Recollections from Iceland that fit into your pocket!
Iceland – a place that is known for striking contrast; the ice and fire, the infertility and dazzling excellence, the hip, thundering nightlife and the stillness of the highlands. The puffins, the horses, the mythical beings, the geysirs, the way of life … Iceland has a touch of everything.
THOR’S HAMMER – In Norse mythology, Mjölnir is the hammer of Thor, the god of thunder. Mjölnir was a fearsome weapon, capable of leveling mountains. In the 13th century Prose Edda, Snorri Sturluson relates that after being thrown at something the hammer always came flying back to Thor.
ICELAND – Two continents meet in Iceland, lying as it does on the Mid-Atlantic Ridge between the North-American and Eurasian tectonic plates. Iceland is known as the lan of ice and fire, as both active volcanos and enormous glaciers can be found there. Icelandic nature contains many such contrasting features – lush valleys and expansive deserts, narrow fjords and vast plains, high waterfalls and big lakes.
In mid-August 2014, Iceland’s second highest mountain, Bárðarbunga, awoke from its slumber. A stratovolcano located under Vatnajökull, Europe’s largest ice cap, Bárðarbunga, is part of a vast volcanic system that covers much of the entre of the island. After a few dramatic days of intense seismic activity, an eruption started in the Holuhraun lava field north of Bárðarbunga. At 4 a.m. on August 31st, the magma found its way to the surface. By the time this book was sent to print, the Holuhraun lava eruption had already become one of the largest witnessed in Iceland since the 19th century and showing no sign of abating.
Ragnar Th. Sigurðsson is one of Iceland’s most experienced photographers. He has closely followed these events from both the air and ground from the very beginning.
Breathtaking photographs from the lava eruption in Holuhraun 2014.
Ragnar Th. Sigurðsson brings you closer to these magnificent events in central Iceland, where the forces of nature continue to shape the island.