JVN Photography
Belgian landscape photographer,
based in Reykjavík, Iceland.

Bird- & Wildlife

Animals, Arctic Fox, Birds, Icelandic Horse, Puffins, Reindeer, Seals, Sheep, Whales

It can be very difficult and trying to photograph wildlife. It usually takes a lot of patience and perseverance but it’s so rewarding when you finally get that one great capture.

Puffin Up-Close

Puffin Up-Close

This curious bird is sometimes referred to as the penguin of the north. When you have the pleasure of seeing it as close as in this shot, it’s hard not to understand why that is.

Peek-A-Boo Seal

Peek-A-Boo Seal

The one thing I've learned from watching and photographing seals, is that the longer you wait along the shore, the more likely it is they will come closer out of curiosity.

Brown Snowy Fox

Brown Snowy Fox

This cute little fox was, just moments before I took this shot, digging for food in the snow. These creatures tend to hide away food when they can get it so they can eat when it’s more difficult to catch food.

Arctic Fox

Arctic Fox

Taken in the hidden gem of Þórsmörk, this beautiful arctic fox with a bright white fur showed up during on of my visits in the area. It's amazing to see how it can camouflage itself during the winter season.

Sealhouette

Sealhouette

A seal floating by on a small ice block at the Jökulsárlón ice lagoon. The combination of the silhouette and the low-hanging cloud make this a very ethereal image for me.

Horse Silhouette

Horse Silhouette

The silhouette of an Icelandic horse, facing off the cold in the low winter sun.

Iceberg Gull

Iceberg Gull

It’s always fun to travel around the ice lagoon, there’s always something interesting going on - even though I’ve been there many times already. This curious looking iceberg had my attention for some time and I kept hoping for a bird to land on it. After about 30 minutes of waiting it finally happened. Worth the wait!

Reindeer Herd

Reindeer Herd

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.

Puffin Sunset

Puffin Sunset

A puffin resting in the sunset after a day of fishing along the Látrabjarg cliffs in the West Fjords.

Brown Arctic Fox

Brown Arctic Fox

This cute little brown (or blue) arctic fox is probably not even a year old. When I met him, he was so curious about the people trying to photograph him.

Humpback Whale

Humpback Whale

A humpback whale in the Skjálfandi bay near Húsavík in North Iceland. This bay is one of the best places to spot bigger whales in Iceland.

Facing The Storm

Facing The Storm

This lonely guy made this scene so complete for me. The landscape looks soft because of the strong gusts that were blowing over the area at the time. Combined with the sun, it gives this image such a warm and fuzzy vibe.⠀

Fox Brothers

Fox Brothers

Never alone, always together. Two arctic foxes, in their winter coats, exploring Þórsmörk .

Elvis

Elvis

The Icelandic horse is quite the animal. It can stay outdoors the whole winter in Iceland. Out of fear of weakening the breed, none-Icelandic horses are not allowed into the country. If the breed would weaken, they would not be sturdy enough to resist these conditions.

Reindeer

Reindeer

When you're travelling in East Iceland (and you're lucky), you might spot some reindeer.

Puffin Bokeh

Puffin Bokeh

This was one of my absolute dream shots to take when it comes to photographing puffins. I really liked the outcome where the sunset background blurs into the grassy foreground like a water colour painting.

Brown Arctic Fox

Brown Arctic Fox

Not all arctic foxes are white and not all of them change colours depending on the season. The colour-changing ability is solely dependant on a certain gene that has to be passed on by both parents.

White Fox in Þórsmörk

White Fox in Þórsmörk

A beautiful arctic fox with a bright white fur to camouflage itself during the winter season.

Réttir

Réttir

In September all the relatives and friends of the Icelandic sheep farmers gather to herd all the sheep down from the mountains to keep them safe from the Icelandic winter conditions.

Seals in the West Fjords

Seals in the West Fjords

There are a number of areas in Iceland where you can very easily spot seals sunbathing along the shore. The West Fjords has one of the areas where you can get closest to them.

Puffin Portrait

Puffin Portrait

This lovely portrait of a puffin, during sunset, was taken at the impressive Látrabjarg cliffs in the Westfjords.

Orcas

Orcas

A small pod of orcas travelling and feeding with a newborn calf sticking out its head. These animals are actually the biggest dolphin species but because of their size, they are often referred to as whales.

Facing Off Against The Wind

Facing Off Against The Wind

Iceland can be a ridiculously windy place. Fortunately these tough Icelandic horses are just built for these conditions.

Brown Arctic Fox

Brown Arctic Fox

This curious little animal roams all over the Hornstrandir region in the Icelandic West Fjords. They’re not shy in that area and tend to come up really close to you.

Seals at Hvítserkur

Seals at Hvítserkur

One of the biggest seal colonies in Iceland resides near the majestic rock formation of Hvítserkur on the Vatnsnes peninsula.

Puffins at Látrabjarg

Puffins at Látrabjarg

The puffins at Látrabjarg (West Fjords) sit so close to the path along the cliffs that you can almost touch them. It’s a brilliant experience that you don’t want to miss out on if you pass through to the West Fjords.

Birdlife in Iceland

Birdlife in Iceland

The Icelandic birdlife is plenty during Summer. Not all of them are shy. Some stay close enough to be photographed with "normal" lenses.

Wild Swans

Wild Swans

These wild swans caught my eye while travelling in the northern part of Iceland during the setting sun. I love how the silhouettes were clearly visible thanks to the reflecting ocean water.

Arctic Fox

Arctic Fox

A beautiful arctic fox with a bright white fur to camouflage itself during the winter season.

Hungry Fox

Hungry Fox

A hungry little brown fox in the area of Þórsmörk, Iceland.