Icy wind drives snowflakes in front of us as we approach the crater of Geldingadalir. Iceland’s youngest volcano stopped spewing only a few months ago. It does not have an official name yet. Therefore, for the time being, it is only called after the valley in which it was formed. The lava is now jet black, but you can still feel the heat and smell the sulfur vapor rising from some fissures. Walking on the lava is actually forbidden, but only a few people keep to it, the mass seems so inert and harmless.
A few days earlier, in the Museum of Photography of Reykjavik, last year’s press photo inspired us to make this trip. The glowing lava flows meander around each other like enchanted fish in the nighttime drone shot.
Wondrous Iceland Stories
Magical, mystical, whimsical. On our trip through Iceland we experienced overwhelming nature, enjoyed the benefits of geothermal energy and tried many an outlandish dish typical of the country. In Iceland there are leader sheep, but under no circumstances ponies. Instead, the descendants of the Vikings today have heated sidewalks, still seething volcanoes and a lot of creativity, which in the long dark months is the best recipe against the onset of winter depression. Other Moment Mal episodes are about hairy beer bottles, petrified trolls and wishing stones. To be continued with fermented, cruelly stinking Greenland shark and rye bread buried in hot earth.