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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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These are my favourites from the World Meteorological Organization’s “Understanding Clouds” calendar competition

Credits:
1. Kairo Kiitsak. Simuna, Estonia. October 2014.
2. Arvydas Latvis. Panevėžys, Lithuania. July 2015.
3. Michael Hanna. New York, USA. October 2015.
4. Vessi Øgaard. Oslo, Norway. January 2008.
5. Paulette Wright. Cope, South Carolina, USA. March 2015. 
6. Stavros Kesedakis. Wray, Colorado, USA. May 2016. 
7. Ramon Santiago. Pasig City, Philippines. May 2014. 

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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.”

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.