Ísland

My first introduction to the tremendous beauty of Iceland was in 2016. While driving around the ring road, I realized that it would be impossible to capture the impressiveness of the landscape.

You really have to be there to experience it for yourself.

Long days will be stretching your stamina, there is so much to see, no time to lose! Don’t forget your tripod!

Skógafoss waterfall

This is my favourite image from the trip. I even have a large print version hanging on my wall at home. Using a neutral density filter at twilight resulted in a 1.3 second exposure time.

The Dettifoss waterfall is the most powerful waterfall in Europe. The waterfall has been featured in the science-fiction film Prometheus.

Conditions were poor when I was there. Cloudy, rain, wind and it even started snowing. It didn’t feel like setting up a tripod would be worth the effort with all gear getting wet.

In the end I am really satisfied with this handheld shot.

The area up north around lake Mývatn is like a scene from another planet.

The upper photo is taken at Hverir. Close to the steamy, bubbling mud pots. This is an active geothermal field.

The black and white image was shot at Víti crater around Krafla. The vertical lines in the snow are almost like tears running down the slopes of the crater. It was simply astonishing to stand at the top of it.

It must be hard to believe, but the location of this cave is just a few kilometers away from the image taken above.

Grótagjá is a natural hot spring, inside a cave! I’ve explored the cave during the afternoon, but was not satisfied with the images I took. Returning again the next morning was one of the best decisions to make with the beautiful morning light hitting the cave entrance just perfect.

I used a circular polarizer to remove the glare from the water and the wet stones. Be certain to bring a tripod if you want to shoot at your camera’s base ISO.