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"Dimmuborgir" Iceland Things to Do Tip by brazwhazz

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  Eerie yet awesome rock formations
by brazwhazz

Before becoming the name of a Norwegian black metal band, Dimmuborgir (which means "black castles") referred to an intriguing natural wonder whose peculiar arches, pillars and crags are believed to date from 2000 years ago.

My Lonely Planet guide contains a very good explanation about the origin of Dimmuborgir's rock formations:
"The lava flowed across older [...] lava fields and was dammed into a fiery lake in the Dimmuborgir basin. When the surface of this lake cooled, a domed roof formed over the still-molten material below. It was supported by pillars of older igneous material welded by the heat of the lava lake. When the dam finally broke, the molten lava drained in stages and the odd pillars of Dimmuborgir remained, marked with terraces at various surface levels."

Directions: Dimmuborgir is located on the eastern edge of Lake Mývatn, in North-East Iceland.

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  • Updated Nov 2, 2006
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