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17th Annual Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest Natural World
Under the Glacier

An ode to the 1968 novel by Nobel Laureate Halldór Laxness (though the novel takes place at a different glacier in Iceland). I have been obsessed with this tiny country since my childhood, having a father who used to frequent the island for work. I had been saving up for this trip for years, and the place highest on my list was the black sand beach of Vík. Taken en route to Vík í Mýrdal in July of 2017, this was when we were passing Mýrdalsjökull and Eyjafjallajökull.

Photo Detail
Date Taken: 07.2017
Date Uploaded: 05.2019
Photo Location: Vík í Mýrdal, Iceland
Camera: NIKON D3300
Copyright: © Paula DeJulia