“I need to calm down” – I told my wife as we learned about the volcano eruption. I typically feel an intense urge to immediately go to the eruption site, which sometimes feels unhealthy. Before the eruption I had planned to go for a run on Hengifell mountain (15 km, 700 m elevation). So I went ahead with my plan. When I returned, the police in Reykjanesbaer decided to open the trail, making it a total of 20 km (12.5 miles). Despite feeling tired and it being late, we couldn’t sit still. Around 22:00, we began our hike up to the volcano.

Although I was dozing off on the way back (while still walking) around 5 am, it turned out to be the best decision we could have made. The volcano was magnificent, powerful, yet still young and accessible.

What caught my attention was the extensive burning moss below the crater. This was not as prevalent in previous years, so I felt it was a trademark of this volcano. Hence, I decided to emphasize the sound of moss as the primary element, with the rumbling, deep voice of the volcano in the background. Join me on this journey to the Fagradalsfjall eruption and immerse yourself in the primal and mesmerizing power of nature.

See also:  Icelandic Sheep

The title of this post comes from how my wife labelled the photos from the trip – I love it so much 🙂

fot. Magdalena Łukasiak

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