The great glacier

Vatnajökull este, dupa cum spuneam, cel mai mare ghetar din Islanda. Cuvintele sunt de prisos in a descrie cat de mare este, sau mai degraba cat de maiestuos se simte odata ce ai ajuns acolo. Un munte de zapada ce pare sa curga pretutindeni  de mii de ani, fara inceput si fara sfarsit, in suvoaie ce se despica si se unesc ca niste vene uriase din care toata apa pamantului ia nastere. Imposibil de inconjurat cu masina, singura metoda este sa il abordezi dinspre exterior spre interior prin cele cateva zone care iti permit. Prin sud-est, de-a lungul soselei 1 se gasesc singurele fasii ce pot fi accesate relativ usor, in zona lacului glaciar Jokulsarlon, dealtfel zona destul de batuta de turisti. Pentru cei ce vor avea curiozitatea sa viziteze Islanda recomand o plimbare singuratica pe o portiune de ghetar (lucru pe care eu nu am resuit sa il fac decat pret de vreo 100m, si alea extrem de riscante datorita lipsei echipamentului necesar). Dar cine stie ce rezerva viitorul, si poate voi ajunge sa il escaladez. Daca nu in viata asta in alta sigur.  Si daca nu acest specific ghetar atunci unul ca el. Si daca nu un ghetar atunci ceva cu aceeasi simbolistica, intr-o alta lume, intr-o alta forma. Asa, am trecut si de momentul in care am deviat usor in directii obscure. Sau nu…

In imagini se pot vedea nesfarsitele fasii de gheata cu noroi ce formeaza suprafata ghetarului. Sub aceasta suprafata gheata insa e transparenta ca sticla. Mai jos se pot vedea si 2 oameni intr-o expeditie pe ghetar, mai exact sapand scari in gheata si pregatind un traseu.

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Foggy sunday afternoon

Dupa cum povesteam, in ziua a 3-a un nor de joasa altitudine a cuprins intrega zona din sud intr-un val de ceata. La intoarcere am oprit din nou pe malul lagunei Jokulsarlon si  dupa cum credeam, fata de noaptea precedenta ,acum se umpluse totul de turisti. Iar combinatia de lumina, gheata, ceata si oameni au creata un spectacol vizual rar, suprarealist si mai ales absolut fotografic.

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Wallpapers

Besides the new layout and functionality, upon requests I added a wallpapers category that you can access from the top menu. You can download them for the most common screen resolutions and use them for non commercial purposes, without removing the watermark. Here are the first 3, from Iceland:Read More

The wild north

Ok, I removed the teaser post on the reason of being too “fitos” 🙂 . So, here starts the photo series from my 8 days trip to Iceland. The most beautiful, wildest and natural place I have ever seen. No word can describe the feeling of being there, witness to something probably very similar to what the world looked like millions of years ago. But I’ll come back to writing another time.
Here is lake Jökulsárlón, the biggest glacial lake in Iceland, a recent one that came with the fast melting of the  Vatnajökull glacier, and still growing in size. The ice comes sliding from the mountains (you can see the river of ice in the first picture, in the background), onto the lake and then the ocean.  One of the most beautiful sights on earth, especially on sunset. Like I said, the sun didn’t actually set, being a polar day, it just went a little bit under the horizon.

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