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Lunar-like landscape in the central highlands

By Jón Kaldal

  • The wasteland Rising up in the horizon to the left is Mt. Herðubreið, often referred to as the queen of Iceland’s mountains. Photo/Vilhelm Gunnarsson

The gravel and black sand deserts north of Vatnajökull glacier are only accessible for a few months of the year. This is the area where group of astronauts from NASA practiced in 1965 and 1967 in an environment similar to what they would encounter on the moon. Amongst the twelve men that have set foot on the moon nine trained in Iceland, including Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin.

This photo was captured close to the mountain hut Dreki in Drekagil gorge in the region of Askja. Rising up in the horizon to the left is Mt. Herðubreið, often referred to as the queen of Iceland’s mountains.

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