myrdalssandur

Deafening Silence on Flickr.


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.

Please visit:
ICELAND motion picture