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Fagrifoss is a waterfall situated in Southeast Iceland near the Lakagígar region. It is located along a 4×4 track, and it requires several river crossings to get to. I was actually en route to the Laki fissure when I came across this waterfall.
Laki is a volcanic fissure that erupted violently in 1783. It led do the death of 25% of Iceland’s population at the time. A mindboggling 120,000,000 long tons of sulfur dioxide was emitted, leading to tens of thousands of casualties in mainland Europe, as well as widespread famine due to killed livestock and destroyed crops.
It is difficult to visualize how this area must have looked like 250 years ago. It must have looked like hell on earth.
Now everything within a large radius of Lake looks like an out-of-this-world landscape. A green carpet with deep canyons and wild rivers carving through it. I had never seen anything like it before. I thought I had witnessed it all, until I came to Iceland, which is an absolute photographer’s paradise.
I struggled to photograph this waterfall thundering into the deep green canyon. I had to position myself on a tiny and crumbling rocky outcrop, so I could capture it entirely, without obstructing rocks. It was quite a scary undertaking, but all worth it. The green in this photograph is just amazing, almost unreal. Well, if it looks unreal, believe me, it gets very real in Iceland…