Basalt, Geothermal, Glacier, Ice Cave, Lake, Mountain, River, Waterfall
Sometimes, compared to landscape photography, it's worth your while to look closer at things. In this gallery, I made a selection of (abstract) close-ups and photographs that only show a tiny piece of a really big display (like for example the Northern Lights).
A close-up of the incredible blue ice you can see inside of an ice cave. This was shot inside the Vatnajökull glacier, considered to be the biggest European glacier.
've travelled so much around Iceland and I still keep finding new and interesting places. This photograph was taken at a place called Hljóðaklettar. It's signature are these beautiful formations made entirely out of basalt columns. Combine that with the orange, yellow and red autumn colours and you get pure magic!
One of the amazing things about geothermal areas is that, when the ground is filled with different minerals, the colors become so vivid and different. This is a close-up of one of the mountainsides at Kerlingarfjöll.
In the Icelandic highlands you can find this really surreal scenery everywhere. Black ash covered mountainsides combined with lush green moss and a little bit of fog on top of that for that extra drama.
Pink Cloud Diamond
An ice block on the Jökulsárlón diamong beach during a winter sunset. This place is just beyond comparison.
Above The Clouds
A peak of one of the mountains, in the Borgarfjörður-Eystri area, sticking out above the clouds.
Layers of Ice
Using a zoom lens you can pull all the layers in your shot into one plane. This was taken at the Ice Lagoon, showing off all the different colours of the ice - during sunset.
Blue & Gold
A clash between the blue glacier ice and the low winter sun. No Photoshop involved here - just Mother Nature at its finest!⠀
Mud Pool Rings
When you stumble across a boiling mud pool in a geothermal area, you can often find these weird mud rings.
Sometimes you just need to let Mother Nature do its thing. This long exposure close-up of Gullfoss is just the water painting the capture.
This shot is one I took at Hreðavatn, near Bifröst. When there's lots of oxygen in the ice you get these kind of bubbles and patterns.
One of the most amazing things about a really cold winter in Iceland is that some waterfalls completely freeze over. This close-up is a part of Stjórnarfoss near Kirkjubæjarklaustur.⠀
A wall of basalt columns in North Iceland. It’s the signature of the enormous canyon I took this photograph in.
This is a long exposure close-up of the biggest European waterfall, called Dettifoss. It's hard to take photos there nowadays without hundreds of people in your shot so I decided to experiment a bit.
The bluest water you can find in Iceland, I think, is in the river Brúará. The river contains fresh glacier water.
This was taken at Urriðafoss - a waterfall most people skip when driving along the Ring Road. I love the layers and the shapes of the ice in the river and on the waterfall. The yellow glow is coming from the first sun rays of the day hitting the ice.
Dalalæða means fog in the fjord. You can't see on this close-up but the cloud covered the whole fjord beneath but when you're up above, the scenery is just amazing!
The mud inside geothermal mud pools can be quite mesmerising to look at. The thick but fluid mud forms the weirdest shapes while it's boiling.
Golden Glacier Glow
The golden glow of a winter sunset hitting the edges of the blue ice at Svínafellsjökull. I really love the contrast between the sunlight and the ice.
This tiny stream near Hvítserkur, North Iceland, was so beautifully frozen that I couldn't not photograph it. I love how the ice is seemingly trying to take the grass into its grasp.
The top layer of a glacier, when not covered in snow, is interesting. Not only for the blue colors but also for the layers of dirt (or ash in this case). They can shape up to very interesting patterns from different angles.
A zoomed-in shot when looking further up the glacier at Svínafellsjökull, South Iceland. The small cloud veiling part of the glacier really did the trick for me here.
A tiny waterfall near Hvítserkur, North Iceland. I really like the combination of the red rocks and the dripping icicles at this place.