Sometimes you need a bird's eye view to see how exceptionally beautiful some ordinary places can be. All the aerial photographs in this gallery were either made from an airplane or using a drone.
A top down view of the impressive cracks and crevasses in the Svínafellsjökull glacier. This image was created out of 3 different shots that were stitched together.
Winter At Tungnaá
This country never ceases to amaze me. In 2017 I had the opportunity to make some brand-new aerial photographs. About half way through the flight we flew over this area - deep in the Icelandic highlands. My jaw dropped when the endless braided rivers appeared below us.
Winter at Stakkholtsgjá
A 3-shot vertical panorama, taken with the DJI Mavic Pro 2, of Stakkholtsgjá canyon in Þórsmörk. This place is exceptional during winter time which is probably one of the reasons it was used as a set for Game of Thrones.
This place is located north of Þórsmörk in the area of Fjallabak. I loved the low hanging clouds in combination with the black ash-covered scenery. The green patches of grass add for a freshness to an otherwise gloomy photograph.
Geothermal hot springs are really special-looking places. You can find the craziest colours and shapes there - wondering if it's actually real. This is a drone shot taken at Gunnuhver - one of many geothermal areas on the Reykjanes Peninsula.
When hiking the famous Laugavegurinn trail you will come upon this beautiful lake after your first hiking day. Álftavatn literally means swan-lake.
Þjórsá river is a quite impressive glacial river in Iceland, even more so from the sky. The patterns, smooth shapes and colors are just so surreal. Sometimes it even looks like the surface of another planet.
I went splashing around a bit in the highland rivers. This vertorama was taken close to Stakkholtsgjá in Þórsmörk.
Tungnaá river near Vatnajökull glacier showing off its crazy patterns with a pinch of snow in the early Autumn. This place always gets some of the very first snow of the season.⠀
Hidden behind Katla and Eyjafjallajökull you can find the hidden gem of Þórsmörk. Putting this place in your travel plans is a must according to me!⠀
Húsadalur in Þórsmörk is by far one of the most exceptional places to discover during winter. What's really curious about this place is that, for the most part of winter, direct sunlight is absent from the valley. This makes it an ideal place to see the beautiful pastel colours of the soft winter light. And, if you really want to have some sun, just climb up a mountain.
It’s always fun to try and spot quirky or recognisable shapes in the patterns the rivers form - like this tiny little heart-shaped island.
A farm located at the foot of Esja, the famous mountain close to Reykjavík. I really loved the clouds above Esja on this day.
Tungnaá in the Highlands
Sometimes you need a little bit of a different perspective to truly see what's beautiful about certain places. ⠀
We were travelling through the eastern highlands area and I spotted a huge herd of reindeer, several hundred metre from the road. I quickly grabbed my drone to check it out and took this amazing aerial shot. I decided to only grab the one shot and then leave them alone. The drone can sometimes scare animals easily.
A 4x4 adventure in the frozen and snowy area of Þórsmörk. It can be tricky to get there during winter but totally worth the effort.
A bird's eye view of Markarfljót river during an early winter sunrise taken in November 2018. The structures and flows of the braided rivers in Iceland never seize to amaze me.
Road to Þórsmörk
An aerial view over the road into the Þórsmörk valley. You can even see a few of the many river crossings on the way there.
The magnificent ice lagoon shot straight down with a DJI Mavic Pro. The blue water you can find there is just beyond amazing.
Tungnaá River Patterns
This river in the Icelandic highlands is called Tungnaá. It's not the easiest of places to get to by car but fortunately it's much easier and for sure more interesting to go there by plane. By far one of the craziest aerial views of Iceland I've gotten so far.
Sunrise over Tindfjöll as seen from Húsadalur in Þórsmörk. It is said that this mountain, and also dormant volcano, used to be 3 kilometres high before the last eruption complete shattered it to pieces. Must have been quite the explosion!
Some of the patterns and colours you can see with a bird’s eye view, look like you’re looking at another planet. This could be an impression of what the planet Mars looks like when there would be water.
Sunrise over a partly frozen landscape in Þórsmörk after a very cold night. I just love how the frost makes all the autumn colours in the landscape a little bit softer, which is even more visible with a bird's perspective.
Blue Þjórsá River
The Icelandic glacial rivers are quite impressive, even more so from the sky. The patterns, smooth shapes and colors are just so surreal. Sometimes it even looks like the surface of another planet.
This is an aerial photograph of the place where the brown/red water, coming from the nearby farmlands, merge with the glacial river.
A little bit of the summer highland green hiding under a fresh layer of snow. This shot was taken in the beginning of Autumn in 2017.