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The canyon of Skógar (1885)

Along the Skógar

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It was once again one of those gray, rain-cloud-covered days in Iceland, but at the same time the days of lush green! I had arrived at Skógafoss and found the waterfall itself quite boring, although it thundered with great force on a width of 25 meters 60 meters into the depth. However, I had made up my mind before leaving for Iceland to hike above the waterfall in its river valley. The route is part of the long-distance hiking route Laugavegur from Landmannalaugar to Skógar, which runs here as a long day hike from Þórsmörk between the glaciers Eyjafjallajökull and Mýrdalsjökull. But I didn’t want to hike all the way to the ridge, especially because the weather with the constant drizzle didn’t invite to a day hike either.

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Eyvindarhólar (1779)

On the way to Skógafoss

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On the way to Skógafoss, the Eyjafjallajökull glacier comes closer and closer to the course of the ring road. Even though the glacier itself was hidden in the clouds, the view of the mountain range offered an incredible amount of detail. I had once again taken out my telephoto lens and condensed the landscape. Just a small piece of a pasture in the foreground and then the view of the hillside with a multitude of watercourses and small canyons.

There is much to discover in this motif.

Seljalandsfoss (1567)

Seljalandsfoss Waterfall

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One of the most photographed waterfalls in Iceland. The special thing is that you can go into a cave behind the waterfall and take pictures in the evening hours through the waterfall to the setting sun. I was still under a gray cloud cover after my visits to the volcano, so I had to come up with something else as a subject.

White veils of water against a white sky just don’t work. But this crop in the opposite direction expresses so much of the dynamics of the waterfall. The water crashes onto a stone slab and splashes away to the sides. To the left and right of the main stream, weak streams plunge into the depths. In the photo they can be seen as translucent curtains to the left and right of the main fall. A thoroughly interesting motif in black and white — and certainly a rare view.

Krýsuvík Geothermal Area (0126)

Krýsuvík Geothermal Area

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On the peninsula Reykjanes, a little south of the Icelandic capital Reykjavík lies the geothermal area Krýsuvík. Between my visits to the volcano Fagradalsfjall I had driven to the geothermal area in light rain and very low-hanging clouds. I already knew from my visit in Yellowstone that geothermal areas have their special charm when the vapors mix with the rain clouds. Only a short way into the geothermal area Krýsuvík and already I stood in the middle of the sulfurous vapors. Bubbling mud holes, gray lakes and next to them the amazing rhyolite hills, shining yellow and red.

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Fagradalsfjall volcano - two color sky (1003)

Fagradalsfjall volcano — two color sky

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At the beginning of dusk, an area of rain with low-hanging clouds once again moved in over the Fagradalsfjall volcano. This meant that south of the volcano, where many of the lava flows went, the clouds were illuminated by the glowing lava.

I had experienced two-color skies in northern Germany several times, as seen in my portfolio »Riverbank of the Elbe«, but there the yellow of the sun was usually seen next to the blue of the evening atmosphere. Here, however, the mixture was red/blue!

Fagradalsfjall Volcano (0874)

Fagradalsfjall volcano in Iceland I

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At the beginning of my 2‑week Iceland trip I had climbed up several times to the volcano Fagradalsfjall, on the second day I should finally succeed to experience it actively. I had climbed up on the west side the way designated as track B to the mountain ridge Fagradalsfjall. It was an exhausting way with a very steep ascent of about 200 vertical meters and the backpack full of photo equipment, food and especially enough to drink on my back. When I crossed the crest of the ridge, the big vent No. 5 lay in front of me and when the first lava fountains spurted out of the vent I could hardly believe my luck. To come fast forward to the edge of the lava was not to be thought, because the mountain ridge was provided with loose stones in head size. I had to set my steps very exactly.

Arrived at the edge of the lava field, the vent was perhaps still 500m away from me. But you could stay a good 5–10 meters away from the molten lava because you were much higher up on the mountainside. So I had a lava flow running crosswise in front of me at a short distance, from which lava tongues kept pouring towards the mountainside. read more or write a comment …

Baltic coast below Bockholm (0351)

On the steep bank near Wahrberg

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The steep bank near Wahrberg, located on the southeastern edge of the Holnis peninsula, was unknown to us for many years. Above is a golf course, which you cross along the road to Bockholmwik, and from Bockholmwik you have a beautiful view of the beech forest that stands on top of the steep bank.

You can make a nice round trip from Bockholmwik by walking between the golf club and the forest to Bockholm on the way out, and then walking back along the rocky shore below the bluff. That’s what we did this year. read more or write a comment …

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