Category Archives: Iceland

Volcanic red. Valagjá (pronounced ‘vaalaa-gyaow’ – gjá is fissure in Icelandic) is an explosion fissure wrought by Hekla, one of Iceland‘s most feared – and currently active – volcanoes. The bleeding red of the rift’s oxidized iron stands out in the dark expanse of volcanic ash, an otherworldly scene right out of the chronicles of […]

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Nature’s canvas. Striking patterns seen on a winter afternoon coasting over Héraðsflói and Héraðssandur. Héraðsflói is a wide bay (flói = bay, in Icelandic) with turquoise green waters abutting the mountains of Borgarfjörður Eystri in northeast Iceland. Tómas Kárason, captain of a fishing boat in Neskaupstaður, flew me in his Cessna 172. We took off […]

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Remote and solitary. The abandoned bay of Vöðlavík in the East Fjords region of Iceland was the locale of the most challenging rescue operation in the history of the US Air Force. An Icelandic fishing vessel Goðinn went down in a raging storm on January 10, 1994, condemning the stranded crew to almost certain death. […]

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