Category Archives: Iceland

First dusting of the season. The site of Úlfljótsvatnskirkja dates back to the settlement era, the current structure was built in 1914. The provenance is explained below by Börkur Hrólfsson (“Emperor of Northern Lights”): Úlfur is wolf and ljótur is today ugly, but in the old days it meant facial expressions. So the first lawspeaker […]

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Earth on boil. At the base of the mountain Námafjall in north Iceland is one of the most infernal sights on the planet: a smorgasbord of fumaroles, solfataras, boiling mud pools, slopes of red clay, colourful patches of mineral deposits and geometry in clay. The Earth here is literally seething and to add to the […]

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Volcanic crater. The 4000 years old scoria crater Gráakúla (“Grey Bump”) lies at the edge of the Berserkjahraun lava field on the Snæfellsnes peninsula in Iceland. Pronunciation tip: Grá is like the ‘grow’ in ‘growl.’ And so, Grá-a-kúla = grow-aa-cool-aa. Berserkjahraun takes after the Berserkers (whence the phrase “to go berserk”). You may read the […]

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