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Turquoise blue lake on the edge of a highland river

Turquoise blue lake on the edge of a highland river

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I had this lake on my wish list ever since I found it on google maps. Because of the color, I have to admit I really wanted to use the drone to capture it from an aerial perspective. The riverbed of the highland river in the foreground gives the picture even more depth. All the more reason to photograph from this direction.

The colors are typical for Iceland. Although not so often, because black and green usually predominate. But it was typically Icelandic — treeless! Brown soil, with erosion gullies cutting through different layers of earth give the motif something special. And then, in total color contrast to the brown, the turquoise of the lake surface.

This picture is one of my favorites of the Icelandic highlands, along with pictures of Mælifell, the mossy course of the river in black desert and pictures of Kerlingarfjöll.

Volcanic remains in the highlands

Volcanic remains

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The last day in the highlands was to take us into the black desert on another sunny day. It was great to finally be able to drive through the desert with good visibility and see the remains of volcanoes all around us. I found the different color so special here, which also stood out from the otherwise black surroundings.

In addition, the weathered basalt structures stand out against the smooth black surface of the surroundings. And to top it all off, I had the light in the right place!

Black desert with grassland in the background

Black desert with grassland in the background

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We reached the edge of the highlands. Far to the west, we drove for a long time through a black lava desert, not a sander like the Mælifellssandur, but raw, partly block-like lava. A very rough landscape that makes me think of the surface of the moon. Even if lunar rhyolite seems to be brighter.

In the background you can dimly make out the grassland through which the large rivers from the highlands run.

View into rhyolite mountains - fumaroles steaming at the top right

View into rhyolite mountains

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On the way out of the highlands, we repeatedly had great views of the complex mountain landscape of the highlands. Rhyolite valleys open up in front of mountain peaks and the sun does the rest to make the rhyolite glow.

If you look closely, you can see the plumes of steam from the fumaroles at the top right. I’m sure I’ve been there before.

Iced leaf with branch

Iced leaf


After 4 months of Iceland pictures (with a few more to come!) and a longer break from blogging, where I spent more time baking baguettes and growing sourdough, I would like to use this picture to remind you of the short ice and snow season here in the north. Now all the white beauty has melted away and I’m looking out into a green landscape again.

This picture comes from my garden at the beginning of January, when we hardly wanted to leave the property because of ice on the roads and paths. The morning sun illuminated part of the rose bush and really set off the remnants of snow and the icy branches and leaves.

How do you like it better? In landscape format with the remnants of snow on the branch, or the only the branch and the icy leaf in portrait format below? read more or write a comment …

Mælifell & Brennivínskvísl, one of the headwaters of Holmsá

Mælifell and Brennivínskvísl

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It’s so nice to let your gaze wander along the river. Just leave Mælifell to the right, see how the blue sky is reflected in the river and how the river then turns to the right to run along the mountain range to Holmsá.

To the right of Mælifell you can see the large alluvial plain, which is repeatedly flooded by Mýrdalsjökull.

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