The Greina High-Plateau: wide, wild, untapped

Greina High-Plateau, view from east close to pass Diesrut, Switzerland

The Greina High-Plateau offers an exceptional nature experience! The 1 km wide and 6 km long plateau is linking 3 valleys at around 2’200 m a.s.l.: Lumnezia in the east, Sumvitg in the north and Blenio in the south. No cable car or chair lift gets you there, only your own feet! The shot above shares the view from the east.

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Swiss National Holiday

Oeschinen See, Schweiz
Oeschinen Lake, Switzerland

On the occasion of today’s Swiss national holiday I once again like to publish a shot from a beautiful and iconic spot in Switzerland. This year I selected the Oeschinen Lake. It’s located close to Kandersteg in the Bernese Alps. The lake belongs to the UNESCO World Heritage Swiss Alps Jungfrau-Aletsch.

The 10 most dominant Mountains of the Alps: #1 – Mont Blanc

Mont Blanc, View from Aiguille du Midi, France

Finally we are reaching the most dominant and also highest mountain of the Alps: The Mont Blanc (Dominance 2’812 km – Height 4’810 m). It is located in the French Alps and belongs to the so called Graian Alps. The shot above and the one below show the north-west side.

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The 10 most dominant Mountains of the Alps: #2 – Piz Bernina

Piz Bernina, View from Helicopter, Graubünden, Switzerland

The Piz Bernina (Dominance 138 km – Height 4’049 m) is my favorite mountain and the second most dominant of the Alps. It is located in the canton Graubünden and from the top 10 dominant mountains of the Alps the most eastern. It is actually the only mountain of the eastern Alps reaching 4’000 m.

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The 10 most dominant Mountains of the Alps: #3 – Barre des Écrins

Barre des Écrins, View from Col du Galibier, Pelvoux, France

Now we are getting to the top 3 most dominant mountains of the Alps: The Barre des Écrins (Dominance 107 km – Height 4’102 m) is the third most dominant and from the top 10 the most southerly peak. It is located in France and belongs to the Dauphiné Alps.

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The 10 most dominant Mountains of the Alps: #4 – Dufourspitze

Monte Rosa with Dufourspitze, Valais, Switzerland

The Dufourspitze (Dominance 78 km – Height 4’634 m) in the canton Valais is the highest summit in Switzerland and belongs to the Monte-Rosa-Massif which is located along the Swiss-Italian border. (This is why the Dom is the highest mountain entirely on Swiss territory.)

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The 10 most dominant Mountains of the Alps: #5 – Finsteraarhorn

Finsteraarhorn, View from Risihorn, Bernese Alps, Switzerland

Welcome back to my posts about the most dominant mountains of the Alps: The Finsteraarhorn (Dominance 52 km – Height 4’274 m) is the highest mountain of the Bernese Alps and one of my favorite mountains (next to the Piz Bernina which I will feature in a later post …). It looks like a shark fin and given its dominance one can see if from various sides.

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The 10 most dominant Mountains of the Alps: #7 – Combin de Grafeneire

Combin de Grafeneire, Grand Combin, View from Mont Fort, Valais, Switzerland

Continuing my series about the most dominant mountains of the Alps: The Combin de Grafeneire (Dominance 26.5 km – Height 4’314 m) is a very special mountain looking like a crown. The plateau with various summits is covered by ice and snow all year. The 10 km long glacier coming down to the north is called Corbassière Glacier.

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The 10 most dominant Mountains of the Alps: #8 – Dom

Dom and Kreuzboden Lake, Valais, Switzerland

The Dom (Dominance 17 km – Height 4’545 m) is the highest mountain that is completely located in Switzerland. It belongs to the so called Michabel-Group (canton Valais), the 2nd highest mountain range in Switzerland.

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The 10 most dominant Mountains of the Alps: #9 – Matterhorn

Matterhorn and Riffel-Lake, Valais, Switzerland

Welcome back to my posts on the most dominant mountains of the Alps. The Matterhon (Dominance 14 km – Height 4’478 m) is a truely dominant one and always looks a bit different when the perspective changes. While it ranks 9 by dominance it ranks 6 by height and for sure it ranks 1 by number of photos taken by tourists from all over the world …

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The 10 most dominant Mountains of the Alps: #10 – Aletschhorn

Aletschhorn and Grosser Aletsch Glacier, Bernese Alps, Switzerland

Over the last two years I realized a project to capture the ten most dominant mountains of the Alps. The map below shows were they are, ranging about 300 km from the Barre des Écrins in the south west to the Piz Bernina in north east.

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Askja Vulcano – 2 Lakes in a Caldera

Askja – Víti Crater lake (green) and Öskjuvatn lake (blue), Vatnajökull-Nationalpark, Cental Iceland

It’s quite a ride to get to Askja. 3 hours by car (real SUV with significant clearance required) and 40 min. walk through the caldera: Here and there a bit of snow and where it’s gone the ground is warm – so you know that you are on a vulcano. Once you reach the Viti crater what you see is breathtaking.

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Puffins – funny Inhabitants of the Látrabjarg Cliff … and other Birds

Puffin at Látrabjarg, West-Iceland

Sure, one has to see them: The Puffins. And not just the plush versions one can buy in any gift shop in Iceland. The real ones. While from August to April they live on the sea, during breeding season they visit the cliffs of the nothern Atlantic Ocean as well as the Arctic Ocean.

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Laki – The brutal Force of Nature

Laki Craters, view westwards, southern highlands, Iceland

“Around midmorn on whitsun, June 8th of 1783, in clear and calm weather, a black haze of sand appeard to the north of the mountains nearest the farms of the Siða area. The cloud was so extensive that in a short time it had spread over the entire Siða area (…), and so thick that it caused darkness indoors and coated the earth so that tracks could be seen.”*

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Jökulsarlon Glacier Lagoon in Winter

Jökulsarlon Glacier Lagoon, Iceland

Rarely there are no clounds at all at the Glacier Lagoon in Iceland. Below is a full 180 degree panoramic view composed of 5 landscpae shots showing on the very left the barrier of the lagoon towards the ocean, then the highest mountain in Iceland called Hvannadalshnúkur (2’110 m or 6’920 ft).

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