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Brooks Walker 2005, Patagonia, Argentina

Brooks Walker 2005, Patagonia, Argentina

The glacial lagoon of Gígjökull, an outlet glacier just north of Eyjafjallajökull, was filled with ash by last spring’s eruption.

The glacial lagoon of Gígjökull, an outlet glacier just north of Eyjafjallajökull, was filled with ash by last spring’s eruption.

The multi-colored highlands in Landmannalaugar near the Hekla volcano beckon hikers June through September.

The multi-colored highlands in Landmannalaugar near the Hekla volcano beckon hikers June through September.

Quaint farmhouses line the Skálavegur Road as it passes through Ysti-Skáli, along Iceland’s south coast. Despite sitting at the foot of Eyjafjallajökull, the community was relatively unaffected by last year’s eruption.

Quaint farmhouses line the Skálavegur Road as it passes through Ysti-Skáli, along Iceland’s south coast. Despite sitting at the foot of Eyjafjallajökull, the community was relatively unaffected by last year’s eruption.

Photograph by Brooks Walker    Cyclists tackle the Sprengisandur track across the island’s highland interior. The jeep road, open in summer, follows the main volcanic rift zone.    Read more about Iceland in “Life Atop a Cauldron” in the April 2011 issue of National Geographic Traveler.

Photograph by Brooks Walker Cyclists tackle the Sprengisandur track across the island’s highland interior. The jeep road, open in summer, follows the main volcanic rift zone. Read more about Iceland in “Life Atop a Cauldron” in the April 2011 issue of National Geographic Traveler.

Iceland is home to close to two-dozen waterfalls including Skógafoss, which flows from the watershed between the Eyjafjalla and Mýrdals glaciers.

Iceland is home to close to two-dozen waterfalls including Skógafoss, which flows from the watershed between the Eyjafjalla and Mýrdals glaciers.

The north coast port town of Húsavík, reputedly Europe’s whale-watching capital, attracts visitors interested in whale-watching, birding, and sailing adventures in Skjálfandi Bay.

The north coast port town of Húsavík, reputedly Europe’s whale-watching capital, attracts visitors interested in whale-watching, birding, and sailing adventures in Skjálfandi Bay.

Formations of basalt columns amaze visitors at Jökulsárgljúfur gorge, a “Louvre of lava” in Iceland’s Vatnajökull National Park.

Formations of basalt columns amaze visitors at Jökulsárgljúfur gorge, a “Louvre of lava” in Iceland’s Vatnajökull National Park.

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