Moss and Moonscapes

Iceland has a lot of dramatic scenery. That’s kind of the point of Iceland. Glaciers, volcanoes, cliffs and waterfalls; all lovely.

But I actually found myself enjoying more some of the quieter, more subtle landscapes.

For example at one point driving through the hills near Möðrudalur we stopped for a breather in a relatively featureless, desolate spot.

The view across the plains, in the direction of our accommodation for that night.


Barely any life to be seen.


A verdant moss haze filled nooks and crannies.



Another favourite spot was Mýrdalssandur, on the south coast. Miles of flat plains; we had been warned by a friend that this was likely to be the most boring part of our tour. I loved it.


Immense lava fields covered with sparse vegetation. Mossy hummocks as far as the eye could see.





This was the bit of Iceland I’ll remember. Not so dramatic perhaps, but unlike anywhere else I’ve ever been.

More photos on flickr.

2 thoughts on “Moss and Moonscapes

  1. cristina September 15, 2015 / 3:19 pm

    Thank you! Finally somebody who doesn’t fall only for the spectacular. I live for three years now in everyday rural Iceland, with bits and pieces of farm machinery lying (and sometimes flying) all over the place and tons of plasic foil wraped around barbed wire – but still, so much beauty in every corner! Small beauty, mind you, sometimes perfection on half a square meter. Nothing you could brag with on Facebook or one of those places, but maybe something that will be with you for the rest of your life.


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