A quick flashback to Iceland today. I am thinking already of our return later this year and this is a photo from the 2017 visit. There are many wonderful places around the island but I always found the highlands most captivating of them all (may be together with the ice lagoon). The variety of landscapes in the interior parts is just astounding. Some are more rugged and rough, some have an almost painterly quality to them, just like the scene in this photo.
It comes from the drive along Route F208 to Landmannalaugar. The road is surrounded by beautifully surreal hills that are a mixture of rocks, lava, moss and sometimes snow depending on the time of the year. When we visited last time we went in late June/early July to experience the midnight sun and there were still remnants of winter visible in some highland spots. The snow added a great extra dimension here and enhanced already picturesque landscape.
I called the image "Sculpted Hills" because of how nature and light created their multidimensional appearance and also because when I was processing the photo it was a lot to do with using dodging and burning to highlight the 3d effect and dimension. Iceland is a land of many shapes, textures and patterns and you can find them everywhere you look if you are willing to take the time to study the surroundings. Every place in the world has their own beauty to admire but so far Iceland has become my favourite place to visit. Preparing to go there for the third time, I feel extremely happy and very lucky to be able to do that. At the same time, I feel a little guilty. Almost like I am abusing the privilege, especially given the impact that tourism has had on the environment in this country.
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