Foča town for nature lovers

Once I have started, why stop? There are some really gorgeous places near my heart shaped lake, so I will write something about them. I’ve mentioned that the best way to get to Trnovačko jezero is from Foča. This town, despite all troubles it went trough, it still is the cutest little town surrounded by high hills, unbelievable nature and wonderful people who will not only be warm and hearty to anyone who comes along, but are always ready to help man in need.

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Villages there are some of the most beautiful I have ever seen. If you are a traveler, people there will never miss to offer to host you and serve you a coffee and homemade rakija. They have wonderful sense of humor and some truly sincere  attitudetowards people.

Rakija is a drink made usually from plums, but it can also be made from pears…

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Barefooted

    We started off very late and got to the edge of a forest very, very late. Untill the last village, our phones were working, but when we left the last village, following signs our fellow campers left us so we could find a camp, phones were dead and all we could do is move forward and hope we will actually see a camp. Two hours of night walk trough a complete darkness and one very sparkly pair of eyes looking at us from the woods after, we were so happy to see tents of a camp and so happy we actually haven’t missed it in the dark. In the morning we’ve discovered nature is very tamed and, well, there is nothing to be afraid of. Landscape was something between a mountain and a village, with meadows and a river and cherry trees by the road.

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Shape of my heart

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This place is so precious to me that I’m almost not willing to tell you about it. This is a place of true, wild nature. My favorite place in the whole world. I’m asking you to keep my secret safe and if you ever come to visit, take a good care of it.

Somewhere among high mountains of Balkans, between rocks and sky, there is a place I claim to is the most beautiful place in the world. You will think this is a setup, there are no famous movies with this landscape and there are no tourist agencies taking people to take gigabytes of photos just so they can say they have been here.

Trip is not easy or fancy, but the reward at the end is huge. If you travel across the ocean and actually reach Balkan mountains, you will have to drive your car trough the rocky…

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Brzina svetlosti — astronomyinfoblog

Brzina svetlosti u vakuumu (obeležava se sa c), je važna fizička konstanta i iznosi 299792458 m/s (3×108 m/s). Prema specijalnoj teoriji relativnosti, c je maksimalna brzina kojom bilo kakva materija u svemiru može da se kreće pa samim tim i maksimalna brzina kojom može da se prenese bilo kakva informacija. Da bismo govorili o brzini svetlosti, […]

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And off we go!

Last week before the trip was crazy and I surly didn’t got enough sleep and with other things to do at home, there really was not time to even think about Iceland. When I finally got in a plane, I could hardly believe it is happening.

It was Saturday, and our trip was not going to be short and easy. We were first going to Oslo and had a layover there for 9 hours during night. That could not be fun, you would say? I though so too, because we could not make a plan how to go from the airport in the middle of the night and get back in the crack of dawn and actually make our risk worth it in 3 o’clock in the morning. So, we decided to stay at the airport. We expected metal, uncomfortable chairs and a lot of boredom and freezing, but it was kind of great. People at the airport were not bugging us at all and we could stay at closed cafe which had comfortable chairs and was pretty worm. We watched a movie and I actually fell a sleep for about hour and a half so when I woke up I felt I could stay a bit longer. But, it was time to catch another plain and go to our destination.

We were so lucky to fly over Iceland on a beautiful day. Guy next to me probably had some trouble sleeping because of my camera clicking all the time, but I was too exited to care. Seeing ocean turning into ice and combing with the land, this was something I never sow before. The coast was so curious because there was this distinct gray line, like a painting, between blue ocean and white land. It looked like it was painted with the brush. Landing started and we were just about to touch Iceland and discover how beautiful and inclement it can be.

Dance with Aurora Borealis

Looking at shimmering lights from the ground is one astonishing experience but flying in the night sky filed with colors produced by solar wind is truly remarkable undertaking. Believe it or not, such thing was done by Horacio Llorens, pioneer in aerobatic paragliding. Although this happen in Trømso, Norway and is off topic for my research, I couldn’t resist from sharing. Take a look at the pictures and get inspired!

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You can find more about this undertaking Paraglider flying in the Northern Lights.

Princess of Iceland – the Arctic fox

The cutest little creature can be found in Iceland – the Arctic fox (Vulpes lagopus). This was the only terrestrial mammal that had been living in Iceland before the Vikings’ settelment of Iceland. The assumption is it arrived to Iceland over a frozen sea during the last ice age. It can also be found in the colder parts of Finland, Greenland (Denmark), Norway, Russia, Sweden, Alaska (United States), and Canada.

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It’s very small with an average length of 52 to 55 cm and an average weight around 3kg. With its thick white fur during winter, when it settelment of Iceland to retain heat, and brown lean look during the summer, to blend with the environment, it is a real chameleon of Iceland.

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Unfortunately, it is an endangered species in Scandinavia mostly due to global warming and expansion of a the red fox. Population of the red fox was regulated by the grey wolf, its natural enemy, but since the grey wolf is being hunted to near extinction, this has lead to expansion of the red fox to the habitat of the Arctic fox. It seems there were cases of red fox showing up in the Iceland where it represents a real danger to the arctic fox (A Red Fox in Iceland?).

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Very different during summer with darker fur to blend in green landscape
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The little ones are born at the beginning of summer to get ready for the long winter

This beeing a wild animal, my only chance of seeing it would be somewhere in captivity, maybe in the Arctic fox center placed in the Westfjords. Looking forward to meet face to face with this magnificent animals!

 

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The Arctic fox blending perfectly with the snow

Geysers – as if volcanoes and glacier caves are not enough

I’m planing to visit Geysir in Haukadalur. This geysir is, in a way, The Geyser of the world because it was the first known geyser to modern Europeans and the one that all the others got a name after. English word geyser originate from the Icelandic verb geysa, “to gush” (gjósa).

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Secret of a geyser is in pressure. But for geyser to form, we need two things. Water supply and heat supply. Water supply would be some underground river flow, and heat supply the most wondrous of them all – volcano. So, if you have these two under a surface mixing up, you have a great chance for geysir to pop out. As water is heated up by magma under the surface, on a very limited space, it starts to boil and expand. Pressure is growing and water is trying to come out. Once it finds its way up, it can reach remarcable heights. The biggest geyser ever known was Waimangu Geyser in the Taupo Volcanic Zone on New Zealand’s North Island. It was active for a very short period of time, between 1900 and 1904 and its eruptions were up to 450 meters high.
Back to Haukadalur. Although Haukadalur is a name for three different areas (in region of Snæfellsnes, peninsula Westfjords and Golden Circle) the one I’m planning to visit is valley Haukadalur which is part of the Golden Circle. This is the most popular locality for tourists. Haukadalur is geothermal area active since 1294 when local hot springs were activated by earthquake.
The Strokkur and the Geysir are two biggest geysers. Although Geysir is bigger it erupts rarely, unlike Strokkur which erupts every 5 to 10 minutes. There are also more than 40 other fumaroles, little hot sprigs, mud pots and nearby.

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Strokkur right before it erupts

 

A fumarole (ultimately from the Latin fumus,” smoke”) is an opening in a planet’s crust, often in the neighborhood of volcanoes, which emits steam and gases such as carbon dioxide, sulfur dioxide, hydrogen chloride, and hydrogen sulfide. The steam forms when superheated water vaporizes as its pressure drops when it emerges from the ground.

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