Thank you for visiting my online gallery showing off images and photographs from Iceland. All images are available as digital files or as fine art prints.
Located in the North Atlantic between Greenland and Ireland, Iceland is a Nordic country of fire and ice. From volcanoes and lava fields to glaciers and icebergs, this island-country of just over 350,000 people is an outdoor wonderland defined by its natural beauty. With over 200 named waterfalls and over 10,000 waterfalls throughout the country, the landscape offers a plethora of sightseeing and adventuring for those willing to make the journey.
I've been fortunate enough to visit many of the iconic locations in Iceland - some several time. One of my favorites is Kirkjufell Mountain in west Iceland. With Kirkjufellfoss (Kirkjufell Waterfall) cascading in the mountain's shadow this landscape is one of the most photographed locations in Iceland. However, in summer, daylight lingers through the night, making for some long "magic hour" photograph sessions. I've had the opportunity to shoot this area several times - some in daylight and some under the midnight sun. Most nights out there, I never saw another person.
Another location in west Iceland I've enjoyed visiting is the little red church (Ingjaldshólskirkja) located on the farm Ingjaldshóll in the Snæfellsnes peninsula. Dating back more than 1,000 years, this location is filled with Lupine in the summer. Arriving just before 11:30pm allows for soft golden light to show up across the landscape. After that, the skies may turn pastel shades of pink and blue. Shooting here in daylight with blue skies provides an abundance of color when the lupine are in bloom.
In east Iceland, the artsy village of Seydisfjordur sits at the end of a long, beautiful fjord. Highway 93 climbs 27 km up and over a mountain pass and connects Seydisfjordur with Egilsstaðir and the rest of Iceland. This little fjord village seems a long way from everything, nestled in a beautiful valley, and is great for strolling on long summer nights. The Blue Church and rainbow street are icons in the town, and summer Lupine tumble down the surrounding slopes in their shades of blue and purple.
Heading south, the town of Höfn makes for a great base for exploring surrounding mountains and glaciers. One of the most popular places to photograph this region is the Vestrahorn. This jagged mountain rises 1,490 feet (454m) from the black sands beach beneath it. Made of iron-and-magnesium-rich gabbro rock, the mountain appears sharp and dark, distinct from most other mountains in Iceland. There is a small fee to enter this area because it sits on private land, but the cost is well worth it. The lady I talked with who runs the entrance shop was extremely nice and helpful, as well.
Just a little east of Höfn is a beautiful glacier bay - Jökulsárlón lagoon - that is filled with meltwater from Breiðamerkurjökull Glacier as it melts and retreats. Ice breaks off from the glacier and drifts in the lake, eventually washing out to the ocean. Many of these icebergs ride the current out to sea and back to the coast and wash up on the adjacent beach. This stretch of black sand is known as Diamond Beach because the beached icebergs resemble diamonds glistening in the sun.
Further east and south about a 45 minute drive from the town of Vik sits a small and once-impressive area known as Fjaðrárgljúfur Canyon. The canyon itself is 1 1/4 miles long and about 328' deep. The lush green of the vegetation and aqua of the flowing water makes for a beautiful sight. Unfortunately, in 2015, singer Justin Bieber shot a music video at this canyon. Since then, over 1,000,000 people have visited the pristine and delicate ecosystem, scarring the vegetation and forcing the closure of a majority of the trails and overlooks. It is still worth a short stop, but the views (compared to pre-2015) are quite restricted.
In latter portion of this gallery, I've added some of my favorite scenes from Iceland in black and white. While I do favor color, sometime a mix of clouds and landscapes just lend themselves to grayscale. I hope you like these selections.
I'll be adding images to this gallery. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me.