Hlíðarvatn, winter daybreak │ Iceland Landscape Photography

Documenting Iceland (2017)

by: Rafn Sig,-

This winter morning it was rather cold and windy. I knew I would get a good light as the forecast was on my site. There were some clouds in the sky and the sun gave them this beautiful purple/yellow pastel colors while the ground got this yellow touch. The frost was heavy in the night so the snow was stiff/sharp and not crawling. The Lake was not fully covered with Ice so it gave me some different contrast and lines.  In the middle of the shooting when I saw the farmhouse I wondered if it wasn’t difficult to be a farmer in Iceland with all this darkness and cold winter windy days.

Hlíðarvatn is a mere 3.3 km² lake in Selvogi, 1 m above sea level. Its maximum depth is 5 m, its drainage is to Vogsós

The drainage from the water is Vogsós,  but no visible surface water flows into the Lake. From the volume of the water and the drainage it can be assumed that it replenishes itself in just under 39 days. However, water solvents are widely found in the water itself, creating ideal conditions for the char and its spawning. Some sources say it could flood and tide in the water, but that’s not right, locals say. Admittedly, the flood rises, but the sea does not regularly enter the water. Sloping water is not sufficiently salt to be called ice salt, but the salt concentration is five times that of other fresh spring lakes, as salt saturates seawater in a large stream and strong ocean.

Check out:  Kleifarvatn – Indíáninn

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