Below are a few photos of our time in Iceland
An alien land of volcanoes, lava flows, glaciers and geysers.
The landscapes are vast and impressive. There are so many vistas’s to photograph you will be spoilt for choice.
Reykjavik is the capital of Iceland, but it has the feel of a small town. Hallgrímskirkja is Reykjavík’s main church and the high street is small but has some great shops in beautiful buildings. The Sun Voyager is an elegant sculpture on the seafront.
Glaciers and Volcanos
Solheimajokull glacier is the southwestern outlet of the Mýrdalsjökull icecap – it is an impressive ash and ice glacier just north of the small town Vik. You can walk up to the edge of this ice cap glacier if you don’t want to do a glacier walk. The Mýrdalsjökull ice cap covers the active volcano Katla. It’s smaller ice cap neighbour, covers the volcano Eyjafjallajökull which erupted back in 2010.
Vatnajokull is a huge glacier ice cap on the south east of the island. It’s the biggest glacier in Iceland and there are plenty opportunities to see and photograph this huge glacier along route 1.
Waterfalls, Tectonic plates and lagoons
Iceland has many waterfalls, each one impressive in its own right. Gullfoss is Iceland’s most visited waterfall and it is situated along the Golden Circle with the mighty Geysir and Þingvellir (Thingvellir) National Park. Thingvellir National Park is a great place to see the drifting apart of the North American and Eurasian tectonic plates. You can also go scuba diving at Silfra, a submerged rift within the park.
Other waterfalls to visit are Skógafoss, Seljalandsfoss which is a beautiful waterfall that you can walk behind, Svartifoss with its dark basalt column walls and Hraunfossar which is a series of waterfalls that run from under a lava field.
The Blue Lagoon is a beautiful lagoon to visit and is probably Iceland’s most visited attraction. If you want to experience the geothermal spa you need to book in advance as it’s very popular.
One of the most impressive stop-offs is the Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon where icebergs congregate before flowing out to the ocean. Some of the smaller icebergs get washed back up on the beach (known as Diamond Beach) and you can walk among them before they melt.
Highlights we experienced
Ice lagoon and Icebergs
Be mindful of…
The weather can change quite quickly, make sure you layer your clothes.
Food in Iceland is very expensive – make sure you plan for this.
All images of Iceland are copyright of PBKphotos 2016