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What Are You Guys Smoking?

What Are You Guys Smoking?
Marek Potoma
23rd September, 2010

Photo equipment: Hasselblad H1 35mm Fuji Velvia 50

Krafla, Iceland

A passerby can see the smoking land of Krafla from the main road that runs in a distance of few kilometers. Just one sight would make you change your travel schedule in case you have not planned to visit it. Not so massively marketed, it's perhaps one of the most bizarre hence interesting places on Iceland. If you ever had all those romantic dreams about exploring the surface of the Moon, they will come true here (okay, there are no fences and wooden pathways on the Moon protecting you from stepping on hot fumaroles but other than that, prepare for heuristic feelings when walking around, especially when coming at night).

The place is just stunning - formed by various lava fields (be mossed or just plain from the latest eruption in 80's), sulphuric steam vents, craters, boiling mud pots, colored mineral deposits.

This image was shot in the middle of the night, right after we had arrived. I was attracted by the little lake of unbelievable hues. Steam vents in the background are actually Krafla geothermal power station that is neatly situated right alongside the road that brings you to here. Though this was not supposed to be THE SHOT from there, I was lucky at the end because not too long after, everything got unexpectedly covered by the falling fog through which we could hardly see few meters ahead. Stayed like this until very late morning...

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