Around Iceland

An island of landscapes shaped by ice and fire

 

Skeiðarársandur is a no man's land mostly composed of rivers and black volcanic alluviums coming from Vatnajökull glacier. When the sky gets dark, everything around becomes colorless.

 

Wrecked icicle on the volcanic black sand by Jökulsárlón, Iceland.

 

Moon watching over a massive icicle wrecked on the black sand beach by Jökulsárlón, Iceland. Sun will soon rise.

 

Hveravellir is certainly one of the most famous places in the Highlands. You quickly understand why as one can easily reach a fumarole, a geyser and a breathtaking smoking blue lagoon, all in the same area. But don't get mistaken by the color of the water here : its temperature can reach 100˚C. Iceland.

 

When icebergs detach from Vatnajökull and fall onto Jökulsárlón lagoon, they can float here for days before getting carried away by tide. This provide a great fishing area where seals and Arctic terns feast all day long.

 

Arnarfjordur, one of the biggest fjors in west Iceland, under Arctic summer night in Iceland.

 

Sunset light creates a rainbow on Seljalandsfoss, Iceland, waterfall famously renown for the possibility to see it from behind. Iceland.

 

No unicorns nor treasure at the root of this rainbow. But as we are in Iceland, maybe it would be more judicious to refer to Norse mythology and see in it Bifröst, the bridge to Asgard, realm of the Norse gods...

 

Double rainbow over a traditional Icelandic farm. Iceland.

 

Skeiðarársandur is a no man's land mostly composed of rivers and black volcanic alluviums coming from Vatnajökull glacier. When the sky gets dark, everything around becomes colorless.

 

Twin streamed Svartifoss waterfall surrounded by organ-shaped rocks in Iceland.

 

Smokes coming out from Geysir hot springs at night. The word 'geyser' actually comes from this little Icelandic town's main geyser named Geysir. Nowadays, Geysir is not active anymore, but hopefully for the show another geyser known under the name of Strokkur has taken over, which still makes Geysir (the village) one of the most touristic places in Iceland.

 

There is no doubt why Landmannalaugar, Iceland, is the favourite place for thousands of photographers. The textures, the wide range of colours, the ambiance, ... Here you'll find lava fields, rhyolite, snow, mountains, hot springs ... Only the icebergs are missing.

 

Ashed covered ice of Sólheimajökull glacier, part of Mýrdalsjökull glacier under which lays Katla, the witch volcano. Iceland.

 

Hverfjall caldera used to be an explosive crater. Despite its active past, it now has become quite and it is even possible to hike around its borders. Iceland.

 

Hverir area is a desert dotted hot springs bubbling with grey mud. In ancient times, people used to throw witches in these boiling holes. Iceland.

 

Leirhnjúkur is a black lava field dating back to Krafla 1984's eruption. The ground is smoking due to the springs beneath it, heated by a strong underground volcanic activity. Iceland.

 

Hverfjall is an explosive caldera located near lake Mývatn. Enlightened by the full moon it looked like the hoof of Sleipnir, the eight-legged Odin's horse. Iceland.

 

A few minutes after the sunset in Jökulsárlón glacial lagoon. Crowd has already left the place. Only the sound of fishing Arctic terns can be heard. And if you're lucky, one of the seals living in this place will stare at you with curious eyes... Iceland.

 

Numerous icebergs detach from Vatnajökull onto Jökulsárlón, a lagoon dating from the 30s. From there they get carried away by tide and finally wreck on the shores of the nearby black sandy beaches. Iceland.