I've spent more nights in this hut than I can count. The first nights before my experiences stuck in long term memory, the last night yet to come. I can't call it a second home because it wasn't, but it definitely feels like a home away from home and always will. It wasn't always this green. My first memories involve a family effort to lay down grass turf to save what little vegetation was left from the cold reality of agressive soil erosion. There were no trees. No-one believed that in an arctic climate, 450m above sea level, with a 3 month growth period at best, there ever would be trees.
Although I don't remember it well I know I participated in the experiment. Plant trees by the Hagavatnsskáli Hut. I heard a lot of people politely laughed at the optimism. My mom took a handful of seedlings from a black cottonwood tree in the back yard of my childhood home in the west side of Reykjavik. Look at them now partially shielded by the hut, around 15m tall and thriving!
I took my mother along for this trip. She hadn't seen the trees in a long time. She was speechless! It was such a joy to see her walk about the area and caringly inspect the trees she planted. In awe at the health her little 'babies' were in, in these harshest of environments. I'm so glad to be able to give her that, a momentary return to a previous lifestyle she enjoyed so very much. Which she now has a limited capacity to enjoy. Give her a chance to witness life she created thrive in more way than one. My mom, the creator. She'll never fully understand her own value, what she has given me. What she has given the world for that matter.
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Litlanesfoss, Iceland. A towering waterfall over hexagonal columns of volcanic rock. It’s a great hike up to the viewpoint, and as usual in Iceland, the sheer drops are totally unprotected. We visited during the tail end of winter - can you see the power of the snow melt?
🇫🇷 WoW, les nouvelles du monde sont dures à avaler en ce moment. L’incendie dévastateur en Amazonie n’est qu’une goutte d’eau de plus dans l’océan de mauvaises nouvelles depuis ces dernières années avec toujours plus d’évènements climatiques extrêmes... depuis quelques années, il n’y a pas un mois sans une catastrophe dans le monde. Bref à part travailler dans la protection de la nature, de nombreuses actions sont simples à réaliser (que tout le monde doit, à force, connaître) - on n’est pas là pour faire la morale à qui que ce soit donc restons sur l’essentiel : aller voter (en évitant les abrutis)
🇬🇧 Well, the news of these last days have been really difficult to believe: okjökull has gone, people are making water out of icebergs and now Amazonia, Siberia and many forests are on fire... but when we think about it, it seems like there’s not one month without an extreme event related more or less to climate change since few years. If we’re not working in nature protection, there are still many things we can do - and the list should be known now and we are not here to judge anybody - so let’s focus on what’s the most important: be heard and vote...and try to avoid as****** #iceland#apictureforamoment#actforamazonia#theonlyfireyouneed#theskyisonfire#stopkillingtheplanet
This place has something so inviting. May it be the black sand? Or the mountain view? Come here and find out by yourself! 🇮🇸
Lovingly nicknamed the “Batman Mountain” we can see why this mysterious mountain has been captivating visitors for years, but it is only recently receiving mainstream attention.
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📍 #amazinglandscape 🌍
📸Photo by @long.explorer
Grjotagja is a lava cave near lake Myvatn. Water inside is pretty hot due to Krafla volcanic system eruptions in the period 1975 - 1984, so it is not possible to take a bath. This site has also appeared in an episode (number 4 of season 3) of “Game of Thrones”
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We’ve had a busy week getting orders packed up and shipped off to Denmark, UK, USA & Canada. A big THANK YOU to those of you who’ve placed an order, we love sending out our prints & thinking about them in your homes. 💕⠀
Please feel free to use #shopLayoutlines to tag your prints and follow the hashtag to see the full range. I’ll be more active on the hashtag in the next few weeks / months. 🙌🏼⠀
Though I never really took maternity leave as such, Mia is off to daycare for a few hours next week which means (other than minor heartbreak for me) we’re slowly getting ‘back to work’ at Layoutlines HQ. 👩🏻💻 ⠀
Til then, happy Friday!! 🎉
We can call this post the Part Deux in my coverage of my recent trip to Hagavatnsskali Hut this week. Now I‘ll talk a little bit about the lake which the hut is named after.
Lake Hagavatn‘s history is quite vague but historically it has been quite mobile and has changed its location depending on the condition of it‘s feeding glacier, the Eastern-Hagafellsjokull glacier. It is quite a reliable indicator of hot and cold periods as it is very responsive to changing conditions. In recent history (post-ice age timeline) the glacier is believed to have reached it‘s peak in the late 1800s and did in fact cover the exact location I was standing at when I took this photo by over a mile.
In the year 1929 the glacier had receded enough for a new outlet to be formed through a massive 100m deep canyon where the waterfall Leynifoss was reportedly created (Secret Waterfall). Up until that point Lake Hagavatn only had outlets underground. This event caused a gigantic glacial flood which magnitude can best be described by the fact that it went all the way to Gullfoss Waterfall and the volume of the water caused the lower part of Gullfoss to be flooded completely.
The glacier kept receding and subsequently a similar even happened again in 1939 which moved the outlet from the lake to it‘s current point pictured in my photo. Nýi Foss was created (New Waterfall). As the outlet location of Leynifoss is at 446m above sea level and Nýi Foss at 450m above sea level the lake grew considerably smaller leaving vast areas of glacial silt to dry up. The consequences of which have been massive sandstorms and increasesd soil erosion in near-by areas. Now this place is in danger of being modified permanently because of plans to create a hydroelectric power plant.
Maybe one of the best mornings of my year. I could finally revisit this place in the South of Iceland, one of my favorite spots on the entire island 🌴. Why? Because it has it all black sand beach, stunning mountain side and this insane narrow road. Tag someone that needs to see this place!
Snowmobiling season is all year around with us, soon we will have fresh powder snow on the top of Eyjafjallajökull ... Personal service, great guides and the best routes through Eyjafjallajökull glacier for amazing scenery are just a few things that make this tour stand out. See more details on our website 📸 by @r3dmax
3 13023 August, 2019
Nordic reflections (Lake Myvatn environs, northern Iceland). P.S. Have a nice weekend!