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(June, 2004)

Helmut Schierer

On top of the northern tower of St. Stephen's Cathedral

Martin Sammtleben

Kaldidalur "The Cold Valley"

Central highlands, Iceland

June 21, 2004, 3:22 AM GMT

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Kaldidalur, The Cold Valley, is the shortest of the three main routes across Iceland’s central highlands. Its highest point is 727 m above sea level and offers magnificent views on the two glaciers, Langjökull and Þórisjökull, and their surroundings. The panorama was taken at 3:22 AM GMT when the sun finally rose above the low-floating clouds. Þórisjökull can be seen as what appears like a long, snow-topped mountain ridge. It is actually an ancient, sub-glacial shield volcano, topped by a glacier. There’s an aerial photograph, © Jóhann Ísberg, available that shows Þórisjökull in the foreground to the left and its much larger sibling Langjökull to the right, stretching into the distance.

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