Extreme heat meets extreme cold during summer

  • Hveradalir in the Icelandic highland
Jan 10 2017

There are not many places on the planet where you can put boiling clay surrounded wit hot steam from the ground and a melting snowdrift into the same motive. A place where heat meets cold. There aren't many places where you can see and view such rare natural wonders, at least not side by side. Especially during summer. But if you travel to Hveradalir (Hot Spring Valley) in Kerlingafjöll (Old ladys mountains) in the highland in Iceland you can see this kind of natural wonder and take some stunning photos.  The geothermal area in Hveradalir is rather large and is placed at the altitude of 1000 meters. During summer many of the most massive snowdrifts formed during winter do not melt because of the cold temperature at this altitude. Although a warm place below the surface it is actually a cold place, even during summer.  The result is a great company of heat and cold forming some spectacular motives. Two opposites that complement each other in an interesting photogenic way. A photographer can spend hours at Hveradalir and find many exciting and beautiful motives.  The whole area is quite well organized with good walking paths, bridges and steps to easily and conveniently cover a large and extremely impressive geothermal area.  The area is open and accessable like most of the highland in Iceland, from middle of June until the middle of September.