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Svartifoss, Iceland

The Icelandic Collection

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Medium

Photography

Location

Iceland

Period

2011

Over the course of 2 weeks during the Icelandic “summer” of 2011, my wife and I headed to Iceland with some good friends from Germany. We sketched out a rough plan on the flight from Oslo to Reykjavik, rented an SUV and followed the ring round that circles Iceland.

The drive from the airport to Reykjavik was mind blowing in itself and really got me pumped for what else we might find out there. The ensuing 12 days was a feast of epic landscapes, jawdropping waterfalls, majestic puffins and dust storms that taught me a very tough lesson in keeping camera equipment protected.

If you’re a photographer, this country must be visited and explored by foot to get a real appreciation for it’s magnificence.

Selfoss, Iceland - close up

Vatnajökull National Park

Found along the Jökulsá á Fjöllum river, Vatnajökull National Park is home to stunning waterfalls such as Selfoss and Dettifoss. The latter may look familiar to science-fiction fans, as it featured predominantly during the opening scene of Prometheus.

Dettifoss, Iceland
Dettifoss, Iceland
Selifoss, Iceland
Svartifoss, Iceland

Svar­ti­foss

Formed from lava flows in the Skaftafell Nation­al Park, which is now part of the larg­er Vat­na­jökull Nation­al Park, that over cen­turies cooled cre­at­ing the stacked hexag­o­nal crystals.

Snaefellsness, Iceland
Route One, Iceland

Via the Ring Road

The road that circles most of Iceland, making it impossible to get lost. While we spent a great deal of time on this scenic piece of asphalt, we also headed a little off the beaten track to visit Snæfellsnes and stay in the fishing village of Ólafsvík.

A mountain pass through to the east coast of Iceland
Somewhere in the middle of Iceland at sunset
Skull on the F570, Iceland
Traversing down from Eyjafjallajökull
An Icelandic meadow
The ring road around Iceland.

Vol­canic landscapes

The local hotel and out­house en-route past Eyjaf­jal­la­jökull. Fun­ny things hap­pened here which I have been sworn to nev­er repeat, unless you ask me in person.

The hotel at Eyjafjallajökull
The outhouse at Eyjafjallajökull
Krafla volcanic area, Iceland
Just below the surface, Iceland
Snow meeting lava at Eyjafallajokull, Iceland
From Snæfellsjökull above the clouds, Iceland
The top of Snæfellsjökull, Iceland

Dust to dust

No trip to Ice­land is com­plete with­out a vis­it to the puffins in Vík í Mýrdal. Our trip in Ice­land start­ed by find­ing dead puffins scat­tered across a jet black beach, so it was love­ly fin­ish­ing the trip see­ing thou­sands of live ones on the cliffs in Vík.

Puffin on a cliff face - Vík, Iceland
We all return to dust.