Der jüngste Vulkan Islands hat erst vor wenigen Monaten aufgehört zu spucken. Die Lava ist tiefschwarz aber immer noch spürt man die Hitze / © Foto: Georg Berg

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 tasted many an outlandish dish or of the beer that was only legalized in 1989. 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. Fermented, cruelly stinking Greenland shark contrasts with rye bread baked in hot earth. The whales that regularly appear off Húsavík are a popular photo motif during whale watching.

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