The tiny village of Flateyri in Önundarfjörður in the Westfjords of Iceland is surrounded by spectacular scenery. However, dangers lurk in this idyllic setting. On October 25, 1995, a deadly avalanche rolled over the settlement burying homes and killing 20. (The population of the village is only ~200.)

The panorama below was taken around 1:15 am. The quality of light was not to my satisfaction and there was howling wind to contend with. The camera was mounted on a pano rig made by Really Right Stuff.

Notice the ‘deflecting wall’ in the foreground (around 1/3 of the way in), erected after the fatal avalanche. Click on the photo to fire up a larger view.


5D Mark II, Zeiss ZE 50 f/2 MP
Click on image for a larger view


See this short video clip from NOVA that talks about the Flateyri avalanche.

Video downloaded from Teachers’ Domain, http://www.teachersdomain.org.
©2006, 1997 WGBH Educational Foundation. All rights reserved.
Adapted from NOVA: “Avalanche!”. A NOVA Production by the WGBH/Boston Science Unit in association with La Cinquieme and Sveriges Television. Stock footage courtesy of Icelandic National Television Service, 365 Media/Channel 2 Iceland, and Stephen Kroschel. Animation courtesy of David Woolard and Paul McGeoch, Pictures on the Wall.
This resource was adapted from NOVA: “Avalanche!”
Teachers’ Domain Collection funded by National Science Foundation.
  • Jon - April 16, 2012 - 1:23 pm

    Nice shot and background information. I like the picnic table in the foreground.ReplyCancel

  • Borkur Hrolfsson - April 14, 2012 - 2:51 pm

    I remember this night !
    I envy you, you get so good photos.
    This is one of them.ReplyCancel

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