12 most popular photos on Photography Week (and the stories behind them)

12 most popular photos on Photography Week (and the stories behind them)

Geothermal activity in Hveravellir, central highlands of Iceland by Skarphéðinn Þráinsson

Geothermal activity in Hveravellir, central highlands of Iceland by Skarphéðinn Þráinsson

“The colored surface is rich with silica minerals among other geothermal materials making this unique hotspring area one of the most spectacular sights in Iceland. In 1960 Hveravellir was made one of the protected nature reserves of Iceland.

“During this late summer sunrise I was lucky to have some wind blowing most of the steam away from the hotsprings, to capture the texture of the surface and also include the Hofsjökull glacier in the background.

“Iceland’s most famous outlaw Fjalla-Eyvindur was maybe the first to discover Hveravellir, when hiding in the highlands of Iceland for about 20 years, after stealing some sheep from farmers. He was clever to make use of the geothermal area to survive the cold winter in Iceland.” – Skarphéðinn Þráinsson

View more of Skarphéðinn’s photography at his website, or visit his Flickr page

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