Columnar basalt. A spectacular wall of basalt columns in the southern Highlands of Iceland. Vehicular access to this area is granted only once a year during the annual sheep roundup in the Fall.
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An extraordinary evening with Her Majesty. No mountain in Iceland inspires as much awe and affection as Herðubreið (“broad shouldered”), set in the desolate expanse of the Ódáðahraun (“Lava of Evil Deeds”) lava field in the northern Highlands. The table mountain (1682 m) took shape in a subglacial eruption around 20,000 years ago. To the […]
Volcanic crater. Rauðaskál (lit. Red Bowl) is part of the Hekla volcanic system in the south-central Highlands of Iceland. The winds were so ferocious on the top of the crater that a few gusts threatened to toss me off the ground. To obtain an usable photograph I had to be physically shielded and anchored down […]