Land of Fire and Ice

Back from Iceland, where I took my lovely bride of 20 years for a few days in Reykjavik and a beautiful, challenging 2 day hike on the Fimmvörðuháls pass…which took us directly over the twin craters of the Eyjafjallajökull volcano [last erupted spring of 2010].

It was like walking through Middle Earth. One section your in the Shire….the next, Rivendell….and soon, Mordor. Some photos below.

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Damn fine coffee!

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Skogafoss – the beginning of the Fimmvörðuháls trail

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I actually started losing count of the number of waterfalls along the Skoga River

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Yup…another waterfall. Seriously, there’s like 15 of these things….

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Near as we could figure, the beginning of the Skoga River…at least where it first peeks out into the sunlight.

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Entering Mordor

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The two craters of Magni and Móði, from the 2010 eruption.

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Steam and gas still coming out of what was the ‘magma waterfall’.

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Mrs. CI snapping a pic

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This chain and about a hoof and a half track were all that kept us from tumbling down……

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…this. This area of the trail was taken out by the Eyjafjallajökull eruption.

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One happy hiker getting past that chain

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A moonscape table-top plateau

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Coming down into the Shire

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Just crazy man…..

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Finally ending at the Krossá River, to camp a final night and board the 4×4 bus back to Reykjavik.

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