Between Dettifoss and Selfoss, the lava field landscape is often filled with rain and spray water. This contributes to a micro landscape with very little vegetation.
Wide angle shots close to the ground
create an illusion of being aerial photographs of a much larger landscape,
in which the ground seems to float between endless water and sky.
Maybe these are the dreams of our planet about future landscapes, to be built after we are all gone.
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.
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.
In between the bridges are three enormous waterfalls. Let’s begin with the Hafragilsfoss.
In this region, water seems to come from everywhere.
A little further south is the Dettifoss. Below are pictures from both sides of the bank.
It is impossible to convey the physical experience of the falling water in pictures.
This is a perfect place to be quiet.
Still further south, the Selfoss, much more mellow, but still powerful.
Next time we’ll have a close look at the micro landscape between these falls.