Lake Mývatn and Iceland's Grand Canyon
Posted by: Geodude_DK
N 65° 35.455 W 016° 54.461
28W E 412042 N 7275647
Quick Description: Dimmuborgir is a large area of unusually shaped lava fields east of Mývatn in Iceland.
Date Posted: 7/10/2012 8:26:09 AM
Waymark Code: WMEVK7
The Dimmuborgir area consist of a massive, collapsed lava tube formed by a lava lake flowing in from a large eruption about 2300 years ago.
The lava flow surface remains partly intact around the Dimmuborgir area. The area is characterised by large hollow cell- or chamber-like structures formed around bubbles of vapour, and some dramatically standing lava pillars. Several of the chambers and pillar bases are large enough to house humans, giving rise to the term "castles" (borgir).
In Icelandic folklore, Dimmuborgir is said to connect earth with the infernal regions. In Nordic Christian lore, it is also said that Dimmuborgir is the place where Satan landed when he was cast from the heavens and created the apparent "Helvetes katakomber" which is Norwegian for "The Catacombs of Hell".
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Type of Waymark: Site
Location of Coordinates: Photographed site
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