Raudfeldsgja Gorge
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Raudfeldsgja Gorge

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This is the Rauðfeldsgjá Gorge on the Snaefellsnes peninsula in Iceland. It is lusciously green. You can walk right into the gorge and lose sight of the outside world: faced only with its little waterfalls and a glimpse of the sky above you.

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