Three years passed by and I finally made it again to the little lava desert in the northeast of Iceland. While Germany was in its, now usual, draught and heat wave, we had to endure unusual amounts of precipitation and a lot of wind instead. But good it was! We walked from a secluded side valley of Bárðardalur to Askja and ended in Svartárkot.
Some first impressions are in the gallery below. More may come later...
Special thanks to KIP!
PS: Uplift at Ólafsgígar is now above 350mm...
Update October 2021:
Three new galleries from an extended walk on Öskjuvegur in the year of 2016:
Alas, again I have no new images from Ódáðahraun this year... Nevertheless, it is time for some news from the heart of Ódáðahraun. An uplift of now (middle of October) almost 150mm is being measured amidst Askja since middle of August. It could be magma accumulation a few kilometres below the surface. For many years there has been deflation in the area, so this is an important change in the volcanos' behaviour. The landrise currently occurs below the areas called Ólafsgígar, Mývetningahraun and below Öskjuvatn. Let's see what happens next.... At least it is a good opportunity to publish some yet unpublished panoramas here.
Daily Vedur.is GPS Measurements around Askja: Link (-> Ólafsgígar OLAC)
Of course you are welcome to visit my dedicated ÓDÁÐAHRAUN galleries, though
many photos from recent trips are still missing...
Ódáðahraun, August 2019
In the last years I spent well over 100 days hiking in the lava field of evil deeds. But painful feet of eternal hikes over sharp-edged lava are quickly forgotten in such moments as this distant view to the queen of all mountains. More than 50 km away from my position at the western edge of the Ódáðahraun she towers over the hostile lava shield of Kollóttadyngja. And when a group of Icelandic horses joins in at the right moment:
My fortune with the weather couldn't be greater, the right time to climb Þorvaldstindur:
A combination of work and amenities on a very green island in the Atlantic Ocean. With some different photos than usually shown here...
A dedicated gallery about my trekking journey's into the barren and otherworldly lava fields of the Ódáðahraun:
A few days in the oldest national park of Denmark.
The gallery is online.
Finally some fresh images taken during the lunar eclipse from the highest mountain of Northern Germany.
More images in the HARZ gallery.