Monthly Archives: January 2011

As soon as I got into Goa the other day, my little niece Saraswati showed me something that at once brought to my mind the magnificent sight of Dyrfjöll (“Door Mountains”) in east Iceland. This striking formation is encountered en route to Borgarfjörður Eystri, and looks like a wall with a slot punched through it. […]

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[Update: Ólafur Petursson passed away on February 22, 2012. He was 102.] Among the most feared volcanoes in Iceland, Katla last erupted in 1918. At the time Ólafur Pétursson (b. 1909) was 9 years old, and his wife þórunn Björnsdóttir (b. 1911) was 7. The couple are today the last living witnesses to that cataclysmic […]

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Skógafoss in south Iceland is easily accessible due to its proximity to the Ring Road. Since nearly every visitor takes a picture here, Skógafoss has become a photographic cliché. Why then, you may wonder, did I plant my tripod at the exact same spot like so many before me? Because the light, the sight, and […]

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As you come down the Öxnadalsheiði pass in north Iceland and into Öxnadalur valley, you are met with the atmospheric sight of Hraundrangi. The serrated ridge crowned by this pinnacle (1075 m) rises from the valley floor almost like a vertical wall. One of Iceland‘s great men, Jónas Hallgrímsson, was born here. (There is a […]

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