Hverfjall – Volcano Crater at the Lake
Time goes by, and it’s already spring again! What a relief to see the natural marks of winter leave the landscape step by step. But the massive volcanic crater Hverfjall seems to be a place beyond seasons anyway. With it’s majestic size and the dark-greyish colour, it’s been capturing us in its very own fashion.
Hverfjall is located near Lake Mývatn in North Iceland (literally: midge water), and a wonderful spot to indulge in a panorama view of the geothermal area around the lake. Still, most people just go up, take a selfie at the fenced off area, and are ready to descend again.
Óskar and I, however, always try to take our time at the places we visit, and try to adjust to the naturally given local rhythm. So we decided to go for a circular walk at the top of the crater which was a wonderful idea. Yes, it was windy, and it was rainy, too. But that’s part of the game, isn’t it. Our little hike took about two hours, and we got the most fascinating views – as long as the clouds didn’t interfere.
Do you know the Kantian concept of the sublime? It refers to a naturally given quality of greatness beyond measurable scale that makes you feel small in a stunning way. That’s exactly how it felt to wander around Hverfjall.