Photographer's Note

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.

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