The Dream Fulfilled
I guess we’ve all seen images from Iceland over the years. The waterfalls, black beaches and rugged volcanic landscape have always been a mecca for photographers, but image sharing on the internet has bought the country to the attention of a lot of travellers and cheap flights have made it easily accessible.
It’s been a dream of mine to visit for a number of years, and this October that dream became a reality after I’d organised a trip for myself and five photographer friends. We needed to do the trip on a limited budget so based ourselves in a cheap apartment in Reykjavik, knowing we’d need to travel a bit. We did stay one night in a hostel in the east of the country to allow ourselves more time to explore over there.
Iceland has a huge amount of potential for photography and due to the number of visitors certain locations have become well known iconic views. This was our first visit so we were quite happy to explore and capture these views for ourselves. I can safely say I wasn’t disappointed with the trip. Sometimes a destination doesn’t live up to the hype surrounding it when you actually get there, but Iceland never failed to deliver. The waterfalls were staggering, powerful and captivating; the black beaches were unusual and interesting, the ice beach was stunning and the volcanic mountains and plains just fascinating.
Whilst I was pleased with images I captured, I believe I have just scratched the surface of what Iceland has to offer. I have a feeling this won’t be my last visit……
Within 2 hours drive of Reykjavik are some of the most iconic views in the whole of Iceland. Consequently the areas are very popular and are a magnet for tourists. The waterfalls of Seljalandsfoss and Skogafoss are very close to the main Route 1 road that circles the Island.
Continue travelling east on Route 1 and you soon get to the amazing Jokulsarlon 'Ice Beach'. Ice from the Vatnajokull glacier breaks into a large lagoon, from there a river flows into the sea and lumps of ice are washed back onto the black beach. Further along the road still, you get to the amazing Vestrahorn mountain that looks superb photographed from Stokksnes beach.
North of Reykjavik on the West of the Island lies the Snaefellsness peninsula. On the north side of the peninsula the mountain of Kirkjufell (Church Mountain in Icelandic) with it’s very distinctive shape. There are some fabulous coastal locations in this area, along with the black church of Budir.
Keywords: black and white, ice beach, iceland, jokulsarlon, kirkfjufell, monochrome, reynisfjara, seljalandsfoss, skogafoss, vestrahorn, vik
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