If there is one word that comes to mind repeatedly during excursions into the Highlands of Iceland, it is Strangeness. Here, among the last great wilderness areas outside of the polar extremes, you are often met by sights that connoisseurs of the cliché are wont to describe as “surreal.”
Hálendið (“The Highlands”) offers a buffet of dreamlike mountains, lava fields, volcanic craters, sand deserts, waterfalls, lakes, and glacial rivers. Away from the motorable tracks lie sublime visuals accessible only to the determined hiker or through aerial forays. This series brings under one umbrella lesser known abstracts of the Highlandscape, which, in many instances, remain unmarked on maps.
Last month we came upon a Strangeness near Rauðufossafjöll.
The Gems collection.
This final image provides context for the two images above. Notice the small informal parking lot (top centre-right of the frame) used by hikers.