oldies but goodies.
These images are a a much more beautiful way of saying this:
Iceland was formed from lava at the edge of two parting tectonic plates. It has 30 volcanic “systems” that include hundreds of volcanoes - and 13 of those have erupted since Iceland was settled in 784, spewing enormous quantities of volcanic ash. The North Atlantic Current keeps the weather pretty mild (even though Iceland is as close to the North Pole as Alaska) and it also brings the moisture that has fueled the formation of glaciers on Iceland’s volcanic slopes. [Insert “Song of Ice and Fire” reference here]
Russian photographer Андрей Ермолаев (Andre Ermolaev) has captured the amazing natural paintings created when Icelandic glaciers melt and the water braids its way through volcanic ash. You can see more aerial photos and landscapes here.