Daniel Howells @howells

http://www.howellsstudio.com/

London-based web designer and developer. I also run Siteinspire.com

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Decent fake plants that @ceciliahalling picked up. Won’t die on us so quickly 🌱
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Decent fake plants that @ceciliahalling picked up. Won’t die on us so quickly 🌱

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Been to Kew Gardens hundreds of times but never noticed this waterlily greenhouse
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Been to Kew Gardens hundreds of times but never noticed this waterlily greenhouse

Our final stop!! (No more Iceland pics after this, I promise 😉) Even on a rainy grey day Blue Lagoon is impressive. The water colour from the silica is unreal and is around 40 degrees. It’s a very slick operation and feels like a hotel resort, but worth a visit. We spent about an hour there but on a nicer day you could stay longer. Bring a waterproof container for your camera/phone. They sell them, but are obviously hugely expensive. We’ve been told you can get a similar, cheaper, and less crowded experience at Laugarvatn Fontana.
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Our final stop!! (No more Iceland pics after this, I promise 😉) Even on a rainy grey day Blue Lagoon is impressive. The water colour from the silica is unreal and is around 40 degrees. It’s a very slick operation and feels like a hotel resort, but worth a visit. We spent about an hour there but on a nicer day you could stay longer. Bring a waterproof container for your camera/phone. They sell them, but are obviously hugely expensive. We’ve been told you can get a similar, cheaper, and less crowded experience at Laugarvatn Fontana.

The sunset on our last full day, incredibly dramatic, huge sky that seemed to last for hours.
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The sunset on our last full day, incredibly dramatic, huge sky that seemed to last for hours.

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This was so much fun - a magnificent waterfall that you could walk behind through a mossy cavern. We reached it towards the end of the day so the sun was just about to set. Waterproofs recommended since we got completely drenched, but worth it
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This was so much fun - a magnificent waterfall that you could walk behind through a mossy cavern. We reached it towards the end of the day so the sun was just about to set. Waterproofs recommended since we got completely drenched, but worth it

I was really looking forward to seeing this: in 1973 a US Navy plane crash landed on the black sand of Sólheimasandur Beach when it ran out of fuel. Everybody survived, but the carcass of the plane was left behind. I gather it used to be fairly difficult to find: you had to take a 4x4 to reach the site. But now, of course, there’s a dedicated parking lot and directions to the plane. After a very long and featureless walk, you can see the plane. When we saw it, moronic tourists were climbing all over it and was covered in graffiti which spoilt the spectacle of what could be a fascinating historical artefact or sculpture. It should be cordoned off from the crowds. I’d aim to go at first light, otherwise I’d probably advise not bothering.
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I was really looking forward to seeing this: in 1973 a US Navy plane crash landed on the black sand of Sólheimasandur Beach when it ran out of fuel. Everybody survived, but the carcass of the plane was left behind. I gather it used to be fairly difficult to find: you had to take a 4x4 to reach the site. But now, of course, there’s a dedicated parking lot and directions to the plane. After a very long and featureless walk, you can see the plane. When we saw it, moronic tourists were climbing all over it and was covered in graffiti which spoilt the spectacle of what could be a fascinating historical artefact or sculpture. It should be cordoned off from the crowds. I’d aim to go at first light, otherwise I’d probably advise not bothering.

Reynisfjara is the infamous black beach in Iceland. Busier than any beach I've seen in the UK, and some seriously impressive selfies being taken on the basalt rock formation. Saw a few people taken by surprise by the sneaker waves; best to stay away from the water...
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Reynisfjara is the infamous black beach in Iceland. Busier than any beach I've seen in the UK, and some seriously impressive selfies being taken on the basalt rock formation. Saw a few people taken by surprise by the sneaker waves; best to stay away from the water...

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Iceland delivered on every weather imaginable, changing every 5 minutes. The sunshine followed a period of heavy rain causing this massive double rainbow
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Iceland delivered on every weather imaginable, changing every 5 minutes. The sunshine followed a period of heavy rain causing this massive double rainbow

Us in front of a moulin that descended about 40 metres. Apparently you can go on trips where you abseil down one, definitely want to try that next time
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Us in front of a moulin that descended about 40 metres. Apparently you can go on trips where you abseil down one, definitely want to try that next time

Incredible textures of the glacial ice. The weather changed from wet and grim to totally clear and nearly sunny every 5 minutes. Very unpredictable!
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Incredible textures of the glacial ice. The weather changed from wet and grim to totally clear and nearly sunny every 5 minutes. Very unpredictable!

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The hike up Sólheimajökull glacier was *incredible* - thanks for the tip @whatkatiedoes - the black comes from the ash of the 2010 eruption of Eyjafjallajökull, giving the bright blue ice an eerie patina.
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The hike up Sólheimajökull glacier was *incredible* - thanks for the tip @whatkatiedoes - the black comes from the ash of the 2010 eruption of Eyjafjallajökull, giving the bright blue ice an eerie patina.

Met plenty of these hardy fellas, usually up in the mountains in what much be incredibly hostile conditions without any shelter
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Met plenty of these hardy fellas, usually up in the mountains in what much be incredibly hostile conditions without any shelter

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