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    Island of Iceland. Westman Islands.

     

    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     After graduating from medical school, JowyneYap traveled to Iceland in June. She captured this photo while standing on a hill overlooking the town of Skansinn. "This is the place where the lava meets the harbor," she said. "[It's] also a great viewing point of Eldfell, the mountain on the left seen with a crater."
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    Also known as Vestmannaeyjar is actually an archipelago, a chain of islands located in the south of Iceland. The place where I visited, Heimaey is the biggest island of all the islands and also the only one that is inhabited. Heimaey came to the centre of attention in year 1973 when one of the volcano mountain, Eldfell erupted forcing all the people there to move to the mainland. Currently with a population of over 4000 the island is a place that is quiet but eventful, if you are willing to explore. From bird watching to seeing whales, it is just a matter of being at the right place at the right time and also with a little bit of luck on your side. The best way to explore in Heimaey is by foot. At a size of 13.4 square kilometres, it is definitely possible to explore the entire island in a day if you do enjoy a long walk.

    In the picture, the mountain on the left(seen with a crater) is Eldfell.

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