"Niflheim refers to the Norse Mythological realm of cold or fog was the opposite of "Muspelheim" (the realm of fire). The planet and asteroids were rendered in Lightwave and then used as a "planet" object in Vue d'Esprit. I applied sub-surface scattering to the mountains so a little light would shine though. Brrrr.


8.64/10 rating (683 votes)
114 Comments

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Anonymouse
"I have an alternate title..."
..."A View From Triton". This is what you might see if you were standing on Triton's surface; the planet certainly reminds me of the superb pictures Voyager 2 took of Neptune.

Sat November 19, 2011 at 10:01 am

Joel
"To finish the triumvirate"
So you have created "Niflheim" and "Muspelheim", are you thinking about making "Manna-heim"?

Tue June 28, 2011 at 9:48 pm

Ryan
"re:retired"
If you are able to post that means you are a Member and should be able to download this (and every other) image. Images are only retired from my free gallery, never my Members gallery. Let me know if you are having trouble finding the download links (they are between the preview image above and the first comment).

Mon March 7, 2011 at 3:24 pm

rabarr
"retired"
I want to download this picture.

Mon March 7, 2011 at 2:25 pm

Elliott
"Sweet..."
Your wallpapers are figgen' amazing man, keep up the good work!

Wed June 2, 2010 at 7:24 am

Greg
"wow"
This one is shockingly brilliant and realistic! lovin it! probably gonna be my wallpaper for the next few years!

Fri April 9, 2010 at 2:17 am

Psycrow
"Eyefinity"
This picture rocks for my eyefinty setup Thx alot

Bring more of these kind

Tue March 30, 2010 at 2:12 pm

Gemini
"Best image on the web"
This picture is stunning. i have it as the wallpaper on all my devices. it's almost overwhelming when you see it... its that detailed and fantastic. keep up the good work.

Wed February 24, 2010 at 11:26 pm

Gemini
"Best image on the web"
This picture is stunning. i have it as the wallpaper on all my devices. it's almost overwhelming when you see it... its that detailed and fantastic. keep up the good work.

Wed February 24, 2010 at 11:26 pm

nickaix
"It made me join!"
This is the one that made me sign up :)

I love "cold" wallpapers in winter, and this one captures some things that make winter so fascinating: the Cold, the Silence, the stark Contrast of light and darkness...

Sat December 12, 2009 at 7:14 pm

Xippy
"SWEET"
This Scene is incredible!

Wed December 9, 2009 at 4:56 pm

HI!
"HEY!"
Weren't you gunna do a lava version??!!

January 16, 2009

buckwheat
"3840 x 1024 Resolution"
Each time you complete a project, the image looks very good. I continue to be impressed with your skill and talent. But sometimes it loses its impact when the original image is adjusted for 3840 x 1024 resolution. However, with Niflheim, you out did yourself! The resulting wallpaper for triple monitors was fantastic. My oldest daughter liked it. And she is hard to please.

November 26, 2008

DrD
"Insane!"
I've been grabbing DB wallpapers for at least 10 years. I consider this the best of the best. Amazing vibrancy, rich colors, and a jaw dropping sense of scale that isn't easy to accomplish.

October 27, 2008

Dustin
"Hello"
I Am a Big fan of this site and i was wondering if you could Create a new Pyre from the 2000 series.

Sincerely,

Dustin

October 23, 2008

SethEden
"AWESOME!!!"
I definately give a 10 for this one! My new favorite!!! My girl friends favorite also!



Nice job with the cloud textures!!! Fully worthy of being my new standard background.



Any chance we can get a re-worked multi-monitor "Aftermath"?



Cheers

~Seth

www.SethEden.com

October 22, 2008

Daniel
"Fantastic!"
Ryan, i think this has to be one of your best planetscapes ever. the level of detail is stunning, and the colours are just sublime!

October 21, 2008

Walo
"I see it now. "
I didn't see it yesterday, maybe my ps3 wasn't loading the page correctly, but I can see it now. Thanks anyway Ryan. xD

October 17, 2008

Ryan
"Zune Wallpapers"
The Zune version is there Walo, look under the "Mobile Resolutions".

October 15, 2008

Walo
"Zune version removed?"
I had used the zune version of your wallpapers for my razr cel because their aspect ratios are very much the same. Can you put the zune versions back or make a motorola version please?

October 15, 2008

Corbey
"Niflheim"
Wonderful work! Looks a little like a reworking of Titan Blue from 2002, I think. Maybe you've gotten bored with the subject matter, but I'd love to see you update more of the early planetscape and sci-fi images.



Hope you're feeling better and recovering from your surgery. All the best to you and your family.

October 14, 2008

HTSUMMOME
"I HAVE TO..."
... SAY ONCE MORE THAT I LLOOOOOOVVVE THIS PIECE!!!!!!

October 14, 2008

HTSUMMOME
"Words..."
... cannot explain how much I ABSOLUTELYLOVE THIS PIECE!!!! ):^O DAHHHH!!!! IM GOING INSANE FROM LOOKING AT IT!!!!!...*suffering from multiple spasms*... YAAAAAHHHH!!!! 100 OUTTT OF 10!!!!!

October 14, 2008

Collossus
"WOW!!"
This is even better than the original!!! I love the duel screen image. you need to keep making a few more like this before you move on.

October 13, 2008

Michelle
"I agree"
I love the idea of a "Muspelheim" and hope you'll do a companion piece on this one in the future. I love your Halloween desktops, so I hope you'll do another one as you've already given us a gorgeous fall wallpaper. Keep up the great work Ryan!

October 12, 2008

Labanimal
"Tripple Screen"
Been checking every few hours to see if its available CAN'T Wait!!!!!!! ;) This is one MEAN wallpaper!

October 12, 2008

Sly V.
"Instant Background"
I love it. Great work. Couldn't help but read your previous comment about creating a companion piece 'Muspelheim' I'm holding you to that Ryan lol. I love your planetscapes. Keep it up.



And about your debate on your next piece being a fall theme or Halloween theme I would much prefer the Halloween theme. As someone else stated, we just had a Fall theme :) Whatever you do though I'm sure, as always, it will be great.

October 11, 2008

Gabe
"Niflheim"
Love it, instant wallpaper material and kind of shows the depth that a moon or asteroid might have in orbit near a plant.



Almost reminds me of a distant planetary disaster, almost!



Great work dude, love it when you stray from your "Norm". ;-)

October 11, 2008

Melissa
"Love it!!"
Love the blues, and whites in this one!!!

Details are awesome!!



As always your art RAWKS!!!!!



Thanks Ryan

October 11, 2008

Kriz
"Destructive"
Love it cold, shows power, simply amazin

October 11, 2008

prdiver1
"niflheim"
great job amaizing sharpness looks awsome.

October 10, 2008

chiops
"Very blue!"
I love blue! I'm a sucker for ANY image in blue!



Can't wait to feast my eyes on the double and triple versions.

October 10, 2008

kasper
"Nilfheim"
this one is fantastis.

it would be awsome, if you added some more pics with northic mytologi as th theme.

fx muspelheim or some of the gods, or maybe asgaard.

October 10, 2008

Tyro
"Great!!"
I really like this one. Can't wait till the dual screen render is out!

October 10, 2008

icansee
"Ness"
How great is this? The blueness. The whiteness. The awesomeness.

October 10, 2008

Evan
"Fantastic"
Great! The details and the many different objects look like they are moving, or have recently moved. This image has life, it stirs the imagination.


October 10, 2008

Mark
"Cool"
Really really cool, but it screws with my sense of scale, sorry. It also has that 'overworked' look to it. Nice thought though.

October 10, 2008

Anne
"Detail"
Amazing, amazing piece! Quite a departure from your other planetscapes actually. This one has an element of edge and reality that the rest don't. I particularly like the bottom right hand corner. I imagine that our view is from one of the rocks in the asteroid belt? Anyhow, it's wonderful.

October 9, 2008

Leanna
"Very Cool!! lol"
I really like the details in the asteroid belt. Well either that or they are chunks floating up from the planet itself. Either way its awesome!



Also the texture of the ice itself is amazing! I feel like i could go snowmobiling through here if I wasn't afraid of being hit by giant rocks.


October 9, 2008

Nate F
"an image jam packed with goodness"
well i must say that i enjoy this space image more than others that you have done, normally i like nature scenes the best; but i do quite like this one, im not entirely sure what it is about it that i like though,

possibly because there is so much happening with the astroids and the icefield

October 9, 2008

bej
"new fav!"
became my new wallpaper soon as it was up!

October 9, 2008

wyldsyde
"Animations"
Ryan,

I think that your art is incredible. I just stumbled across your site one day and I was hooked. I want to know what I have to do to get the animations to work on my desktop. I have win XP and I don't want to have to purchase some expensive software to hook that up. What do I do?I especially love the Singularity. I'm crazy about anything having to do with space. Can you help me?



Wyldsyde

October 9, 2008

Ryan
"Re: Tri-monitor"
It's rendering now, hope to have it up something this weekend probably.

October 9, 2008

Brett
"Tri-Monitor"
Any plans to add a tri-monitor?

October 9, 2008

Marvin
"Awesome"
I feel like I'm hitching a ride in Saturn's rings. I love it!



And I actually kind of like the speckly bits in the ice. It makes it look like there's been upheaval and some kind of "contamination" in the geologic history of the place.

October 9, 2008

Greg
"Great work, as usual, Ryan..."
Just one more reason why I renew my membership every year (though I'm still unable to convince the wife that the lifetime membership is a good idea, lol...)

October 9, 2008

John
"Fantastic art! Absolutely the best ever!"
"Niflheim" is without a doubt the best planetary scene you've ever done. Please, please, please put it out as a poster! I've told all my friends about your work and they've never regretted getting a membership.

October 9, 2008

john
"amazing"
This is great work, just amazing, thanks.

October 9, 2008

asterismW
"Niflheim"
Love it. I don't have any problems with the scale, and I really like the ice "bubbles". In fact, I thought the ice turned out really, really well. I'm not a huge fan of monochromatic pictures, but I quite like this one.



Also, Halloween render ftw. (Besides, you've already given us an autumn scene...)

October 9, 2008

Ryan`
"Re: Muspelheim"
You read my mind. Not sure if I will do it right away, but I would like to do a companion piece someday.

October 9, 2008

Toffstier
"Niflheim -> Muspelheim"
Great Image!



If you start with nordic mythology, how 'bout a Muspelheim-image, same setting, but a red gas giant, exchange the debris with glowing blobs of lava, and the comet we're riding features some vulcanoes.

October 9, 2008

Pager
"Way cooolllllll"
I love it - this is now my current wallpaper.

:-)

October 9, 2008

gerry
"Artic space "
Very cool blues, loving it thanks

October 9, 2008

Mike
"Niflheim"
WOW - I really like this one!! I especially like all the blue color in the scene.

October 9, 2008

Lidia
"Niflheim"
Well, it's not bad, but I don't like this one all that much. I'm not very fond of scenes where there seems to be a very strong light coming from somewhere, making too much contrast between those areas that are directly hit by the light and those areas that are not.

October 8, 2008

Jonathan L
"Oh... wow."
I love it.



I absolutely love it.



I don't even know how to write how much I love this...



But maybe if I just say, "More" that will characterize my love enough.



Amazing.



11/10... Wow.



Again wow.

October 8, 2008

Overdrive
"!!!"
Since Lord of the Forest your artwork is better than ever before. This one does it again, absolutely beautiful, amazing!!



10* (definitely!)

October 8, 2008

dejerdejer
"bubbles"
I love this picture, I think the little bubbles on the mountains are cool, it makes it kind of different. Your work is great your new images become my desktop, and when you get a put out a new one i just put that one on it. fantastic!

October 8, 2008

Devon Shaw
"Straight to the desktop"
Amazing work -- I love the asteroids, the blue hues, everything. It takes the best elements of Circumpolar, Planitia and Tropical Moon, and wraps it all together in a gorgeous package. Well done.

October 8, 2008

Bel
"I love it!"
This one is amazing. It is right at the top for me along with Roche2k4 and Planitia. I love the space ones.

October 8, 2008

brailsmt
"Specks"
I hate to be critical, your work is so incredible, and this image is, IMO, one of your best, if not *the* best. I absolutely love your planetscapes and abstracts. This image is priceless.

October 8, 2008

J
"okay"
Love the colors ;]

Another great release, thanks

October 8, 2008

Wiese777
"Holiday section!!"
Yay!! Thanks for that. = D

October 8, 2008

Tim
"Great Work!"
The only problem I can see is that I don't know how to pronounce the name!



About the specks... I immediately thought that the surface was ice, and that the specks were tiny air bubbles trapped beneath the surface. I guess that is what makes art so great, is that everyone can have their own interpretation/opinion about each work!

October 8, 2008

Getwired
"Scale - easy fix"
Just add a "Secret Rebel Base" to the left side of the ice mountain in the foreground. Top it off with a few transport ships on the snow prepping for flight, and a Millennium Falcon (or equivalent) flying off out of the hangar... Presto, scale problem solved! I really like this one as is too, Ryan -- great job!

October 8, 2008

Ryan
"Scale issues and specks"
I agree that there are some issues with scale. I'd considered adding something to better impart a sense of scale but I couldn't decide what or where it would it. In the end I just decided to go with what I had and move on.



The speckles are a rendering artifact that seems to be inherent in Vue's subsurface scattering model. I've played around quite a bit with the settings and it seems like the only way to minimize them is to jack up the SSS quality. Unfortunately, each tenth of a point increase in quality translates to around 6 hours of render time (approximately).



To get rid of the specks completely would have resulted in a 1 week render (rather than a 1 day render) and I thought you guys had waited long enough.



So, yes, there are a few issues with this one. On the whole though I think it turned out nicely and I'm happy with it it as is.

October 8, 2008

G
"Scale"
I love the overall idea, but I agree with some of the previous posters that the execution is slightly flawed.

There's a definite scale problem here. When I looked at the image I figured that the formations were ~30ft high. Though they could be mountains. If they're supposed to be mountains then the viewpoint is too high and not far enough away. It's for this reason I don't think they are supposed to be mountains.

So, if they're ~30ft high ice formations, then there are still issues. They appear to be translucent, which to me would indicate that those blue dots are air bubbles. However, in that case they look quite large. And I don't think air bubbles would form in ice on that moon. Presumably the ice would have formed slowly, so air bubbles are incredibly unlikely, especially as there seems to be little or no atmosphere.

I also think that there is a perspective issue with the meteors behind.

Finally, we seem to be near the edge of a flat planet.



Sorry, to be so critical, but I figure it's more useful to you than just an "oh wow" :)

October 8, 2008

PeterS
"Ryan + Space= Total pwnzing"
Great Picture Ryan, the only real issue is the odd speckles. Other then that it looks great!

October 8, 2008

Jon H
"The Little Blue Dots"
I didn't notice them at first but several people have commented about them. I still love this image of course, but I am also curiuous about them now too. Is it those space rocks showing through the mountain? Or is it a reflection of the rocks? Or is it something else.



Just wondering if you could explain it. Thanks.

October 8, 2008

Gilboron
"Distance"
I agree there's not enough distance in this picture - the mountains seem like small sharp rocks in the foreground, and seem way too translucent for rock covered with snow - more like pure ice, but it doesn't look like that.



The rocks in the belt seem displaced- as if they're coming from right behind the mountains, and the "far away" rocks look just like smaller rocks.



The planet's atmosphere also has an odd sort of awkwardness- it suddenly becomes glowing saturated blue (a shade of blue that comes out of nowhere) on the edge?



If you have enough time, I'd suggest to make the mountains more solid, the belt more distant, and the gas giant less glowy.

October 8, 2008

Becca
"Yay!"
Thank you - thank you! I love your space-themed works best of all. This one was worth the wait.

October 8, 2008

David W
"ehhh. I like it but"
I like it. I wouldnít ever be able to make something like this but...

For your standards, I think you could have done better. This sort of reminds me of your olllllddderrr work but more detailed.





You did a really great job on the planet, but the foreground landscape I think you could have done better. Maybe add a little more distance and rounding on the foreground landscape. Maybe even if the pic was made like... "100 ft" further back.



Also... is that ice? Or rocks? And I donít understand the tiny light blue dots.



I give it a 7. But I think this could be a 9 or 10 if you gave it a little more work.



Sorry Iím so critical. Iím just a perfectionist.



Overall... great work. I love your wide array of art.

Canít wait for the next one!

October 8, 2008

Owen Clark
"You've Done it Again."
Created an awesome image that just makes me go "Wow!", great work, makes me glad I finally plumped for a lifetime membership after 2 years of annaul renewals.

October 8, 2008

steffen
"Awesome "
What a great image. My only change would be to lessen the amount of debris field to show more of the planet.



Also, maybe a some other colors in the planet to have some contrast would be nice.


October 8, 2008

Collossus
"The Best I have Seen Thus Far"
Awe inspiring..... can't wait untill you have the duel screen format up.

October 8, 2008

Greg in KC
"another home run!"
Ryan,



This is amazing work... I saw the thumbnail in the update email you sent out, and I knew it was going to be gorgeous. Full-Screen, it's even better than I thought. I agree with those who can't wait for the multi-monitor version!



Keep up the great job!



Greg in KC

October 8, 2008

brailsmt
"Holy @#$@!!!"
Incredible image. I never rate an image at 10 (if I rated everything a 10, then a 10 would have no meaning), but this one gets a 10. I have only a single minor nitpick, the speckles on the mountainsides look a tad cartoonish. I assume that they are supposed to be reflections of the ice debris. I'd love to see an image without those speckles.

October 8, 2008

RCD
"Niflheim"
Amazing job! Thanks, I needed that. In this time of turmoil sometimes one needs to see that there is more out there than the stock market!

October 8, 2008

Dan
"it just keeps getting better..."
very realistic and very beautiful

October 8, 2008

Jared
"Outstanding"
Love the space images Ryan. The detail on this one is great. Can't wait for the dual screen version so I can start using it :)

October 8, 2008

Ryan
"PSP Version"
Thanks for the heads up about the PSP version. It's there now. That's what I get for posting this right before going to bed instead of waiting until the morning...

October 8, 2008

Flaken2000
"This is my kind of image thanks (but problem)"
The link for the PSP version is broken.

October 8, 2008

alexM
"Very cool concept"
I don't know where you get ideas like this. I never would've thought of looking at a planet from a rock floating around it in its ring. This one is very well done and looks really cool.



10/10

October 8, 2008

Randy
"Niflheim"
VERY nice. My rotating collection of wallpaper just keeps getting more awesome. Thanks

October 8, 2008

Brian
"Holiday's"
Great idea making a separate Holiday gallery. I consistently use the Halloween and Christmas images at home and office. I assume I'm not the only one. I definitely look forward to a new Halloween image.

October 8, 2008

Benson
"Brrrr... it's cold out here."
It feels like you're on one of the ring-herding satellites of an outer planet. There seems to be more light than expected in our solar system, but maybe this one has a larger, hotter sun. Or maybe my eyes have adjusted/been bioengineered for the low light.



It's beautiful out here, but I can feel the chill right through my suit.









I'm so glad you pulled through on this one -- it's one of your best land/planet-scapes ever. Maybe the best. Can't wait to see the multi-monitors.

October 8, 2008

JeffK
"Doesnt work for me"
Its nice but thats about it. However I did seem to find two objects that seem to be identical. If they hadnt been next to each other I wouldnt have noticed.

October 8, 2008

Dan Federm
"Simply incredible"
I'm blown away by this one. Now my all-time-favorite. The blues, the glow, the scale, just incredible. I can't begin to describe how much I like this one.



Thanks!

October 8, 2008

Justin
"Next Render"
I would really love to see you pull off some sort of Haunted House for Halloween. Some of your other pieces that have architecture in them are quite good and I think you could do some awesome affects to make a killer haunted house. Thanks for making all these renders by the way. I recently bought a lifetime membership and I am very glad I did!



All the best,

Justin

Springfield, MA

October 8, 2008

Paul
"Niflheim"
Great wallpaper Ryan! The ice in the foreground looks amazing, and the colors go together beautifully. Congrats!

October 8, 2008

Foz
"As Darth Vader would say..."
"*shhhh* Most Impressive *shhhh*"

October 8, 2008

Kyle
"Wow!"
My initial reaction to seeing it was: "Holy Crap". I scared the wife.

October 8, 2008

Jon H
"OH YEAH!"
That was what I actually said when I first saw this wallpaper. I love it! The icey chunks are great!



I also like the holidays link and how you have links to your recent blog posts in the upper-right. It lets me see if you've posted there lately without having to go in and check.

Very convenient!

October 8, 2008

dujeon
"Phenomenal"
Dude, that is just unbelivable, it took my breath away when I first saw it, fantastic.

October 8, 2008

Matt Klem
"As Cartman would say..."
SWEET! Super Sweet!

October 8, 2008

Grahame
"Just awesome"
love the colours and the texture on the foreground

October 8, 2008

UPseudonym
"Fantastic"
As much as I like the other wallpapers, for me it's always the abstracts and space scenes that keep coming back to my desktop.



This one is absolutely fantastic. I'm glad you went back to it and persevered!

October 8, 2008

Labanimal
"*GASP*"
I usually wait a few days before i give my vote... This one is an immediate 10! I live for these! Can't wait for your multiscreen versions!

October 8, 2008

Russ
"Super Duper!"
Quick question, what did you use Zbrush for in this design. What did you use it on I should say? Very good though!

October 8, 2008

Hunter
"Real ... spacey?"
I really like this one, it really feels like you're way out in deep space, something only a few other space wallpapers have accomplished.



Exellent work Ryan, can't wait for the dual-screen!

October 8, 2008

Eyal
"Wow"
I have always loved Space-Scenes, and this one here is one of the best.

The colors are magnificent and the resolution is simply awsome!

October 8, 2008

Darren
"Cannot wait for the multiscreens..."
Very nice.

October 8, 2008

Manuel
"Awesome Work!"
can't wait for the dual-screen / tri-screen versions! I have a feeling those will be even more amazing.

October 8, 2008

GMaster7
"Wow."
This is absolutely amazing. I was enjoying the landscapes, but I prefer stuff like this and your abstracts. This just blew me away. Thanks for going back to it and giving us something truly awesome.

October 8, 2008

Dan S.
"Things that make me happy..."
This.

October 8, 2008

Scot
"It's goodÖ but"
Sadly the smaller the better i think. I put it on my 20" background and i think the asteroids are just a little bright. I love the foreground and the plant and most of the asteroids but some of the bigger ones just seem like they are too bright to be there when the picture is enlarged. maybe that one big one in front just seems too big or something idono. Something just seems off when i blow it up.



Sorry to be the one downer at the moment lol

October 8, 2008

Erick
"Amazing!"
I love, love, LOVE planetscapes and I absolutely LOVE this one too!! Great work!

October 8, 2008

Theo
"its blue! :)"
Wow...definetely gorgeous

October 8, 2008

FabioZak
"GREAT!"
One of your best!!!

October 8, 2008

Novacron
"MASSIVE"
This one is definitely in my top 5 space pieces from you. Everything here has great quality and detail and the asteroids really pop out at you with that angle. It reminds me a lot of 'Roche Limit'. Great work Ryan :)

October 8, 2008

NathanK
"Animate this wall paper!"
This would make an unreal animated wall paper with the meteors swirling around with the odd few smashing into the ice hill on the right.



!! i vote for animating it!!

October 7, 2008

Walo
"Awesome"
Mind blowing... I'll say something later, I have to apreciate this right now...

October 7, 2008

Blaine
"I want to go there some day"
Nice and icy and cold :)

October 7, 2008

Kris
"FIRST"
First! I love this picture, its beautiful it was very much worth the wait.

October 7, 2008

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