Tag Archives: Highlands

Volcanic wonderland. Rauðibotn – lit. red bottom – is among the swarm of craters along the gigantic Eldgjá fissure in the Highlands of Iceland. It is connected to the currently active Katla volcanic system centred under the Mýrdalsjökull glacier. Said to be the largest uninterrupted volcanic canyon in the world, Eldgjá came to be in […]

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An orographic study. Two iconic mountains: Vaðalfjöll in the West and Þóristindur in the south-central Highlands of Iceland. Like so many other mountains in Iceland, these present markedly different profiles depending on the viewing direction. In the image below, can you descry the two human figures atop Vaðalfjöll?      

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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 […]

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Green volcanic cone. Mælifell is the crown jewel of Mælifellssandur, the black volcanic desert adjoining the northern fringe of the Mýrdalsjökull glacier. Given the right conditions, this landscape in the southcentral Highlands of Iceland looks and feels unearthly. The following photo essay features compositions framed on the ground, from a Cessna aircraft, and by a […]

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