The Valagjá fissure in the south-central Highlands of Iceland is part of the Hekla volcanic system.

These photos were taken on two different occasions. Both the times I had to contend with gale-force winds which made holding the camera steady very challenging. This is an alien world, the strangeness accentuated by the splash of red amid the bleakness of the surroundings. In the first image, I was lucky to record a fleeting moment of a localized (spot)light event. Hekla‘s white dome is seen in the distance.

Valagjá, Highlands of Iceland

5D Mark III, TS-E 17L


Valagja panorama

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5D Mark II, Zeiss ZE 50 f/2 MP

Börkur Hrólfsson at Valagjá

Bleak landscape: Börkur Hrólfsson at Valagjá
5D Mark II, TS-E 24L II

  • Thomas Pindelski - June 18, 2014 - 10:20 am

    Truly otheworldly.ReplyCancel

  • Premanand - June 16, 2014 - 6:37 pm

    Valagja looks like a painting. What is the black dust (looks like coal dust) and what is the localized (spot)light event?ReplyCancel

    • Rajan Parrikar - June 18, 2014 - 10:54 am

      Volcanic ash. Spotlight event is when the sun highlights part of the image while the rest is shadowed.ReplyCancel

  • Borkur Hrolfsson - June 16, 2014 - 2:01 pm

    Great ! I like the first one, super sharp and colorful.ReplyCancel

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