Hekla (1,491 metres/4,892 ft) is one of Iceland's most active volcanoes; over 20 eruptions have occurred in and around the volcano since 874.
During the Middle Ages, Europeans called the volcano the "Gateway to Hell" for all lost souls.
Hiking Hekla involves climbing up through many stretches of scree and sharp edged lava beds that lie between the fields of snow. And then at the summit, the snow suddenly disappears and you can sit down on warm ground, a not very subtle reminder that this is an active volcano.
Knowing that, should it erupt, you have about 30 minutes to make what can be a 3 hour descent, adds a little excitement to the adventure.
Here, one of our gang, an Icelandic guy who has made the hike many times since he was a kid, sits alone at the top, looking at his wonderful and surreal country stretched out below.
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Manamo (3654) 2013-03-21 12:57
Iceland is at the very top of my bucket list in terms of travel. I really wish I can go there soon.The foggy/smokey atmosphere is great here and the man sitting on top of the hill makes the composition all the more poetic/thoughtful.
If I could add a constructive critique here, I would say that it lacks a bit of perspective...the fog does not help of course...and I just said that I liked it so you must be wondering ¨well, what would I have done then?¨ Well, it needs balance, so maybe a shorter focal lenght to open up a little and let us see a little more of this gateway to hell. Or maybe work the photo in pp to let some colors shine through the fog.
All the best!
ericgarnier (30) 2013-08-06 7:58
Hey Kristins !
Great photograph !
Where did you take it from ? Who is that person ? where does he/she sit ? How can he/she sit up there whereas the icy cliffs seem to be so high already ? Mud and Ice ? Vapour ?
Please don't answer ! I just don't understand that picture and I like that so much !
Best from Paris,
PS : (will I manage not to read your note ?? I should quickly close that window !)
- Copyright: kristin fellows (KristinsCamera) (2371)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2011-07-21
- Categories: Nature
- Exposure: f/5.0, 1/1250 seconds
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- Photo Version: Original Version
- Theme(s): this is Iceland!, hikers in paradise [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2013-03-11 7:16
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