If you’ve read my previous story about the Fagradalsfjall volcano you know that I didn’t have much luck witnessing actual eruption. But the hike was a great experience anyway, so two weeks later, I’ve returned to the same place, took a slightly different path and went on planning to see the eruption.
Judging from the cover photo - I managed.
I invite you to navigate through this photo story and experience the Icelandic landscape through the lens of my camera.
Hiking through the Nátthagi Valley
I start the hike in the late afternoon. The weather is nice, it is sunny and warm.
Enjoying the warm colours, I hike towards the best viewing spot, but this time taking some off-beaten, less-travelled hike.
The landscape is simply stunning!
I cannot count how many times I stop on the way to capture some fantastic views.
After few kilometres, I reach the saddle on the main ridge of Langihryggur, and it seems like I’m just in time as the volcano is active and we have some spectacle to watch!
I sit in ave and admire the powerful, raw element.
It didn’t take long, though. For me, the show lasted 10-15 minutes and then it became calm again. Maybe if I came a few hours earlier… Another time!
But man, imagine what Frodo must have felt on his last part of the journey looking through the landscape like this:
I take a look towards the west, at the lava fields, bathed with the evening sun and distant hills covered with the fumes.
“Happy” golden hours
Since the volcano spectacle transpired quickly, I use the remaining time of that evening to hike around and enjoy the landscape.
THE FCKNG MAGNIFICENT ICELANDIC LANDSCAPE. Right?
The light is warm and soothing, making everything looks even more mesmerizing. No wonder people just stand there and watch.
The walk to the parking lot felt a bit long. It is a couple of kilometres. But it is pretty amazing.
Occasionally, I knee to look down at scarce yet beautiful plants.
Closer towards the end, someone in the sky switched on a display of fabulous pink/blue/violet hues, and I can’t help myself but simply watch and enjoy.
Finally, reaching the end of the trail, I’m greeted with one last, incredible view.