Daniel Bergman, our local guide and nature photographer, told us that the alaskan lupin is changing the icelandic landscape. Initially the lupin was planted to bind and improve the soil, but the conditions for the alaskan lupin are near perfect with few, if any, competitors. The spread of the lupin will impact the local flora and fauna. There is a patch of the lupin which stretches from the church and all across the lower part of this image. The hillsides are still untainted though, and I hope it stays that way.