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.Continue reading “The 10 most dominant Mountains of the Alps: #7 – Combin de Grafeneire”
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.Continue reading “The 10 most dominant Mountains of the Alps: #8 – Dom”
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 …Continue reading “The 10 most dominant Mountains of the Alps: #9 – Matterhorn”
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.Continue reading “The 10 most dominant Mountains of the Alps: #10 – Aletschhorn”
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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.Continue reading “Askja Vulcano – 2 Lakes in a Caldera”
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.Continue reading “Puffins – funny Inhabitants of the Látrabjarg Cliff … and other Birds”
Iceland is full of waterfalls. Here is my top 20. Let’s go clockwise around the country, starting in the north with the Aldeyjarfoss which is located about 40 km from the ring-road no. 1 towards the highlands.
“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.”*Continue reading “Laki – The brutal Force of Nature”
Iceland’s southern highlands preserve a gem: the area around Landmannalaugar, the largest rhyolite area in Iceland. Surreal, unique and incredibly beautiful.Continue reading “Nature as Painter – Landmannalaugar’s colorful Mountains”