Dormant Giant - Öræfajökull reflected in Jökulsárlón, Iceland
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.