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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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Green volcanic cone. Mælifell is the crown jewel of Mælifellssandur, the black volcanic desert adjoining the northern fringe of the Mýrdalsjökull glacier. Given the right conditions, this landscape in the southcentral Highlands of Iceland looks and feels unearthly. The following photo essay features compositions framed on the ground, from a Cessna aircraft, and by a […]

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Sunrise at 38,000 feet. On my Lufthansa A380 flight from San Francisco to Frankfurt a couple of days ago.   The refulgent Rolls-Royce Trent 900 beauties outside were a feast for the eyes. However, the design of the A380 window porthole, with its larger-than-normal distance between the interior and exterior panels, did not permit the […]

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A test of nerves and skill. Landing an aircraft in Iceland‘s fjords can be an unnerving experience. Negotiating rapid changes in weather and visibility, especially the unforeseen wind gusts, demands a high level of skill. Icelandic pilots are very well trained to operate in these conditions. Last year in March I was stranded for 3 […]

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