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
twisted and angled in every direction.
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.
Simuna, Estonia. October 2014. 2.
Panevėžys, Lithuania. July 2015. 3.
New York, USA. October 2015. 4.
Oslo, Norway. January 2008. 5.
Paulette Wright. Cope, South Carolina, USA. March 2015. 6.
Wray, Colorado, USA. May 2016. 7.
Pasig City, Philippines. May 2014.
Vampire Bats are the only species of bat that can walk, jump, and even run on the ground. This is especially important to them, as it means they can quietly approach their prey without the sound of flapping wings disturbing them.
Sculptures by Jakub Hadrava in Lukova, Czech Republic. The sculptures are meant to represent the Sudeten Germans who prayed at the church before World War II, and were designed specifically to attract tourists to the area.
The Capela dos Ossos Bone Chapel is an ossuary located in Faro, Portugal. The chapel is built entirely from the human bones of more than 1000 monks. As well as the walls being covered in human skeletons and skulls, there is a single complete skeleton covered in gold which hangs from the front of the chapel. An inscription above the entrance translates to:
“Stop here and consider, that you will reach this state too.”
The Enchanted Forest is an abandoned theme park in Ellicott City, Maryland. Built one month after Disneyland, the 52 acre park had a nursery rhyme theme and featured buildings and characters from fairy tales.
Brandenn Bremmer was a child genius. He had an IQ of 178, was reading books aloud by 18 months and graduated high school when he was 11 years old. He became a gifted pianist from the age of 3, and composed several classical pieces of his own. When he was 14-years-old, Brandenn committed suicide and nobody knows why. There was no note and he hadn’t shown any signs of depression or any other mental illness. After his death, his organs (including his brain) were donated to science. His mother said “It’s all he ever wanted.”
Nicknamed Dead Children’s Playground, this eerie playground is situated right in the middle of Maple Hill Cemetery. Non-surprisingly, it’s claimed that this ghostly playground is haunted by the many children buried in the one-hundred-acre cemetery in which is it situated. People have often reported hearing disembodied laughs and chants of children as the swings randomly move; the playground is said to be most active with obscure occurrences between 10:00PM and 3:00AM. Legend says that a number of children were abducted in the 1960′s and their slain bodies were dumped in the area of Dead Children’s Playground.