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Iceland – Full Circle

In early October, I’ll be departing for a 14 day photo trip to Iceland.  We will take an anticlockwise route following Highway 1 (AKA The Ring Road) as it circumnavigates Iceland. We will of course be making many detours on the way to visit more remote and exciting locations.

Iceland Ring Road

The first few days will takes us along the popular southern coast of Iceland and we’ll take in many of the highlights along the way. We’ll be visiting many of the grand waterfalls as well as many lesser known falls.

Reynisdranger Sea Stacks, Vik

A visit to the Black Sand Beach at Vik with its powerful seas and sea stacks, then on to the magical Jokulsarlon Lagoon and iceberg beach.

Icebergs on Beach, Jokulsarlon

As we reach the eastern extent of Highway 1 we’ll visit Hofn and Stokksnes where we’ll spend a few days photographing this dramatic area, including the majestic Vestrahorn.

Mount Vestrahorn, Stokksnes

From Hofn our journey will travel north. This is the more remote and less visited part of the island that we’ve not visited before. We will pass the shores of Reydarfjordur with a detour to Eskifjordur and Seydisfjordur before reaching Egilsstadur. We’ll spend a couple of days in this area as we explore the remote north-east region of Iceland. From here we’ll turn west across the northern part of Iceland to Lake Myvatn and the mountainous interior.

As we continue west we will visit the amazing Godafoss waterfall. Our journey will also take us north from Highway 1 to the coastal town Husavik before rejoining Highway 1 on our travels to Akureyri.

From Akureyri we’ll head south to Borgarnes detouring for a visit to the coastal town of Saudarkrokur. On our final full day we’ll explore Pingvellir, Geysir and Gullfoss.

Gullfoss Waterfall

Iceland 2018 – Aurora Borealis Gallery added

I’ve just uploaded a gallery of photos from my trip to Iceland in October/November.

During the trip we were very fortunate to see the Aurora Borealis (Northern Lights) on four separate occasions/locations. The aurora is a natural electrical phenomenon characterised by the appearance of streamers of greenish or reddish light across the night sky. It’s an incredible light show caused by collisions between electrically charged particles released from the sun that enter the earth’s atmosphere and collide with gases such as oxygen and nitrogen. The aurora is seen around the magnetic poles of the northern and southern hemispheres.

Aurora Borealis Gallery

Images were GPS tagged and edited in Adobe Photoshop Lightroom Classic CC

A gallery containing the 15 photos shown above is located at Iceland 2018 – Aurora Borealis

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Off to Iceland

I’ll shortly be departing for a 10 day photo trip to Iceland. The trip will begin with a leisurely 5 day drive taking in the Golden Circle, then along the south and east coast. We hope to visit areas such as Landmannalaugar, Gysir, the Gullfoss waterfall, Jokulsarlon iceberg lagoon and diamond beach, Mount Vestrahorn and many other locations along our route.  We will then travel west to the Snaelfellsnes Peninsula for 3 days where we will spend some time photographing locations such as Kirkjufell and the Budir Black Church. All being well, conditions will be in our favour to see Aurora Borealis. Our last 2 days will be spent around the Vastness Peninsula

This will be my third trip to Iceland, and if anything like the previous trips there will be plenty of photos to be had. I’ve included some from the previous trips below as tasters.

Lutheran Church, Vik

Jokulsarlon Iceberg Lagoon

Reynisdrangar Sea Stacks, Reynisfjara