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Iceland Volcano and highlands

I think everyone is fascinated with volcanoes. How can you not be? In the past, they were considered portals to the underworld, which in a sense they are! When you realize the extreme conditions needed to melt rock and make it shoot up tens of meters in the air, you cannot imagine anything similar in any known environment.Volcanoes are uniquely beautiful. The red and orange colors of the lava are a magnet to the eye, especially when combined with the usual black volcanic earth all around. Add clouds of ash and the formations of the eruption itself, and sometimes even other elements such as water—and you have a very beautiful combination. In addition, volcanic landscapes are changing landscapes, meaning they always look different after some time. They allow more and more original imagery to be made in the same location.
Geldingadalsgos Volcano site ,self capture. No matter what I'll write, I won't be able to make you feel the same emotions I felt while standing there. It was my last day at the volcano  and after five days the lava overflowed and broke the walls , arriving all the way till the bottom of the mountain where I was. Now this viewpoint isn't accessible anymore since the lava surrounded that hill. I definitely can call myself lucky for being able to stand there and get this view!Geldingadalsgos Volcano site ,self capture. No matter what I'll write, I won't be able to make you feel the same emotions I felt while standing there. It was my last day at the volcano and after five days the lava overflowed and broke the "walls" , arriving all the way till the bottom of the mountain where I was. Now this viewpoint isn't accessible anymore since the lava surrounded that hill. I definitely can call myself lucky for being able to stand there and get this view! The view of the islands of Elliðaey and Bjarnarey from the extreme side of the new land created by the 1973 eruption on the island of Heimaey, Vestmannaeyjar (the Westman Islands), Iceland.
In the distance is visible, on Iceland mainland, Eyjafjallajökull, the Glacier of the Islands, that takes its name from the Vestmannaeyjar. at Bjarnarey there is a lodge ,while at Elliðaey (left ) there is a mystery of one of the world's loneliest house on remote island that has been empty for over 100 yearsThe view of the islands of Elliðaey and Bjarnarey from the extreme side of the new land created by the 1973 eruption on the island of Heimaey, Vestmannaeyjar (the Westman Islands), Iceland.
In the distance is visible, on Iceland mainland, Eyjafjallajökull, the Glacier of the Islands, that takes its name from the Vestmannaeyjar. at Bjarnarey there is a lodge ,while at Elliðaey (left ) there is a mystery of one of the world's loneliest house on remote island that has been empty for over 100 years
Kerlingarfjöll
Kerlingarfjöll
Hell on earth
Hell on earth
A fiery dragon
"A fiery dragon"
Despite this being an otherworldly experience, it begins, like many adventures, in a car park. Ever since the Gerlingadalur eruption began on March 19, 2021, Icelanders—and now vaccinated international visitors such as myself —have made pilgrimages to see the lava spew, bubble, and flow across this stretch of the Reykjanes Peninsula in southwestern-most Iceland. What’s astonishing is that this once-in-800-years display of nature’s force is only a 45-minute drive south of Reykjavík. It’s even closer to Keflavík Airport, the largest airport in the country—a mere 20 minutes by car. Imagine that: an active volcano one would deem “accessible.” You could land in Iceland in the morning from the United States (there are flights from Boston, JFK-NYC, and Washington, D.C., as of May), await your negative COVID test results at a nearby hotel, and once cleared, see the volcano erupt in the same day.Despite this being an otherworldly experience, it begins, like many adventures, in a car park. Ever since the Gerlingadalur eruption began on March 19, 2021, Icelanders—and now vaccinated international visitors such as myself —have made pilgrimages to see the lava spew, bubble, and flow across this stretch of the Reykjanes Peninsula in southwestern-most Iceland. What’s astonishing is that this once-in-800-years display of nature’s force is only a 45-minute drive south of Reykjavík. It’s even closer to Keflavík Airport, the largest airport in the country—a mere 20 minutes by car. Imagine that: an active volcano one would deem “accessible.” You could land in Iceland in the morning from the United States (there are flights from Boston, JFK-NYC, and Washington, D.C., as of May), await your negative COVID test results at a nearby hotel, and once cleared, see the volcano erupt in the same day. The gloving hot lava creates different creatures from the melted magma.
The gloving hot lava creates different creatures from the melted magma.
Kerlingarfjöll  geothermically active area
Kerlingarfjöll geothermically active area
Thorsmork is the base camp for two of Iceland's favorite treks: Laugavegur and Fimmvörduáls.
Thorsmork is the base camp for two of Iceland's favorite treks: Laugavegur and Fimmvörduáls.
Kerlingarfjöll
Kerlingarfjöll
Geothermal hot spring with the volcano in the back
Geothermal hot spring with the volcano in the back
molten rock
molten rock
 Jökulsárlón  lagoon ,sunset
Jökulsárlón lagoon ,sunset
Gunnuhver Hot Springs a highly active geothermal area of mud pools and steam vents on the southwest part of the Reykjanes Peninsula. Named after an angry female ghost, Gudrun, whose spirit was trapped in the hot springs by a priest 400 years ago, the steamy area has an eerie atmosphere and an incredible sulphur vapor.Gunnuhver Hot Springs a highly active geothermal area of mud pools and steam vents on the southwest part of the Reykjanes Peninsula. Named after an angry female ghost, Gudrun, whose spirit was trapped in the hot springs by a priest 400 years ago, the steamy area has an eerie atmosphere and an incredible sulphur vapor. Þórsmörk , a nature reserve in the highlands
Þórsmörk , a nature reserve in the highlands
View from the last hill where you watch the volcano from short distance and right now is closed because the lava is all around it.View from the last hill where you watch the volcano from short distance and right now is closed because the lava is all around it. the eye of Mordor
the eye of Mordor
the dynamic range of the scene is extreme at night
the dynamic range of the scene is extreme at night
Kerlingarfjöll is a group of small geothermically active and rust-colored mountains
Kerlingarfjöll is a group of small geothermically active and rust-colored mountains
Drone capture ,top of glacier
Drone capture ,top of glacier
Hike to Kerlingarfjöll
Hike to Kerlingarfjöll
Þórsmörk , a nature reserve in the  highlands , 3 pano photos with the Drone
Þórsmörk , a nature reserve in the highlands , 3 pano photos with the Drone
“The path to paradise begins in hell.” Dante Alighieri
“The path to paradise begins in hell.” Dante Alighieri
Fagradalsfjall volcano.  Performed by Nature..
Fagradalsfjall volcano. Performed by Nature..
A fiery dragon
"A fiery dragon"
Þórsmörk
Þórsmörk
Fagradalsfjall volcano update: Lava overflows dam, enters valley towards southern Ring Road
Fagradalsfjall volcano update: Lava overflows dam, enters valley towards southern Ring Road
Greetings ! Thank you all for your views, comments and support !
Greetings ! Thank you all for your views, comments and support !
abandon all hope ye who enters here -Inferno Dante Alighieri
"abandon all hope ye who enters here" -Inferno Dante Alighieri
Kerlingarfjöll is one of the most precious natural attractions in Iceland.
Kerlingarfjöll is one of the most precious natural attractions in Iceland.
Icelandic highlands with a super jeep
Icelandic highlands with a super jeep
Þórsmörk , a nature reserve in the southern Icelandic highlands
Þórsmörk , a nature reserve in the southern Icelandic highlands
 the aspects of fire governed by Freyja, Logi and Loki.  Norse mythology
the aspects of fire governed by Freyja, Logi and Loki. " Norse mythology "
The broader Fagradalsfjall volcanic system
The broader Fagradalsfjall volcanic system
Pandemic or not the world will never stand still, and no clearer than in Iceland
Pandemic or not the world will never stand still, and no clearer than in Iceland