The hike to the top of Hekla, the volcanic peak at the top left of this photo, was definitely one of the highlights of last year's trip to Iceland. This photo was taken from the 4WD taxi drop-off point, after which it's a 5 or 6 hour hike up and back down. The views from the top were spectacular, if unphotogenic due to hazy light, with a view of Iceland's four main icecaps, Vatnajokull, Hofsjokull, Langjokull and Myrdalsjokull.
More info from Wikipedia
Hekla is a stratovolcano located in the south of Iceland with a height of 1,488 m (4,882 ft). Hekla is Iceland's most active volcano; over 20 outbreaks have occurred in and around the volcano since 874. During the Middle Ages, Icelanders called the volcano the “Gateway to Hell”.
Hekla is part of a volcanic ridge, 40 km long. However, the most active part of this ridge, about 5.5 km long, is considered to be the volcano Hekla proper. Hekla looks rather like an overturned boat, with its keel being in fact a series of craters, two of which are generally the most active.
The most recent eruption was on February 26, 2000. During this eruption, a NASA DC-8 aeroplane accidentally flew through the plume with all instruments switched on, resulting in unprecedented measurement of a young volcanic plume. The next eruption is believed by locals to be due some time in mid to late 2008.
Critiques | Translate
totoamoto (1569) 2008-04-19 1:53
J'aime beaucoup la composition..
Cette terre noire. On a vraiment envie de suivre ce chemin jusqu'à Hekla
Superbe lumière et couleurs pour cette très belle image
Floydian (30970) 2008-04-19 2:02
Your eye for great compositions did not let you down here. The crop and framing are wonderful. That yellow road at the right is guiding us up to the trail and up to the volcano. Your exposure with light on the big rock on the left but also that deep blue sky is really wonderful.
Have a nice weekend, Henk
kristofk (791) 2008-04-19 3:42
a wonderful view of the raw nature - now looking tranquil and benevolent but known at times for its explosive character. Splendid colours and sharpness, as well as composition.
Best regards, Kristof
Dyerco (10185) 2008-04-19 4:24
Great composition John. The road on the right curves into the image and brings the eye to the BG volcano. The textures ans colours in the rock are intriguing. TFS.
asajernigan (21427) 2008-04-19 7:56
Excellent composition here with the road leading the eye into the shot. The placement of the sign is nice also helping to lead the eye to the snow covered mountain in the distance. The landscape is outstanding and you have captured it well.
Clementi (52514) 2008-04-20 0:27
ciao John ,
Foto con un panorama da rimanere a bocca aperta.
ottima sotto tutti i punti vista con una eccezionale nitidezza , interessenti le indicazioni non disturbano la vista con i soliti cartelli .
buon fine settimana
pboehringer (770) 2008-04-22 7:18
thanks for the very clear sign in the foreground opening the trail to Hekla. Funny foreground element to lead our eyes to the real main attraction that is placed very much in the right upper corner and background. The clouds in on top of the volcano gives a nice balance to the big foreground sign. The trail being visible opens the felling of this not beeing such a long hike as you described it in your note. Maybe your photographgic gear was so bulky and heavy that it took you so long to get there.
SteveH (6309) 2008-04-25 18:35
Hi John, Certainly an imaginative composition. Ordinarily I would try to exclude signs, but this one works well. cheers Steve
smarcell (19965) 2008-04-27 13:23
A frozen desert. I love these kind of landscapes: lava, volcanoes and ice. Very beautiful
parbo (11092) 2008-05-01 18:22
Attractive contrasts and depth with yellow road and dark field. Excellent addition of rock formation at left and stone sign but splendid sky and snowy mountains are still continues eye catching. Congratulations.
abulafia (4900) 2008-05-02 1:22
Looks great, i like the foreground attraction, very clever:)
Im really impressed by the quality of your pictures, very sharp and the colors are great.
Wandering_Dan (3449) 2008-05-04 11:09
Hi, John -
What a barren landscape! Great imagery, and the positioning of the road there is superb. The sign looks almost like an intrusion into a world where man visits but should not linger. Great clarity, too.
clio (27961) 2008-05-15 1:10
Extraordinary landscape! We are amazed well to see appearing these indications of edge of road!
The contrast of this black ground with the light is really very successful. As well as the still covered with snow summit.
jorgi (3810) 2008-05-15 1:16
this one definitelly deserves more attention! Already black scenery makes it much different from others seen here on TE, low point of view with carefully directed point of direction simply superb. The view goes through a sign to a long powerful yellow curve making its way through vast scenery of nothing but black sand all the way to the rising peak of Hekla. It is simply brilliant! The sky is the top of the creme as a great contrast to land scenery, making it even more unique.
brandstaetter (15915) 2008-08-21 7:30
this pic makes me wish to go there immediately with my KTM 640 adventure :)
great shot with the inclusion of the road sign.
- Copyright: John Freeman (johnfreeman) (2274)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2007-08-01
- Categories: Nature
- Camera: Nikon D200, Nikkor 12-24mm f/4G ED DX
- Exposure: f/14.0, 1/100 seconds
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Travelogue: Iceland 2007
- Date Submitted: 2008-04-19 1:04