Sunshine, spectacular scenery coated in snow, ferocious winds, blizzards plus a freak wave that took one of my cameras as victim, a few of the highs & lows of an adventure packed Icelandic winter trip.
My second trip to Iceland was quite an adventure and I must admit that as I flew over the southern coast, descending to Keflavik Airport I was a little apprehensive to driving in the amount of snow I was witnessing through the plane window. Who the hell is daft enough to want to go to Iceland in the middle of Winter? Well from what some say I apparently do seem to have a distinctive desire for such extremities. Strange really, I like warm destinations as most others too and would rather sweat my wotsits off than freeze them off but the rugged, snow covered landscape of Iceland never ceases to capture my imagination. It was a challenge I just couldn’t resist.
I had 10 days to document as much as possible weather permitting and that was my biggest concern. Iceland is well known for it’s ever and rapidly changing weather conditions and is certainly one of the main reasons for landscape photographers to go there but a main concern is the amount of time you could spend sitting around waiting for the rain to cease, the fog to lift or even worse still sit out a snow storm slowly being buried in your car.
I was quite lucky considering the locations and season but I also had a couple of hairy encounters with blizzards and storm force winds that literally took my breath away. On the odd occasion I couldn’t open the door of my car or see anything through the camera due to streams of tears obscuring my view caused by the gale force winds. It was an experience that I will never forget and I am glad to report that I have some pictures that I can be proud of.
Vatnajökull Glacier: The Largest Glacier in Europe
JÖKULSARLON BEACH & HORNAFFÖRDUR MASSIF
LET US PRAY
ROCK IN A POND
STAR STROKED AURORA
“This grand show is eternal. It is always sunrise somewhere; the dew is never all dried at once; a shower is forever falling; vapor is ever rising. Eternal sunrise, eternal sunset, eternal dawn and gloaming, on sea and continents and islands, each in its turn, as the round earth rolls.”
― John Muir, John of the Mountains: The Unpublished Journals of John Muir
OUTDOOR TOILET OR BORDER CONTROL?
UP ON A HILL
WARNING! REINDEER CROSSING
SKY BURNS GLACIER
SNOWED IN AT VIK
LAVA COVERED IN MOSS, COVERED IN SNOW
SNOW COVERED MOSS
OFF THE BEATEN TRACK
Did You Know?
Up to the present day Iceland’s volcanic past is just as unpredictable as it ever was, a phenomena that earns due respect, an island born and ever growing out of ice and fire.
I fell in love with the Icelandic Summer from the moment I touched the runway at Keflavik Airport near Reykjavik. The first couple of kilometers along the southern coast presented me with something that I had never experienced before, a landscape free from all man-made obstructions other than the winding ring road that I was driving on. I felt free at last.