White Noise (North Iceland VII)

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The two bridges up above and below over the Jökulsá á Fjöllum (which we saw in my recent post about Hljóðaklettar) are about 50km apart.

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In between, there is no reasonable way to cross the Jökulsárgljúfur canyon. The entire area is a gigantic flood plain, with the flooding occurring every few thousand years, and caused by volcanic eruptions under the Vatnajökull, the glacier that gives the National Park its name.

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In between the bridges are three enormous waterfalls. Let’s begin with the Hafragilsfoss.

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In this region, water seems to come from everywhere.

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A little further south is the Dettifoss. Below are pictures from both sides of the bank.

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It is impossible to convey the physical experience of the falling water in pictures.

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This is a perfect place to be quiet.

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Still further south, the Selfoss, much more mellow, but still powerful.

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Next time we’ll have a close look at the micro landscape between these falls.

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