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The Fimmvörðuháls ("five cairns pass") is an area approximately 150km east of Reykjavik, Iceland, and is one of the most popular destinations for hikers from all continents.

The area got famous in 2010, when the eruption of the Eyjafjallajökull caused an ash cloud that blocked air traffic in large part of Northern and Western Europe. The eruption created two new craters, named after Thor's sons Magni and Móði.

One of the places covered by the hike is named "Land of the Gods": the name is very appropriate, since the majestic formations of volcanic rock really seem to come from the pages of an epic nordic saga.
The rocks are rough and have not had the time of being made smoother by the elements, and the whole landscape is an intimidating mix of stone and black ash.

I hope the pic is able to recreate a bit of the atmosphere of that otherwordly place: I have only added a bit of temperature, clarity and contrast.

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