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Green and Black Land

Posted by
Darkelf Photography (Perth, Australia) on 5 April 2016 in Landscape & Rural.


Iceland is full of grandiose landscape and iconic locations. While hunting for the shameless trophy shots, I was also on a lookout for something a little different - strange patterns, bursts of light, unusual formations or contrasting landscapes.

The barren and desolate area of Lakagigar was full of such unusual elements. The area is famous for an event that took place in 1783, when an extensive set of fissures opened, forming around 135 craters (hence the name Lakagígar - Laki craters). The craters then spewed molten rock up to 1km into the air devastating the surroundings and causing wide spread consequences for Iceland, Europe and even as far as Alaska and Japan.

The fissures are a sight in themselves but the the terrain around them is just unbelievable. Green and vibrant in places where vegetation has covered the lava, and dark and eerie in other places where black rocks and ash have a sinister edge to them. Together they make for an interesting contrast and this is what fascinated me the most about Lakagigar.

That and of course just driving there is an experience in itself. Around 40km of dirt track (coming from the south) and we had to cross seven streams on the way there. Even simple ford crossings are not for the faint-hearted and one has to be treading very carefully. We were lucky that the ford levels were reasonably low. The journey one way took over two hours.

I hope you like this different look at Icelandic landscape. Let me know what you think.

Canon EOS 5D Mark III 1/13 second F/8.0 ISO 200 97 mm

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