Hljóðaklettar, the most alien & surreal landscape I’ve seen

Eight thousand years ago, a volcano erupted directly underneath glacial ice and the river Jökulsá á Fjöllum (glacial river in the mountains in translation). This caused explosions and chaotic flooding which formed canyons, rock formations of diverse shapes and sizes (even structures similar to a honeycomb), and basalt columns twisted and angled in every direction.

I felt like I was on another planet while seeing all of this in Hljóðaklettar, rock of echoes. Formed when the Jökulsá River heavily eroded volcanic craters, the rocks left behind have acoustics which can alter the river’s sound, depending on where you’re standing. Hence the name.
Hljóðaklettar is in the northernmost part of Vatnajökull National Park. Vatnajökull, located near the subglacial volcano Bárdarbunga, is Europe’s largest glacier outside the arctic and the source of the previously mentioned river. 

This post is part of my Iceland summer school series.
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