Lands Beyond Minds

The view from the peak of Háalda, overlooking the rhyolite valleys in Landmannalaugar. It took Kaspars and I quite a while to get up there, battling strong winds and rain, though it was a small price to pay when the storm cleared for a brief moment in time.

Truth be told, we had no idea what we would be confronted with when we first set out on this trek. We had initially made our way towards a geothermal area, then decided to take the ‘long way home’ – adding a further 9km to the many hours we had already spent hiking up and down mountains, making for a total of 20km in distance (not withstanding the heights) in the day.

A snow storm was busy dumping its load all over a nearby peak, so we were a little worried that we might get stuck in it on the way back. By the time we got to the top, the entire valley was swathed in heavy grey clouds… so thick that nothing could even be seen. We waited it out though and eventually, were lucky enough to catch an opening. However, you can still see the rain blurring out the mountains in the background of this photo, seeming like a blue and grey haze in the distance.

Location: Landmannalaugar, Fjallabak Nature Reserve, Iceland.

Equipment: Canon 5DsR, Canon 70-200mm f/2.8L II IS USM, Singh-Ray GND 3-stop & 4-stop soft filters.

Settings: Handheld, 1/800 sec, f/5.6, ISO 400.

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