Tags archives: Iceland

  • Skjalfandafljot River: Rock Cutting

  • Downstream from the famous cascade Godafoss, eyes often miss the stark beauty of the Skjalfandafljot River, its beautiful, glacial blue waters slowly carving a canyon through hard basalt deposits common to the entirely igneous geology of the island.  As long as this channel doesn't get filled by more lava—an uncertainty for [...]
  • Waterfall Rainbow

  • A rainbow and hints of its double float in the dancing spray of Seljalandsfoss—one of Iceland's and the Earth's most majestic waterfalls, and one offering no shortage of visual effects from front to rear to side (as here).   The greatest challenge to photographing this world-class cascade, in all its personalities, was keepi[...]
  • Black Sand and Surf of Dyrholaey

  • Sharp contrast marks the surf line of the sub-Arctic North Atlantic against the black volcanic sands of southern Iceland's beaches.  A wide view of the Dyrholaey coast shows the context of this amazing, starkly beautiful beach as a product of volcanic debris deposited by huge, eruption-triggered glacial floods. 3 WSW Vik,[...]
  • The Inspirational Cascade

  • Rare and deeply treasured are those moments in life that are both inwardly and outwardly so beautiful and transcendent, that all sense of self, time and worldly distractions effortlessly evaporate into the ether of awestruck wonder.  At that time and from this vantage, Seljalandsfoss swept me so fully into that moment, over [...]
  • Sunset over Skardsfjordur

  • Just moments after another uniquely wondrous and ethereal scene just a few hundred yards away, magnificence blossomed across the Skardsfjordur fjord, beyond the lights of Hofn, and over the distant, snow-capped peaks of southern Iceland.  A deep zoom lens allowed me to capture this most intensely colored part of a splendid s[...]
  • Draining Hoffelsjokull

  • Deep blue reflections of sky on a meltwater stream punctuate the textured gray landscape of outwash gravels, draining the Hoffelsjokull glacier arm in southeastern Iceland.   The scene was abstract, yet real—an exercise in stillness and listening to only two sounds:  that running water and a gentle, cool breeze.   It was tem[...]
  • Cold Wash Cycle

  • One Icelandic beach of black sand hosts partly melted icebergs that ride there on the Atlantic waves from a nearly freshwater glacial lagoon.  The ice, calved off a tongue of the island's largest glacier, floats about the lake (Jokulsarlon) before melting just enough to fit over the bottom of an outlet channel and float to t[...]
  • Iceland's Dyrholaey Coast

  • Solid and liquid water, along with solid and liquid rock, sculpted this sweeping and majestic vista.  The mesa from which this photo was shot, as well as the one at distant right, were parts of the mainland originally, then as the big, stormy waves of the North Atlantic pounded gaps around their resistant volcanic ledges, th[...]
  • Shades of Blue

  • In the ubiquitous lists of the world's most beautiful natural places to see in a lifetime, Iceland's Jökulsárlón appears as often as anything.  This is but a brief glimpse of why. The 3,000-foot-deep Vatnajökull sheet glacier has an arm with an even bigger mouthful of a name, Breiðamerkurjökull, dropping icebergs into the la[...]
  • Jokulsarlon Ice Abstraction

  • Folks travel from all over our globe to visit the natural wonder of Jökulsárlón ice lagoon, with its sweeping vistas of blue and curiously shaped icebergs.  Whither the macro perspective too?  One can get mesmerized peering into beached glacial ice, especially in sunlight when refractions and reflections maximize and intermi[...]
  • Vik Surf

  • Rainy days aren't rare in Iceland at all, but they were few in our experience there.  The low light set up outstanding settings for mood photography and high-f-stop time exposures when it normally would be difficult, during the bulk of daylight hours.  With few other folks around willing to brave the cold rain, I treasured t[...]
  • Iceland's Highlands in the Fog

  • Looking up from the most landward fringe of coastal plain, the steep face of Iceland's interior plateau held tightly to a cloud deck that qualified a stratus from down here, fog from up there.  In the lowlands the day was sunny—in the highlands, overcast—all spanning a basalt-punctuated carpet of rich greenery. 3 ESE Holt[...]