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Kerlingarfjöll with sunspots


Hiking into the rhyolite mountains of Kerlingarfjöll under cloudy skies and then seeing the cloud cover partially break open makes a photographer’s heart beat faster. That’s what happened to me on the second day in Kerlingarfjöll. It had rained during the night, and I had actually wanted to set off on a longer hike, but the track to the north, which was still easy to walk on the previous day when it was dry, was now slippery and sticky because the clay had softened and collected into thick lumps under my shoes. Walking on sloping clay surfaces was out of the question.

So I chose other stair climbs from the central area and was rewarded with great views of the mountain and valley landscape as the sun broke through the clouds. In the post picture, you can clearly see the different ridges that can be reached via stairs. Now that it was wet, it was also clear why the stairways had been secured with wooden beams. read more or write a comment …

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Fumaroles on one side of the valley


One side of the valley in Kerlingarfjöll towards the south is characterised by a completely different rock and is visually completely set off from the smooth and rounded rhyolite ridges. There are also some fumaroles there and especially an acoustically widely audible fumarole. Steam and hot water are repeatedly emitted here with a dull rumble. Details are shown in the picture.

The other 3 pictures show the whole valley side as a pano and the hiking trail in both directions:

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Hiking at Kerlingarfjöll


The rhyolite landscape at Kerlingarfjöll is a great hiking area and with its valleys full of fumaroles a great spot for landscape photography. On our first afternoon there in the highlands, we drove from the campsite further up into the mountains and did our first hike. There, you can do a circular hike of a little over 5 km, virtually circling one of the valleys with blue-grey river water. The 8 pictures in this article give an impression of the colourful experiences on this mountain and valley hike: read more or write a comment …

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Kerlingarfjöll — geothermal zone in the heart of Iceland

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The geothermal site in the mountains of Kerlingarfjöll has been on my wish list for a visit for a long time. I really wanted to hike the landscape there. It is special, after all, that you first descend from the high car park into the steaming river valley and then hike up various stairs from the area again. The hiking trails always lead along the ridges of the rhyolite mountains, from which you can look down on the other flank or into the valley. read more or write a comment …

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Back from Iceland — Aurora Borealis over Brúarfoss

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What a farewell from three weeks in Iceland! In the evening, before we had to leave for the airport, there was a great chance of seeing auroras. The first night of the new aurora season in Iceland. Moreover, clear skies had been predicted for the first hours of the night.

In the days before, we had met David, a photographer from Munich, who set out to scout one or two locations, i.e. to find out whether the view to the north would be interesting and, above all, whether we could expect light pollution. Songs are not uncommon outside the highlands in the southwest of Iceland because there are many geothermally heated greenhouses that are illuminated with orange plant light all night. Even just thin cloud cover shines orange far around such greenhouses and ruins any aurora photography! read more or write a comment …

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Wetted spider’s web

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A morning in the flowering heath landscape in September. As there was fog that morning, the many spider webs in the heather bushes were wet with dew as we walked into Fischbeker Heide. Everywhere you could see the white webs glowing in the sunlight. I decided to take a close-up to highlight the fine details in the interplay with the branches of the heath.

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Birch Porling

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Rarely have I seen a tree fungus such as this birch porling so beautifully presented. Right on the top edge of a broken birch, beautifully brought into the light by the morning sunlight, while the ground behind the birch stump is still in shadow.

It is one of my most beautiful pictures from my walks in the Harburg Hills and Fischbeker Heide.

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