As you come down the Öxnadalsheiði pass in north Iceland and into Öxnadalur valley, you are met with the atmospheric sight of Hraundrangi. The serrated ridge crowned by this pinnacle (1075 m) rises from the valley floor almost like a vertical wall. One of Iceland‘s great men, Jónas Hallgrímsson, was born here. (There is a website dedicated to him but it is in Icelandic.)
Hraundrangi was first climbed in 1956 by a party of three, an American and two Icelanders…The flat area on top of it turned out to be less that 0.5 m2. (vide Iceland Road Atlas, 11th edition)
There is an air of mystery to this area. It has the look and feel of a horror movie set or that of an extra-terrestrial landscape, depending on the lighting and weather conditions. In the first image below, we have the sun directly striking the ridge; here I saw the promise of a grayscale shot right away. The next morning turned out to be murky with wisps of clouds hovering around the pinnacle – I couldn’t have asked for a more delicious serving. For a full appreciation, these images have to be seen on a large well-calibrated monitor, or better still, in large prints.
The historic farm Hraun, birthplace of Jónas Hallgrímsson.
Open during the summer months, the Halastjarna restaurant has a dream setting.
Across the road and on the side opposite Hraundrangi lies the abandoned farm of Hólar.
What a great skill you’ve got for taking photographs! I was born and raised in Öxnadalur and I feel like I’ve got a special bond to the Hraundrangi.
I was searching on Google for a beautiful picture of the mountain and yours is by far the most beautiful. I really love the black and white one. I was hoping, and I completely understand if you say no, if it would be possible for me to get your permission to have this photo printed on a blindframe, only that one copy for my own living room? I was going to have a big photo printed and I know the company who prints the photo does need it to be at least 72 dpi. Would it be all right if I printed your photo for my own use? If so, do you happen to have it in that size?
I would have sent this message via email, but there is some problem on my end and I don’t seem to be able to find it.
Hope to hear from you soon!
Best regards from Iceland,
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I just love the black and white ! It´s like out of a troll story, and you can even see the troll on the right hand flank !!
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