Rampart of the Giantess. The Grjótgarðsháls ridge in the northern Highlands of Iceland holds one of the most startling sights anywhere: a wall of large boulders over 300 m in length and 5 m high set in a sweeping moraine dotted with glacial erratics. The geological explanation for this wondrous landscape lays it at the […]
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An evening to remember. The iconic table mountain Sellandafjall in north Iceland is a personal favourite of mine. My friend Kristinn Ingi Péturson and I spent a blissful autumn evening two years ago on the banks of Sandvatn, captivated by the play of light on the mountain. Our location made possible […]
Isolation. The church at Narfeyri on Iceland‘s Snæfellsnes peninsula dates back to 1563; the current structure was built in 1888. Here lived the farmer and mathematician Vilhjálmur Ögmundsson (1897-1965). Across the fjord is the colourful rhyolite mountain Drápuhlíðarfjall.
Abode of Vishnu. The historic temple of Anant in the village of Savoi-Verem, Goa, is ensconced in a luscious bed of green. A schist plaque of the reclining Vishnu – Anantshayana – dating back to the 11th Century during the Kadamba period is the central object of worship in the garbhagriha. The temple is surrounded […]