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It’s quite a ride to get to Askja. 3 hours by car (real SUV with significant clearance required) and 40 min. walk through the caldera: Here and there a bit of snow and where it’s gone the ground is warm – so you know that you are on a vulcano. Once you reach the Viti crater what you see is breathtaking.Continue reading “Askja Vulcano – 2 Lakes in a Caldera”
Sure, one has to see them: The Puffins. And not just the plush versions one can buy in any gift shop in Iceland. The real ones. While from August to April they live on the sea, during breeding season they visit the cliffs of the nothern Atlantic Ocean as well as the Arctic Ocean.Continue reading “Puffins – funny Inhabitants of the Látrabjarg Cliff … and other Birds”
Iceland is full of waterfalls. Here is my top 20. Let’s go clockwise around the country, starting in the north with the Aldeyjarfoss which is located about 40 km from the ring-road no. 1 towards the highlands.
“Around midmorn on whitsun, June 8th of 1783, in clear and calm weather, a black haze of sand appeard to the north of the mountains nearest the farms of the Siða area. The cloud was so extensive that in a short time it had spread over the entire Siða area (…), and so thick that it caused darkness indoors and coated the earth so that tracks could be seen.”*Continue reading “Laki – The brutal Force of Nature”
Iceland’s southern highlands preserve a gem: the area around Landmannalaugar, the largest rhyolite area in Iceland. Surreal, unique and incredibly beautiful.Continue reading “Nature as Painter – Landmannalaugar’s colorful Mountains”
Regular visitors of my website know about my interest for Iceland. Today I’m sharing a few “shots from above” that perfectly fit the theme of my website: structures and shapes!Continue reading “Iceland from above”
Rarely there are no clounds at all at the Glacier Lagoon in Iceland. Below is a full 180 degree panoramic view composed of 5 landscpae shots showing on the very left the barrier of the lagoon towards the ocean, then the highest mountain in Iceland called Hvannadalshnúkur (2’110 m or 6’920 ft).Continue reading “Jökulsarlon Glacier Lagoon in Winter”
I have been a couple of times at the Diamond Beach in the south of Iceland. Every time the light, the weather and the scenery is different. The shot above was taken on a cloudy day with the sun peaking through a hole in the clouds allowing for a pretty mysic shot.Continue reading “Diamond Beach”
Peaceful reflects best the atmosphere on this clear January morning at the Vatnajökull Glacier Lagoon in Iceland when the sunrise turned the peak of Hvannadalshnúkur – the highst mountain in Iceland (2’110 m) – into pink!
It is a really special place there in the southeast of Iceland. The Vestrahorn a 8-11 million years old mountain rises up good 450 meter out of the sea over a black lava sand beach. Continue reading “Vestrahorn – a mystic place in Iceland”
Caves, cracks and tunnels offer a look inside the biggest glacier in Europe – the Vatnajökull Glacier located in the southeast of Iceland. All pictures have been taken at the Breiðamerkurjökull outlet glacier, one of the tongues of Vatnajökull.Continue reading “Inside Europe’s biggest Glacier – Inside Vatnajökull”
The “Diamond Beach” at the glacier lagoon Jökulsarlon in the south of Iceland is the perfect spot to look for the Icelandic version of diamonds! Clear ice fresh from the glacier washed up on a black lava sand beach!Continue reading “Diamonds from Iceland”
The Black Diamond ice cave is located at the Breidamerkurjökull in Iceland. Due to ash encapsulated in the ice the cave looks black. But when the sunlight shines right into the cave (e.g. early February at around 10 am) it lights up in golden and blue.Continue reading “Black Diamond Ice Cave”
Iceland in winter is blue magic! Here I’m sharing shots from two glaciers in the south of Iceland. They carry blue ice! It’s blue because the compression in the glacier squeezed out any air bubbles and in this circumstance light of long wavelength like red, orange and yellow is absorbed by the ice while light of shorter wavelength such as blue or green remains.Continue reading “Blue Magic”
I’d like to start my blog addressing a question I received many times: How did you take this photo? So here is the answer: Essentially it’s a long exposure shot which makes moving water turn into mist.Continue reading “Behind the Shot – Long Exposure”