ÍS: Dimmuborgir

north2 And now for Dimmuborgir itself. These pictures are from my visit in May 2015–my second trip to this incredible spot. I think it’s one of my favorite in all Iceland. There’s nothing like it, and the experience of wandering through these “dark cities” (direct translation of the Icelandic name) is surreal. Tolkien fans will appreciate the strong resemblance to LOTR descriptions of Mordor. north5  I can’t top the wikipedia description of this area’s geological origins: “The Dimmuborgir area consist of a massive, collapsed lava tube formed by a lava lake flowing in from a large eruption in the Þrengslaborgir and Lúdentsborgir crater row to the East, about 2300 years ago. At Dimmuborgir, the lava pooled over a small lake. As the lava flowed across the wet sod, the water of the marsh started to boil, the vapour rising through the lava forming lava pillars from drainpipe size up to several meters in diameter.[4] As the lava continued flowing towards lower ground in the Mývatn area, the top crust collapsed, but the hollow pillars of solidified lava remained. The lava lake must have been at least 10 meters deep, as estimated by the tallest structures still standing.”



north24 [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

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