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North and West Iceland

In July 2011 I ran along with Johnathan Esper from www.wildernessphotographs.com two 12 day long photo tours around Iceland. Each group had 9 clients plus us two photographers. Our ambitious plan was to go around the island including selected highland locations during these twelve days and see all the main attractions in Iceland from a photographers perspective. We circled the Island counter clockwise on both tours. Part 1 can be read here.

This 2nd part will take us from east Iceland through the north and back to Reykjavík via west Iceland. Here is a short photo essay of the locations we visited:

North-East Highlands

This is where the two tours did not have the same itinerary. Only the 2nd tour visited the higlands of the north east. On a windy day we saw some nice black desert landscapes.

Highland Sunset at Mörðurvellir, Iceland.
Glacier River of Jökulá á Fjöllum.
Rounded Hill in desert landscape en-route to Askja, Iceland


The Waterfalls of the North-East

Numerous large waterfalls are one of the tradmark of the landscape of the north-east in the many large galcier rivers flowing north from Vatnajökull glacier.

People watching Dettifoss.
Kayak going off Goðafoss waterfall.
Aldeyjarfoss in Skjálfandafljót River.


Tjörnes Puffins

At a hidden place known by Johnathan we photographed unusually shy Puffins at Tjörnes near Húsavík. Both groups where fortunate that the Puffins turned friendly just before we had to leave.

Friendly Puffins at Tjörnes.
Martin photographing Puffins.
Puffins in Flight at Tjörnes.


Mývatn Area

Mývatn has alot to offer for the travelling photographer. We took full advantage of that and stopped at the many interesting locations in the area. This area like Jökulsárlón in my last post deserves a two rows of images.

Details of the geothermal activity at Krafla.
Víti crater near Krafla.
Námafjall Geothermal activity near Mývatn area at night.
Námafjall Geothermal activity near Mývatn area at night.
Vindbelgur seen from Höfði over Lake Mývatn.
Steaming geothermal exhaust vent.


The North

North Iceland is a vast area of rounded mountains, valleys and farms. Although we did not stop at many places here there are occasional places of interest.

Hey Bills at Eyjafjörður Farmland near Akureyri.
Ripples and Reflections at Hvíserkur Sea Stack.
Basalt Column Lighthouse at Kálfhamravík.


Snæfellsnes, Northern Part

Snæfellsnes is an area we devoted almost two day for each group. The northern side is known for its steep mountains and tranquil fjords.

Kirkjufellsfoss and Mt. Kirkjufell near the town of Grundafjörður.
Tour 1 at the top of Snæfellsjökull glacier.
Tour 2 shooting a church at Snæfellsnes.


Snæfellsnes, Southern Part

The sourthern part of Snæfellsnes peninsula is known for its rugged coastline and the beautiful view of Snæfellsjökull glacier. Neither group actually saw the glacier due to cloudy conditions but there where other interesting things to photograph instead.

Snæfellsnes Lupine Church.
Backlit Clouds at Þorgeirfellshyrna.
Búðir Church at Snæfellsnes just before a heavy rain shower.


Kerlingarfjöll Area

In the middle of the barren landscape of Kjölur in the highlands lies a hidden gem called Kerlingarfjöll. Even though the road was rough and long both groups had very successful sessions here. Again this location deserved two rows of images.

Snow Abstract at Kerlingarfjöll.
Layers of mountains at Kjölur.
Bridge over a Geothermal River at Kerlingarfjöll Geothermal Area.
Symetrical Abstract at Kerlingarfjöll.
Geothermal River at Kerlingarfjöll Geothermal Area.
Greg photographing at Kerlingarfjöll Geothermal area.


Near Reykjavík

At the end of each tour we stopped at locations near Reykjavík. The area around Reykjavík has surprisingly many interesting things to photograph.

Barnafossar waterfall at Sunset.
Solheimar Church seen from a hill.
Green Rocks at Hvarleyri near the Town of Hafnarfjörður.


Final Words

I want to thank all the participants in our tours this summer and Johnathan for a great time and good photography. It was exhausting running two 12 days tours in a single month but all worth it as I brought home good memories and equally good images.

2 Responses to Iceland Summer Photo Tours 2011 – Part 2

  • Dilara

    En helt udbrenar och fantastisk bild. Har har du lyckats med allt, kompositionen, ljuset och efterbehandlingen. En san har bild tar andan ur mig!

  • Nico Scherer

    Fantastic Pictures!!!!!!
    I really like your country!
    Greetings from Stuttgart, Nico