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9 Days in Iceland, Half Two: The Attractive South

The drive south from Akureyri had been eventful, to say the least, however the snow subsided and we managed to cease briefly and get some minimal pictures each from time to time. As colour started as soon as once more to indicate within the panorama we started to really feel extra hopeful as we headed in direction of Vestrahorn.  In case you are studying this and questioning what’s going on with Fstoppers articles, I would return and browse the previous article 9 Days in Iceland, Part One, and this all may make sense. The south coast contained greater than its justifiable share of bucket checklist pictures that we needed to revisit. Iceland’s climate had totally different concepts from ours, nonetheless.

Vestrahorn: The Shot Is Not Definitely worth the Glass

We had solely spent restricted time in Vestrahorn on the opposite events we visited and so this time we had deliberate to spend the rest of the day into the sundown, giving us not less than 5 hours to maneuver round for various compositions. Had we photographed this time we’d have been a few lenses down for the remainder of the journey as a result of very robust easterly wind that was sandblasting every little thing in sight, even the pores and skin on our faces was uncooked after the journey. I’ve had first-hand expertise previously of sandblasted lens glass, properly a UV filter to assist defend for the shot, and I do know the injury it did to that. Nonetheless, we did spend a few hours there sheltering and on the lookout for compositions, hoping the wind would drop. Simply once you thought it was wanting promising, it might unleash once more and the gear could be swiftly packed again into the digital camera luggage. The picture under could assist present an thought of the situations nevertheless it would not present half of what we skilled.

Cellphone pictures it was then, and to be sincere, no complaints because it was good to expertise the atmosphere in different situations, making ready us for the subsequent time.

Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon and Diamond Seashore

I might like to say that this made up for the wind expertise at Vestrahorn, however sadly, I am unable to because it continued on into the subsequent morning making tough capturing situations. The waves within the lagoon had been fairly excessive and the blocks of ice had been transferring fairly a bit, making compositions tough. We wandered round taking within the surroundings, and as we had been very lucky on our different visits it wasn’t disappointing in any respect.

By the way, the seaside had only a few ice blocks on it on the time we arrived. This once more was as a result of robust easterly wind which I used to be later knowledgeable by a information, was pushing them additional around the coast. The seaside reverse the primary automotive park was completely void of any ice in anyway, and the opposite seaside had a really minimal scattering. We captured cellphone pictures as a reminder of the situations.

Shut and private wide-angle pictures could make for excellent compositions right here and a gradual shutter accentuates the water receding again over the black sand. As you’re on a southerly-facing seaside with little to no background parts apart from different blocks of ice, the sky can play a vital function within the composition relying on what’s taking place with it.

Ice Caves

We had a incredible time experiencing the ice caves with a neighborhood tour, the information was very educated concerning the glacier space and had a solution for each query requested of him. The entire expertise lasted round 3 hours together with the drive there, the walk-in, after which the return. On the return, after a few kilometer the information stopped and confirmed us {a photograph} of the cave he had taken ten years prior. The big boulder he had stopped us at to indicate us was within the cave, now within the open air. The cave had receded 1 km in 10 years resulting from world warming.

Can I recommend that if you wish to expertise the caves for your self that you just e book a smaller get together and an skilled photographic information? Our time was restricted within the caves, and though value it in each respect, we by no means had time to arrange the tripods and get the compositions we had been after, so once more cellphone pictures it was. The caves are beautiful to see and I assume with smaller events of individuals you’ll have extra time to seize the pictures you’re after, so I would look into that.


This was our first encounter with this glorious waterfall, so I could not advocate the very best capturing instances, though I’ve seen some beautiful photos at sundown from this location. What I can say nonetheless is watch out at what time of 12 months you go to. The trail into the waterfall was away from any snow or ice as we made our means in. Behind the waterfall was a completely totally different expertise and we took our time attending to the spot we needed. A really low middle of gravity was required as a result of ice. Crampons would have made for simpler entry and egress so maybe relying on the time of 12 months you go to throw a pair in your digital camera bag.

With water droplets galore at this waterfall, it is properly value taking a blower brush for the longer exposures. I have a tendency to make use of a blower brush most of the time when capturing longer exposures in situations like this as as a result of lens coating the water droplets run off in a short time. Whereas a fabric can generally smear the lens. Nonetheless, on this event, nothing may cease them, as you may see by the picture above.

Solheimasandur Aircraft Wreck

This was the spotlight of the journey for me on this event. We had visited earlier than each instances, however this time we headed out early and that basically paid off as we had the entire place to ourselves for the whole time we had been there. In truth, the primary individuals we met had been as we headed again in direction of the automotive park an hour and a half later.

There are such a lot of photos of this aircraft wreck and I do love what stays of the fuselage, remoted and suffering from the ravaging Icelandic climate, this time we had it to ourselves on a transparent crisp morning. I spent the primary quarter-hour or so flying the drone after which after getting a few the bucket pictures, I placed on the 85mm and took some element pictures. This was one thing I hadn’t achieved on earlier events and actually as a result of variety of different vacationers, like ourselves there.

The very best time to {photograph} the aircraft wreck, I can now say, is when you could have all of it to your self. In all honesty although, after getting photographed it, you’ve got photographed it. What is going to make the distinction is the climate situations or the northern lights. On our journey, we solely had a quick spell of the lights within the south with a low Kp index so it wasn’t value venturing to the wreck to {photograph} it this time.


The stroll behind Seljalandfoss was closed, and for good motive. The complete space was a sheet of ice. Even the slope to the precise of the steps under was thick sheets of ice. Though we fastidiously made our means up, there was no house for 2 individuals to arrange and shoot with out considered one of us hurtling down the slope at breakneck velocity and doubtless ending up with damaged gear and bones. We fastidiously made our means again down and took a shot from the bridge as a reminder of the situations.

Varied compositions may be discovered right here, behind the waterfall for instance, however most likely probably the most photographed composition is from up the slope to the precise of the waterfall, when there’s a spectacular sundown it truly is a surprising shot.


One other of my favourite areas this time round and just because I used to be now not on the lookout for images, and but I stored taking pictures. The Viltrox 85mm got here again out to play as soon as once more and I walked round observing and recording which was actually cathartic. Once more after checking the Vedur climate app and seeing that nothing was altering, sunset-wise, there have been no hopes of a spectacular sky to be dashed. This allowed for extra time to absorb the atmosphere, one thing I do at dwelling, however very hardly ever when on journeys away as time is brief.

On the Reynisfjara black sand seaside, we watched everybody getting up shut and private with the waves to bag a shot. That is even after seeing the warning indicators as you enter the seaside, which features a {photograph} of a vacationer caught in a creeper wave. We spent most of this time perched on the fallen rocks on the far finish of the seaside simply observing the environment and other people watching and once more the 85mm was connected.

Till Subsequent Time

Compositionally, in case you have by no means visited Iceland and it is in your radar, go for the bucket pictures if time is tight. There are such a lot of others doing the very same, and that is not a foul factor as you’re recording it out of your perspective. The pictures on this article should not the extremely polished artworks of beautiful sunsets and aurora that you may see on-line. They’re merely a document of our journey. This was our 9 days and we made the very best of what was given to us on the time. Personally, I would love a month in Iceland to discover additional and expertise extra of the altering climate and areas to see how that modifications my perspective on every little thing there. 

So, did I get any of the pictures I used to be hoping for? No, however that does not imply it wasn’t an amazing 9 days. I took cellphone pictures to document the journey and a few digital camera pictures. I did not replenish my SD card on this event, and to be completely sincere I do not thoughts in any respect as I actually loved the entire journey. The ever-changing climate situations allowed us to expertise Iceland from one other perspective, to take all of it in, and that is what counts so far as I am involved.

So till subsequent time Iceland, it has been enjoyable.

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