Six rocks and a coastal ridge separates Holtsós and the turbulent Atlantic Ocean.

Beneath the volcano

There are few places in Iceland that I have photographed more often than Holtsós beneath the Eyjafjöll mountains. This small lake is 4 km / 2.4 mi long and 2 km / 1.2 mi wide and sits by the Ring Road, under a very steep slope. Above it is the volcano Eyjafjallajökull, which erupted in 2010. In Steinafjall Mountain, just east of Holtsós, is a huge fulmar colony. Over 20,000 fulmars nest on the mountain, and the mountain is considered an internationally significant seabird settlement. What is it about this charming lake for photographers? It is the light that is never the same, always exciting. Holtslón is 142 km / 88 mi to the east from the capital.

Rangárvallasýsla 15/09/2021 16:08 : A7R IV : FE 1.2/50 GM

Photo and text: Páll Stefánsson