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« on: October 06, 2020, 03:10:52 pm »

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« Reply #1 on: October 06, 2020, 03:40:05 pm »

Wonderful. Love them both. That verdigris green is magnificent.

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« Reply #2 on: October 06, 2020, 05:49:15 pm »

Wonderful. Love them both. That verdigris green is magnificent.
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« Reply #3 on: October 06, 2020, 07:49:36 pm »

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« Reply #4 on: October 06, 2020, 09:24:13 pm »

Very very nice, translated as green backbone in the openstreet map. What is it? do you know?
I can see you can reach it by car through the F208. Is that a solid road? Or do you need a 4x4 and be in the right season.
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Re: Grænihryggur
« Reply #5 on: October 07, 2020, 04:07:42 am »

Wonderful.

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Re: Grænihryggur
« Reply #6 on: October 07, 2020, 04:21:01 am »

Striking! Drone shots?

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Re: Grænihryggur
« Reply #7 on: October 07, 2020, 05:21:50 am »

Thank you, all.

Pieter - it is a rhyolite ridge, a volcanic rock that can assume green, cream-yellow, brown, etc colours depending on the composition of the minerals. The entire area is the handiwork of the Torfajökull glacial volcano and is to be seen to be believed. F208 is the Nyrðri Fjallabak (North Behind-the-Mountains)), a 4x4 track that runs through the Fjallabak Nature Reserve. There is no route for vehicles that can get you anywhere close to this green ridge. The only way in is a long hike or a flight. Just one day a year - during the September sheep roundup - vehicles are permitted to drive into an adjacent canyon (known as Jökulgil - one of the wonders of Nature) to allow farmers access. There is no marked track and it requires multiple crossings of glacial rivers. From a point deep in, they spread out on foot and on horses to gather the sheep. I was lucky this year to get permission from the head farmer to join in with our vehicle.

Jeremy - these were taken during a private flight I took over the area a few weeks ago. It is too far for a photography drone (see above).

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Re: Grænihryggur
« Reply #8 on: October 07, 2020, 05:27:07 am »

Here is a short recent video of a bunch of Icelanders hiking in the area (spoilt only by bad taste in music) -

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=249nnEQkmNY

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« Reply #9 on: October 07, 2020, 05:42:42 am »

Here is a short recent video of a bunch of Icelanders hiking in the area (spoilt only by bad taste in music) -

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=249nnEQkmNY

Looks good! they had beautiful weather... great country for drones use...
and thanks for the info.
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Re: Grænihryggur
« Reply #10 on: October 07, 2020, 08:25:28 am »

Magnificent, and thanks for your description of the geology.
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Re: Grænihryggur
« Reply #11 on: October 07, 2020, 07:43:23 pm »

Wasn't it Plato who said a true work of art must instruct and delight?
Or maybe it was Ralph Cramden.
Either way, these fotos fit the bill.
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Re: Grænihryggur
« Reply #12 on: October 08, 2020, 04:43:25 am »

Thank you, Bob and Richard.

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Re: Grænihryggur
« Reply #13 on: October 10, 2020, 10:13:04 am »

Surreal ! Amazing work.
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Re: Grænihryggur
« Reply #14 on: October 12, 2020, 07:48:01 pm »

Very nice!

How long of a hike are we talking about?

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« Reply #15 on: October 13, 2020, 04:37:12 pm »

Very nice!

How long of a hike are we talking about?

It is around 10-11 miles round trip from Landmannalaugar and takes 7-10 hours depending on one’s capacity. On hiking sites, the hike is labeled as both “moderate” and “difficult” and includes some steep ridges and wading rivers.
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