ÍS: Hverfjall: A One Kilometer Wide Volcanic Crater

north9 Hverfjall is a huge, gravel crater at the edge of Dimmuborgir, a gloomy lava formation near Mývatn in the north of Iceland. Dimmuborgir translates as “dark cities,” and the crumbling lava arches and columns (visible in the picture below) really do look like the ominous ruins of some ancient stronghold. In Icelandic folklore, this place connects earth with hell.

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[35mm taken with my Canon EOS Rebel 2000. Click here for more pictures of northern Iceland.Click here for more pictures from my late May 2015 Ring Road Trip. Click here for more pictures of Dimmuborgir and Hverfjall. ]

2 thoughts on “ÍS: Hverfjall: A One Kilometer Wide Volcanic Crater

  1. The caldera walls of the volcano Mount Mazama, within which sits Oregon’s Crater Lake, are also lava formations that look like ruins in places. I guess that commonality speaks to both geology and human imagination.

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