Valagjá Revisited

Volcanic red.

Valagjá (pronounced ‘vaalaa-gyaow’ – gjá is fissure in Icelandic) is an explosion fissure wrought by Hekla, one of Iceland‘s most feared – and currently active – volcanoes. The bleeding red of the rift’s oxidized iron stands out in the dark expanse of volcanic ash, an otherworldly scene right out of the chronicles of Star Trek.

This area in the south-central Highlands often experiences gale-force winds. On this late afternoon, relatively calm conditions permitted the drone to take flight. And for a brief moment the sun spotlighted the tagl (‘tail’ of the fissure), seen below in the final image and the video.

An earlier post on Valagjá is here.

Valagjá, Iceland

5DS, 24-70L f/2.8 II

Valagjá, Iceland

DJI Phantom 4

Valagjá Tagl, Iceland

Fissure colours
DJI Phantom 4

Valagjá Tagl, Iceland

Tagl (‘tail’ of Valagjá)
DJI Phantom 4


  • Claudio - September 28, 2018 - 5:26 pm

    Hi Rajan! Thanks fór sharing this beauty.
    Is Valagja easily reachable by car/foot from f225?
    How much time does It take the visit?
    Thank you so much!

  • Bob_B - March 26, 2018 - 12:16 pm

    Hi Rajan: Breathtaking vista, and the colors are truly other-worldly. Out of curiosity, are the yellow areas patches of sulfur?

    Best wishes, BobReplyCancel

    • Rajan Parrikar - March 26, 2018 - 12:19 pm

      Thanks, Bob. The yellow patches are dried moss and grass. A few days of rain can turn them very green.ReplyCancel

  • Börkur Hrólfsson - March 25, 2018 - 1:46 pm

    These are great ! It was a great day, and a prelude to the following amazing day.ReplyCancel

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