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The view over the barren Mýrdalssandur up to the Mýrdalsjökull glacier from the place called Laufskalavarda, south Iceland.

Laufskalavarda means “the Cairns of Laufskalar”, this was a farm that was destroyed by one of the glacial burst (jökulhlaup in Icelandic) of the Mýrdalsjökull, the first after the human colonization (894 a.d.). Travellers use to put a stone on a cairn while passing this place to bring good luck on their journey.

The vast black lava plains of Mýrdalssandur, just east of Vík í Mýrdal are formed from material washed out from underneath the Mýrdalsjökull icecap. In this 700 km² desert, bleak and desolate, apparently lifeless, the sense of solitude and strenght of nature is more intense than ever.

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