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Ring Road Stream and Cliffs, Iceland

Roadside stream cascades over rocks in southern Iceland along the Ring Road.

Cliff_Farm_Stream_SIceland_PanoColor1Cliff, Farm, and Stream (Color #1), southern Iceland (16″x53″)


Seljalandsfoss, Iceland

With the blowing spray and crowds of people, taking a photograph that I was satisfied with at Seljalandsfoss was a bit daunting. I found a few brief moments when the wind shifted direction and I was able to take a bulb exposure of the falls from behind.

Seljalandsfoss_Falls_Iceland_SingleFrameSeljalandsfoss (Bulb #1), southern Iceland (12″x18″)

Seljalandsfoss_Falls_Iceland_VertSingleFrame_ShortExpSeljalandsfoss (Short Exposure #1), southern Iceland (18″x12″)


Reynisdrangar, Iceland

Basalt sea stacks rise out of the ocean on the southern Icelandic coast.

Reynisdrangar_SeaStacks_Panorama_IcelandReynisdrangar Sea Stacks, southern Iceland (16″x38″)


Svartifoss, Iceland

The cascading waters of Svartifoss slowly eat away at the rock, leaving jumbled piles of basalt in the ravine below. Columnar jointing in basalt flows + waterfall = perfect photography opportunity for a Geoscientist (and thousands of other photographers).

Svartifoss_Panorama_BW_IcelandSvartifoss and Columnar Basalt, Vatnajökull National Park,Iceland (16″x36″)


Ice and Sand at Jökulsárlón, Iceland

Icebergs from the retreating Breiðamerkurjökull calve into Jökulsárlón, where they are carried out to the ocean.  The wind and waves then push the melting chunks of ice up onto the black sands of ‘Diamond Beach’ (Jökulsárlón Ice Beach). This is another one of those sweet spots in Iceland where climate and geology combine to make a perfect location to photograph.

Jokulsarlon_Lagoon1_SingleFrameJökulsárlón Lagoon (Single Frame #1), East Iceland (12″x18″)

Jokulsarlon_Ice3_SingleFrame.jpgJökulsárlón Lagoon (Single Frame #3), East Iceland

Jokulsarlon_Ice6_SingleFrame.jpgJökulsárlón Sand and Ice (Single Frame #6), East Iceland

 

 

 


Southern Iceland Cliffs

On the drive from Breiðdalsvík to Jökulsárlón in southern Iceland, I stopped along the Ring Road to photograph the cliffs disappearing into the clouds in the distance. The eroding red paint on the house stood out against the grays and greens of the landscape.

SouthCoastHighway_CliffsHouse_Pano1_IcelandCliffs and House along Southern Coast, southeastern Iceland (16″x53″)


Jökulsárlón, Iceland

Blue-grey icebergs from Breiðamerkurjökull are scattered across the surface of Jökulsárlón. After a few test photographs of the glacial lake, I noticed that I had to keep the exposure length under ~10 seconds, or the icebergs appear blurred as the cold wind pushes the ice slowly across the lake.

Jökulsárlón_Bulb_Pano2Jökulsárlón (Bulb Panorama #2), East Iceland (16″x66″)


Breiðdalur Valley, East Iceland

We drove through a thick fog bank on the pass between Egilsstaðir and Breiðdalur valley in East Iceland. As we continued down the ring road towards Breiðdalsvík, we dropped below the clouds and could see the 1100 meter high mountains disappearing into the rain on either side of the valley.

Breiðdalur_Valley_Rain_Clouds_Mountains2_IcelandRain Clouds and Mountains in Breiðdalur Valley (#2), East Iceland (16″x64″)


Roadside Falls, East Iceland

The desolate drive along the Ring Road between Mývatn and Egilsstaðir in East Iceland passes through a windswept plateau where golden grasses creep up the steep slopes of hills (first panorama).

On our descent to Egilsstaðir in the Jökuldalur valley, I stopped to photograph the Rjukandi Falls as they poured over cliffs on their way to the Jökulsá a Brú river (second and third panoramas).

Light_Grassy_Hillsides_Plateau_2_IcelandLight on Grassy Hillsides on the Plateau (#2), East Iceland (16″x81″)

Rjúkandi_Falls_1_EastIcelandYst Í Rjúkandi Falls (#1), East Iceland (16″x35″)

Rjúkandi_Falls_2_EastIcelandYst Í Rjúkandi Falls (#2), East Iceland (28″x16″)


Westfjords Beach, Iceland

The Garðar BA 64, a steel fishing vessel that was retired in the 1980’s, was run aground in Skápadalur Valley in the Westfjords, where it sits rusting on the beach as clouds and storms roll in off the Atlantic and Arctic. I wish I would have stopped here for longer to photograph the century-old vessel- a great example of how time, wind, and water slowly eat away at the human creation.

GarðarBA64_WestFjords_IcelandGarðar BA 64, Skápadalur Valley in the Westfjords, Iceland (12″x18″)

 


Dettifoss, Iceland

At 44m tall and 100m wide, Dettifoss is a spectacularly large curtain of water pouring over a shelf of rock in northern Iceland. Sediment turns the waters (from the melting Vatnajökull glacier) of the Jökulsá á Fjöllum river a strange grey. Mist billowing up from the canyon makes bulb panorama exposures near the falls difficult to shoot (the camera gets wet quickly, and the lens gets covered in water spots). To give a sense of the size of the Dettifoss, I also included a single-frame bulb photograph of the opposite bank (note the person in the red rain jacket standing on the rocks above the falls)

Dettifoss_Bulb_4_IcelandDettifoss and Jökulsá á Fjöllum (Bulb #4), northern Iceland (16″x66″)

Dettifoss_SingleFrame_Bulb2_1x1Dettifoss (Single Frame, Bulb #2), northern Iceland (16″x16″)


Hverfjall, Iceland

Hverfjall is a 1km wide tephra/tuff volcano in northern Iceland that erupted ~2500 years ago. I climbed to the lip of the volcanic crater and shot a series of photographs as I walked along the trail. Here are two of my favorite panoramas from the series.

Hverfjall_Crater_Pano1Hverfjall Carter (#1), northern Iceland (16″x65″)

Hverfjall_Crater_Pano2Hverfjall Carter (#2), northern Iceland (16″x70″)

 


Selfoss, Iceland

Selfoss pours over and through jumbled basalt columns a few hundred meters upstream from Dettifoss, the most powerful waterfall in Europe. Selfoss and Dettifoss are both formed by the Jokulsa a Fhollum river in northern Iceland as it flows from the glacier Vatnajokull’s to the Arctic sea to the north.

Aldeyjarfoss_Falls_northernIceland

Selfoss, northern Iceland (12″x18″)


Goðafoss Part 2, Iceland

After photographing Goðafoss from the cliffs on the north side of the river, I set my tripod up on the south and took a few bulb exposures looking down at the falls. This panorama is one of my favorites from the morning: constant mist billowing up from the cascading water changing into misty silk in the bulb exposure.

Godafoss_from_South_LookingDown_IcelandLooking down on Goðafoss from South (Bulb), northern Iceland (16″x48″)

 


Goðafoss, Iceland

Rivers and streams flowing down to the ocean create a tremendous number of waterfalls in Iceland. On my trip around the ring road, I stopped to photograph one famous set of waterfalls – Goðafoss – where a river pours over a shelf of rock creating five falls of various sizes. Driving rain kept me in the car for a few minutes, but the cloud passed and I was able to photograph the falls from a few angles without getting my camera too wet. I first took a few photographs after rock hopping to the cliff at the top of the falls (first photo below- no ND filter). I then walked down stream and set my tripod up so I could take a bulb exposure looking back up at the falls (second panorama- with ND filter). Note the dark rain cloud that is looming in the upper right corner of most of my photographs on this day.

LookingDownOnGodafossIcelandLooking down on Goðafoss, northern Iceland (16″x54″)

 

Godafoss_Bulb_Number2_IcelandGoðafoss (Bulb #2), northern Iceland (16″x54″)

 


Rain Clouds from Pass, Iceland

We crossed from fjord to hilltop to fjord as we drove from the Westfjords towards Akureyri. The wind was so strong that I had to stand at an angle when photographing the fog hanging low over a mountain. We stopped on top of a pass near Varmahlíð to photograph the clouds as they broke like ocean waves against the mountains on the other side of the next fjord.

RainCloudsBreakingOverFjord_IcelandRain Clouds Breaking over Fjord, near Varmahlíð, Iceland (13″x”50″)


Sunset over Westfjords, Iceland

As the sun was setting around midnight, I took a walk down to the water among grazing sheep and Arctic terns.

SunsetoverWestfjordCliffs_IcelandSunset over Westfjord Cliffs, near Hnjótur, Iceland (16″x”64″)


Westfjord Bulb Panorama, Iceland

After visiting the puffins nesting along the cliffs of the Westfjords , I stopped to take a long-exposure (‘bulb’) panorama of the ocean crashing against the empty beach near Breiðavík.

OceanRocksClouds_nearBreiðavík_IcelandOcean, Rocks, and Clouds (Bulb), near Breiðavík, Iceland (16″x”34″)


Westfjords, Iceland

Shifting cloud cover creates ever-changing summer light and shadow over the cliffs of Iceland’s Westfjords near Hnjótur.

ShiftingLightoverWestfjordCliffs_IcelandShifting Light over Westfjord Cliffs, near Hnjótur, Iceland (16″x”59″)


Ólafsvík Waterfall, Iceland

On Snæfellsnes peninsula, streams flowing off the flanks of the mountain cascade over basalt cliffs, forming a series of falls in the shifting clouds.

ÓlafsvíkFalls3_IcelandÓlafsvík Falls (#3), Ólafsvík, Iceland (16″x40″)


Cirque below Snæfellsjökull, Iceland

Snæfellsjökull sits atop a stratovolcano overlooking the Snæfellsnes peninsula in western Iceland. To get a closer look at the mountain and snowfields, I hiked up a path that eventually disappeared into a landscape covered in spongy moss and grass. I stopped mid-hike to photograph the clouds and shadows hugging the flanks of the mountain.

CloudedFlanksStratovolcano2IcelandClouded flanks of the Stratovolcano (#2), Snæfellsnes, Iceland (16″x”85″)


Snæfellsnes Landscape, Iceland

A glacier-capped mountain rises from the cooled basalt lava flows on Snæfellsnes peninsula.

Road_Basalt_Flows_Snaef_IcelandRoad through the Basalt Flows, Snæfellsnes, Iceland (16″x74″)

Jumbled_Basalt_Landscape_Snæfellsnes_Iceland.jpgJumbled Basalt Landscape, Snæfellsnes, Iceland (16″x65″)


Snæfellsnes, Iceland

Snæfellsnes peninsula pokes out into the northern reaches of the North Atlantic Ocean. A glacier-capped 700,000 year old stratovolcano dominates the landscape in this national park, where craters rise up out of the cooled lava flows extending out to the ocean. I drove out to the western cliffs of Snæfellsnes peninsula to photograph the waves crashing against the basalt.

Snæfellsjökull_Waves_BasaltFlows_IcelandOcean Waves on Basalt Flows, Snæfellsnes, Iceland


Pass near Búðir, Iceland

Near Snæfellsjökull National Park in northwest Iceland, highway 54 turns north and climbs over a pass. I stopped to photograph a lone hut near the top of the pass.

RedHut_Pass_nearBudhir_IcelandRed Hut on the Pass (near Búðir), northwestern Iceland (16″x49″)