ÍS: Lava Fields on Snæfellsnes

Lava fields in IcelandOnce the most distinctive features of Iceland’s other-worldly landscape are the lava fields (hraun). The Snæfellsnes peninsula has a number of volcanoes, one of the biggest and most notable being Snæfellsjökull, a stratovolcano at the end of the peninsula that is covered by an icecap. Snæfellsjökull last erupted around 200 ad., but its claim to fame is more recent. This is the volcano through which Jules Verne’s characters travel from the surface to the core in Journey to the Center of the Earth.

Thanks to Snæfellsjökull and company, the western half of the peninsula features some of the most beautiful lava fields in the whole country. You can literally see the path the magma took as if flowed down out of the mountains to the water. 
Lava fields in Iceland

Lava fields in Iceland   [35mm taken with my Canon EOS Rebel 2000. Click here for more pictures of Snæfellsnes. Click here for more pictures from my late May 2015 Ring Road Trip.]

5 thoughts on “ÍS: Lava Fields on Snæfellsnes

  1. I just wanted to tell you that I love your photos of Iceland. They are so beautiful and mystical. I’ve been adding them into a slideshow for my desktop background, which changes every hour along with my own photos from my trip to Scandinavia… Thanks for sharing such beautiful imagery! 🙂

    – ANNE CATHERINE WEISENSTEIN Chapman ’14 || BS Business || BA Screenwriting Personal Website || LinkedIn 831.588.2825

    On Mon, Sep 14, 2015 at 12:44 PM, An American in Iceland (and other places

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