Tag Archives: Lava

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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Looking down on the Queen. Herðubreið (“broad shouldered”), Queen of the Icelandic Mountains, is set in the expanse of the Ódáðahraun (“Lava of Evil Deeds”) lava field in the northern Highlands. The table mountain took shape in a subglacial eruption around 20,000 years ago. The desolate Ódáðahraun terrain truly feels like an alien world. It […]

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Nature in monochrome. This is the inaugural post of a new series of Icelandic winter scenes that look like they could be recreated with charcoal strokes on an artists’ canvas. To abide by the spirit of that theme, the post-processing has been kept to a minimum. All posts on this theme are collected here.   […]

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