Dormant Giant - Öræfajökull reflected in Jökulsárlón, Iceland

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Last weekend on a trip with Erez, Dima and Shy to Jökulsárlón and Skaftafell area we were greeted with a very calm and beautiful morning on our first day. The skies where clear and the dormant volcano Öræfajökull was lit up with pink alpenglow.

Mt. Öræfajökull rarely sees this kind of light as all too often there are clouds on the horizon that block these colorful early morning rays. Luck was with us and the colorful light brought contrast to the ridges and glacial features of the snowy mountain.

Öræfajökull is the highest mountain and volcano in Iceland. One of the most feared aswell as it has violently erupted twice in historical times. Prior to the first eruption the area around it was challed Hérað which means shire being green and lush. After the eruption the area was flooded and covered in ash and volcanic debris. For decades after the eruption the area was uninhabited and since been called Öræfi which means badlands. For me from a photographers point of view this area is a dreamland.

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  1. Caz 71♥(On & Off) 35 months ago | reply

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  2. kurtolo81 35 months ago | reply

    amazing view!

  3. Daniel H Chui 34 months ago | reply

    Absolutely top notch

  4. Wsarnak 33 months ago | reply

    Wonderful :P

  5. Colskier1 33 months ago | reply

    Wonderful light and very nice comp.

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  7. saden*** 32 months ago | reply

    Una preciosidad de imagen!

  8. marthinotf 31 months ago | reply

    Absolutamente linda esta foto y representativa de esa Islandia maravillosa ..

    Saludos con amistad desde Spain

  9. ☂ tee marie ✄ [deleted] 31 months ago | reply

    heaven does exist!! <3

  10. ƇĦŘĺς ΛΨŁЩΛŘĐ ƤĦŎŦŎƓƦΛƤĦϔ 26 months ago | reply

    this is epic, I hope its like this when I visit next month!

  11. vertmars 26 months ago | reply

    what more can I say that hasn't been said above but I feel so moved by this and many of your images, yes I know you have a better chance to get great pictures as you live on the Island But that's just half the story your skill and dedication are outstanding

  12. _Zinni_ 24 months ago | reply

    A cool scene and place and a nice shot!

  13. Peter Ellis, Photographer 23 months ago | reply

    Very beautiful shot !!

  14. ~*Ms. Spiller*~ 23 months ago | reply

    Capture amazing! Excellent photo!

  15. MirrorlessvsD-SLR2 9 months ago | reply

    quite amazing image but I see some color read-out noise in the deep shadow even in this small web site image. But it is outstanding image!

  16. saden*** 3 months ago | reply

    Bellísima toma!!!

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