ICELAND

Iceland is just one of those places that all landscape photographers have to go.  For such a small island, the diversity of landscapes is breathtaking.   Waterfalls are everywhere caused by the run off from the huge glaciers in the centre, and then there are the incredible colourful rocks in the highlands and the stunning beauty of the Westfjords.  It's also a country where one visit will never be enough, there's just too much to see there.  You could quite happily spend a couple of weeks just driving around the ring road visiting the well known locations like Skogafoss, Vik, Godafoss and the Vestrahorn, but that would be to miss out on the other-worldly magnificence of the central highlands and the thousands of lesser know locations that are everywhere in Iceland. It's also a country of rapidly changing weather which can go from moody low cloud to sweeping light in a matter of minutes and where it's always possible to fit the tone of your photography with the mood of the light.  It's an awe inspiring place, and I'm excited to be leading workshops and introducing this incredible county to other people starting in 2018.

2019 Landscape Photography Workshops in Iceland

My travel blogs on Iceland are here


WATERFALLS


Skogafoss

The waterfalls of Skogafoss in southern Iceland.

Godafoss

The waterfalls at Godafoss in northern Iceland at sunset.

Haifoss

The falls at Haifoss tumble 150m into the canyon below in Iceland's highlands

Godafoss

A self portrait at the waterfalls at Godafoss in northern Iceland at midnight. The colourful sunset we wished for never materialised, but so much of Iceland looks great beneath moody clouds.

Godafoss Sunrise

Another angle of the beautiful falls at Godafoss in northern Iceland just before the sun came up.

Bruarfoss

The water at the falls of Bruarfoss runs so blue it looks as though someone has put coloured powder in it. Beneath midnight clouds it really is a beautiful sight.

Sigöldugljufur

The water falls in multiple streams as this river is split on it’s passage across the plains of Iceland’s highlands before collecting again into this beautiful coloured river.


THE HIGHLANDS


Emstrur

Looking east at sunset in the Emstrur region of Iceland's highlands. From left to right the peaks and ridges are Tuddi, Útigönguhöftar, Stórkonufell, Litla-Mófell, Stóra-Mófell and the Botnar ridge.

Landmannalaugar

Late afternoon light (well, it was around 10pm) in the valley of Landmannalaugar in Iceland's highlands

Hnausapollur Crater

The incredible blue water of the Hnausapollur crater lake in the Iceland Higlands. I scrambled up here sometime before sunrise on the recent Iceland workshop to get an elevated view of this awesome place. Photos can’t really do justice to how big this lake is, nor how up were to shoot it.

Landmannalaugar Rainbow

Brilliant light after a rain shower in brought a rainbow above the colourful rhyolite hills of Landmannalauger in Iceland's Highlands

Brennisteinsalda

The colourful rhyolite hills on the Brennisteinsalda trail, near Landmannalauger in the Icelandic Highlands

Storasula

Late light above the peak of Storasula from a ridge in the Emstrur area of Iceland's southern Highlands

Landmannalaugar

Last light illuminates the Jokulgil river valley and the rhyolite mountains of Landmannalaugar in the Icelandic highlands


THE SOUTH COAST


Vestrahorn

In summer in Iceland sunsets and sunrises blend into one another and on the evening I was shooting these peaks on on the south eastern corner of the country I had some of the most amazing light and colour I've ever experienced in Iceland. This is a 6 image stitched panorama of the black sand dunes and mountain range in this incredible place.

Fjallsarlon

Icebergs float on the glacier lake of Fjallsarlon on a misty day in southern Iceland

Jokulsarlon Beach

The black sand beach and it's iconic icebergs at Jokulsarlon in south east Iceland

Jokulsarlon

Sunset at the lagoon of Jokulsarlon. The huge Vatnajökull glacier (the biggest icecap outside of the two poles) is in the background and a branch of it comes down the valley to the lagoon where icebergs calve off, float across the lagoon, and then eventually out to sea. The ice here is 1000 years old apparently

Vestrahorn Dawn

In the long blue hour between sunset and sunrise in Iceland's summer, we were blessed with some incredible light and colour at the peaks pf Vestrahorn on Iceland's south eastern coast

Reynisfjara

The stunning rock stacks just near the town of Vik in southern Iceland seen from the black stone beach of Reynisfjara

Dakota

The remains of a DC3 that crash landed on southern Iceland's Sólheimasandur beach.


AERIAL PHOTOGRAPHY


Braids

The incredible river braids of Iceland rivers get these colours and textures from the silt they pick up as they come down from the glaciers. It contrasts with the black river beds and the colourful moss and algae. I captured this image as we flew across the river deltas of the south of the country in a light aircraft.

  Markaflojt   The braids of Iceland's Markaflojt river. The waters run down from the glaciers of Iceland's central highlands creating incredible patterns as they cross the black volcanic sands which can be seen from a low flying light aircraft.

Markaflojt

The braids of Iceland's Markaflojt river. The waters run down from the glaciers of Iceland's central highlands creating incredible patterns as they cross the black volcanic sands which can be seen from a low flying light aircraft.

Markaflojt II

Another image of the river braid in Iceland taken from a low flying light aircraft.

Stórasúla

The peak of Stórasúla shot during an aerial flight above the highlands. The views from the plane were absolutely amazing, the patterns of green and black with patches of white snow. Iceland is an amazing country, and the views from the air above the highlands are some of the most stunning I've ever seen.

When shooting from a plane it's important to have as fast a shutter speed as possible to keep the image sharp. As depth of field isn't a problem from a plane, then shooting at a fast aperture, as well as raising the ISO allow shutter speeds of between 1/500 and 1/1000,

Landmannalaugar Aerial

Patches of snow on the red rhyolite and black lava peaks of Landmannalaugar seen from the air

Svinafellsajökul Aerial

A drone image looking directly down on the ancient ice of the Svinafellsajökul glacier