Documenting Iceland

Bláhnúkur Mountain in Landmannalaugar │ Iceland Highland winter Landscape twilight photo

by: Rafn Sig,-

Blåhnúkur is a 943m high rhyolite mountain in Landmannalaugar. It is thought that the mountain was  formed from eruptions under a glacier. It is made up of a lot of black columnar basalt with green and gray obsidian.

The side is steep but a well-trodden and clear path ascends to the top where there is an azimuth scale view finder. The glacier during the ice age had been about 400 m thick when Bláhnúkur was built up.  Instead of becoming a table mountain with a flat top, the lava that poured out at the end of the ice age ran down into ice tunnels at the top of the volcano.


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