Photographer's Note

This is one of the largest alluvial plains of Iceland, taken from about 800m height, on the path towards Kristinartindur.
It is situated between the counties Oraefi and Fljotshverfi and has an area of approx. 1000 km². The distance between the glacier's edge and the sea is between 20 and 30 km and its coastline is 40 km long. A few glacial rivers form innumerable branches in the lower regions and sometimes-terrible flood waves occur, especially when the sub glacial caldera Grimsvotn empties or sub glacial eruptions take place. This plain is mostly devoid of vegetation. Driftwood was sought on the beaches in spite of the distance down there, the rivers, and the quagmires. It was much easier to ride down there during winter, when everything was frozen. Much less driftwood is brought to the south coast by the Gulf Stream nowadays from South-, Middle- and North America.

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Additional Photos by Matteo Porta (mporta) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 198 W: 78 N: 620] (3812)
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