Recently, I spent eight days in Iceland driving the Ring Road. I spent many miles zig-zagging through the whole country. I’ve wanted to go to Iceland for many years. I wanted to see this wild desolate place for myself. Iceland did not disappoint.
Around every corner was something breathtaking or just amazing. Large parts of the country are very desolate but in that desolation is a kind of beauty. I resonate with this quote by Hannah Kent,
“In Iceland, you can see the contours of the mountains wherever you go, and the swell of the hills, and always beyond that the horizon. And there’s this strange thing: you’re never sort of hidden; you always feel exposed in that landscape. But it makes it very beautiful as well. “
As I sort through my memories and photos I will be doing a series of small articles and images that I took in Iceland. This is the first installation.
Námafjall Geothermal Area
One of the first sets is Námafjall Geothermal Area. This area is in the Northeast area of Iceland. It’s a very desolate area and probably the closest to an alien planet I’ll ever stand on. The smell is overpowering – burning sulfur and it stays with you until you take a shower.
The colors of the ground remind me of movies I’ve seen that take place on Mars. The oozing and bubbling mud pots are fascinating to watch – they are so hot (around 392 degrees Fahrenheit) that it quite literally boils the grey mud.
Námafjall has a large number of warning signs and ropes to block off areas people are not supposed to be. Even with the threat of death I still saw footprints past the barriers. It makes me sad that some people think that they are above the rules. Not only do they put themselves and others (who might try to rescue them) in danger, it destroys the natural beauty for others. When visiting places like Iceland please be respectful.