Iceland is situated just south of the Arctic Circle, 970 km west of Norway and 285 km to the
east of Greenland.
The area covers 103,000 km² (more than 2,5 times the Netherlands). From west to east, the
greatest distance is 500 km and 300 km from north to south. The coastline has a length of 5,000 km.
Iceland has over 300,000 inhabitants, of which about 200,000 live in the capital Reykjavik and its surroundings.
Follow Michel Hammann on his trails through Iceland and let yourself be captured by the beauty
of this island: an unspoiled landscape of majestic glaciers, active volcanoes, lava flows, cascading waterfalls and black sand deserts.
The outlet glacier Fjallsjökull flows down from the Vatnajökull ice cap, by far the largest glacier mass in all of Europe. It covers an area of roughly 8,000 sq. kilometers (5,500 sq. miles) and is almost 1,000m thick at its deepest point, with an average thickness of 500m and a total ice volume of 3,300 km3.
Iceland is Hot!
The geothermal area in Haukadalur, about 100 kilometres from the capital Reykjavik and home of the one and only Geysir in Iceland, is without doubt the most photographed natural phenomenon in Iceland. The Geysir itself is not erupting anymore, but even gave its name to this spectacular phenomenon.
Today the nearby Strokkur bursts out every few minutes and sends up a column of water and steam with enormous force up to 35 meters.
My challenge was to capture the phenomenon in a most original way. The panorama is stitched out of 9 original shots of one eruption of Strokkur. Such an eruption takes a few seconds.
Geysir - the most photographed natural phenomenon in Iceland!
In the gallery a selection of my most favorite Iceland shots
Glacier hiking at Sollheimájökull
Feel the power of Iceland's waterfalls
An impression of a hike to a unique and enthralling world of ice on the southern edge of the Vatnajökull ice cap. After a walk along the valley of the Falljökull, we strap on crampons and continue our hike to the slopes of the glacier. This adventure is an amazing experience in a scenic and beautiful world of incredible ice formations. An awe-inspiring ice fall stoically falls hundreds of meters off the mountain top and flows in slow motion towards the ocean. Ash of recent volcanic eruptions shades the surface of the glacier.
Summer Glacier Hike Falljökull
Hikers climbing the glacier peaks of Sólheimajökull in South Iceland. By the eruption of the Eyjafjalla in 2010 the glacier is contaminated with ash that the ice shades in all kinds of varries grey and even black colors.
A journey toward the center of the earth...
Descending into a volcano is virtually impossible in practice. After an eruption, the residual liquid rock solidifies in the main vent and magma chamber, sealing off all access. Even so, there is apparently one exception, the Thrihnukagigur volcano which can be found just 30 minutes from Iceland’s capital Reykjavik. After the last eruption, now 4,000 years ago, the remaining magma flowed back to the intestines of the earth, as if someone had pulled the plug out of a bathtub, leaving an empty main vent and magma chamber. This magma chamber is so large, it could easily hold the American Statue of Liberty. The huge untouched cathedral-like space is composed of burned, broken and torn rocks. Gases and extremely high temperatures have stained the rock with varied colors.
Read the complete report about our descent into the volcano, an amazing and incredible experience!
One of the the three craters of the Thrihnukagigur volcano.
With a cable lift we descend into the pit and reaches the magma chamber of the volcano.
Video report of the descent through the pit to the magma chamber of the Thrihnukagigur volcano.