Sunset over the gateway to the center of earth

Stefán Kristinsson

Reykjanesbæ, Iceland

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This extremely fantastic sunset was captured at Garður on the Reykjanes peninsula on 29th of July 2008. The mountain you see in distance is Snæfellsjökull which is a stratovolcano with a glacier (Icelandic: jökull) covering its summit in western Iceland.1 The name of the mountain is actually Snæfell, but it is normally called “Snæfellsjökull” to discern it from two other mountains with this name. It is situated on the most western part of the Snæfellsnes peninsula in Iceland. The distance from my viewpoint in this photograph is over 120 km (75 miles).
The mountain is one of the most famous sites of Iceland, primarily due to the novel Journey to the Center of the Earth (1864), by Jules Verne, in which the protagonists find the entrance to a passage leading to the center of the earth on Snæfellsjökull.
Snæfellsjökull has always been thought of as a mountain of mystic powers.

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