafjörður.
The final Iceland image shows the Blakknes headland at the northwestern tip of the southernmost Vestfirðir peninsula. The cliffs here rise 280 meters above the surrounding sea.
Next we proceed to West Greenland, where we have several images of the Nuussuaq peninsula and Umanaks Fjord to its north. The first image here shows the inner reaches of Umanaks Fjord, dominated by mountainous Sagdliaruseq Island in the center of the frame. The Nuussuaq peninsula is in the foreground; beyond it, in the lower right, are the long thin islands of Talerua and Ikerasak.
The next image shows more of the interior of the Nuussuaq peninsula, dominated in the foreground by the large valley holding the Sarqap Taserssuaq lake.
Here's a view of the southern coast of the Nuussuaq peninsula, with the frozen Tasingortarssua lake stretching across the valley in the center of the frame.
A closer look of the textures of the mountains on the southern coast of the Nuussuaq peninsula.
Finally, another 3,700 kilometers brings us to the outskirts of Calgary, and this view of the town of Crossfield, located about 40 kilometers north of Calgary. Note the fine view of the Canadian Rockies visible in the distance.
Photos taken: March 26, 2007
Photos by: focalplane
Route: London to Calgary