Feast for the soul. Ketildalir (“Kettle Valleys”) are a series of valleys along Arnarfjörður in the Westfjords of Iceland. Resembling the snouts of mythical prehistoric creatures in repose, the mountains lining the fjord present an arresting spectacle. My friend Kristinn Ingi Pétursson (seen in the images below) and I set out on a wintry afternoon […]
Monthly Archives: April 2015
Goa’s creator. Today is Akshaya Tritiya, the birthday of Parashurama, the sixth avatar of Lord Vishnu. The Hindu puranas credit Parashurama as the creator of Goa and the adjoining coastal areas. Goa is often referred to as Parashurama–bhoomi, the Land of Parashurama. There is only one temple in Goa devoted to Parashurama located in the […]
The crater’s many moods. Hverfjall is a massive tephra ring crater formed during a volcanic eruption around 2800 years ago. It is part of the Krafla Volcanic System near Mývatn in north Iceland. The crater is 1.3 Kms in diameter and 140 metres deep. As these images suggest, the Icelandic landscape is given to rapid […]
Enchanting. Run-off water from the Bjarnarflag Geothermal Power Station in north Iceland accumulates in a pool of iridescent blue. The right conditions can lend an otherworldly look to the scene, such as when a snowstorm obscures the surrounds of the pool (first image below).
Eerie. The tailings of a quarry present an extraterrestrial sight following a dusting of snow and frost near Trékyllisvík on the Strandir coast of Iceland. In the second image a lone decrepit house on the abandoned farm Reykjanes is seen in the shadow of the mountain Reykjaneshyrna.