Friday 12 February 2016


This is the very last (and may be the best) photo I took in Iceland, just somewhere along the south-west coast. No well-known top location, no great sunset, but somehow I like this shipwreck atmosphere at the end of day. It is so typical Iceland; it expresses the rough side of this barren land (a saying in Iceland is an “Behind every tree there is naked woman”; I did see neither of them :-). It is very enjoyable to let your eye work and discover some nice scenery yourself.
Anyhow, with or without trees, Iceland is a unimaginable beautiful land. Bye bye Iceland, hope to see you again in the future and be a Viking for another week!

* Canon EOS 5D Mark III, 16-35mm/f4 @ 16mm; ISO-200, f16, 2s; +1 stop; ND2 hard gradient filter; flash used; tripod.

Mudpots and fumaroles

Seltún near Krýsuvík, located on the Reykjanes peninsula, is a breathtaking geothermal area in Iceland (land of fire and ice). Here the Earth is alive, she bubbles, simmers, smokes, sighs and stinks. On Facebook I can show you the kaleidoscope of colorful sediments, but you have to do it without hydrogen sulfide smell (=foul odor of rotten eggs).

* Canon EOS 5D Mark III, 16-35mm/f4 @ 16mm; ISO-200, f11, 1/50s; +0.3 stop; tripod.

That's why it is called Iceland!!!

‘Ice-harps’ at Skogafoss. Most people make a quick stop here to photograph the spectacular waterfall. But when you focus on the details, wait a little for the light to hit the water and use a longer shutter time you get these kind of pictures.

* Canon EOS 5D Mark III, 70-200mm/f2.8 @ 90 mm; ISO-50, f16, 1/2s; +1.3 stop; ND3 filter; tripod.

Thursday 11 February 2016

Magic in the sky

I have seen the Northern Lights a couple of times before, and it is still magical! This evening we walked right from our hostel uphill on a slope with a thin layer of snow and hard ice underneath. Halfway I slipped and glided downwards with an ever increasing speed, holding my tripod and camera in front of me. Somehow I managed to slow down and even stop. I resumed the climb upwards. And as you can see I was rewarded with a great Aurora Borealis scenery.

* Canon EOS 5D Mark III, 16-35mm/f4 @ 16mm; ISO-3200, f4, 8s; tripod.

Vatnajökull drive

Scenic road trip from Jökursalón to Skaftafell along snow-covered mountains and moraine fields of the Vatnajökull glaciers. Global warming is very tangible here. The ‘ice rivers’ retreat about 100m inland every year. Photos are taken from the car (my brother was driving!).

* Canon EOS 5D Mark III, 24-105mm/f4 @ 50 mm; ISO-800, f5.6, 1/2500s; +1.3 stop.

Wednesday 10 February 2016


Blizzerd near Vatnajökull, Europe’s largest glacier massive. Roads were closed, we were completely isolated from the rest of the world. But luckily we could still see the house of our neighbours.

* Canon EOS 5D Mark III, 70-200mm/f2.8 @ 70 mm; ISO-400, f2.8, 1/160s; +1.3 stop.

Tuesday 9 February 2016

Total reshape

Glaciers not only transport material as they move, they also sculpt and carve away the land beneath them. Material picked up by a glacier forms moraines along the surface and sides of the glacier. As a glacier retreats, the ice literally melts away from underneath the moraines, leaving undulating fields and ridges with deposited gravel, small rocks, and sand. The landscape is drastically reshaped over hundreds or even thousands of years. This process is very visible at Skaftafell National Park during our evening walk. Take a look at this small gallery.

* Canon EOS 5D Mark III, 16-35mm/f4 @ 16mm; ISO-800, f16, 1/60s; polarization filter.
* Canon EOS 5D Mark III, 70-200mm/f2.8 @ 105 mm; ISO-800, f10, 1/125s.
* Canon EOS 5D Mark III, 70-200mm/f2.8 @ 140 mm; ISO-800, f10, 1/20s; +0.7 stop; tripod.