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

4x4, On Foot, Trail Running

Exploring nature can be done in so many ways. Hiking, driving, ... These are but some of many ways to go about. This gallery contains a selection of photographs featuring vehicles and people in the awe-inspiring landscape.

Driving Into Þórsmörk

Driving Into Þórsmörk

When driving into Þórsmörk you will need to cross many rivers. Not every one is quite as spectacular as this one though. It makes me feel like a kid getting a new toy when I get to drive through these.

Gýjarfoss Near Kerlingarfjöll

Gýjarfoss Near Kerlingarfjöll

Me enjoying the view on Gýjarfoss, a waterfall located on the way to Kerlingarfjöll.

Northern Lights in Þórsmörk

Northern Lights in Þórsmörk

Taken during one of the most amazing Aurora Borealis displays I've witnessed so far. The Northern Lights lasted from around 10.30pm until 4 in the morning without losing strength during that time.

Fjallabaksleið

Fjallabaksleið

The volcanic landscape of the Fjallabak North route in the Southern Highlands. This is just one of many craters you can see along the way.

Ice Cave

Ice Cave

A beautiful blue ice cave underneath Breiðamerkurjökull, a glacier tongue of Vatnajökull.

Foggy Fjallabak

Foggy Fjallabak

A lot of foggy days this summer. Fortunately that doesn't have to mean that the scenery is less impressive, sometimes it can just add that extra bit of mystery to a capture.

Látrabjarg

Látrabjarg

The cliffs at Látrabjarg in the West Fjords are a sight to behold. This is the western most point of Iceland and Europe.

Exploring the Night

Exploring the Night

It's always fun and exciting to go out and explore the night in search for some Northern Lights activity.

Stakkholtsgjá

Stakkholtsgjá

Enjoying the view over Stakkholtsgjá canyon in the Þórsmörk area on one of the first days of spring.

Winter Driving

Winter Driving

Driving a 4x4 into the highlands is such a great experience. This one was shot on the way to the Volcano Huts in Þórsmörk. The mountain in the back is Eyjafjallajökull - infamous for the 2010 eruption.

Gýjarfoss

Gýjarfoss

Gýjarfoss, a waterfall, on the road to Kerlingarfjöll in the Highlands.

Dynjandi Spectator

Dynjandi Spectator

The mighty Fjallfoss, or better known to the public as Dynjandi, towering above its spectator. This gem is located in the West Fjords and is by itself the reason why you should consider a detour on your Ring Road travels. Sure, it takes a bit of time but this one just takes your breath away.

Land Cruiser Aurora

Land Cruiser Aurora

The Northern Lights near Kjós, Iceland. I spent almost 4 hours at that same spot, watching one of the biggest and most amazing Northern Lights I've seen to date. The perfect place to park your car and enjoy!

Exploring Dyrhólaey

Exploring Dyrhólaey

Captured this self-portrait at a cave close to Dyrhólaey, South Iceland. The cave can be found along the road to the cape.

Underneath the Ice

Underneath the Ice

Underneath a glacier, looking up at that beautiful crystal blue ceiling. Just knowing that a few hundreds of thousand tons of frozen water could crush you in a heartbeat, that's when you realise just how tiny we all are compared to Mother Nature.

Þingvallavatn

Þingvallavatn

Shot near the most southern point of lake Þingvallavatn, we were lucky enough to get a sunlight-reflecting satellite in the shot. On the photograph it kind of looks like a comet - which made the whole shot all the more special to me.

Bláhnúkur

Bláhnúkur

A selfie taken on top of Bláhnúkur, the mountain located right next to Landmannalaugar. The view from up there is incredibly stunning - even on cloudy days like this one.

Reykjanesviti Aurora

Reykjanesviti Aurora

This was taken at the coastline near Reykjanesviti - you might recognise the small island in the back.

Lonely Winter Night

Lonely Winter Night

Sometimes waiting for the Northern Lights to appear can be very tedious. This was taken at Jökulsárlón during one of those nights. The huge ice sheet on the lagoon broke lose just moments before I took this shot.

Hlauptungufoss

Hlauptungufoss

Hlauptungufoss is one of the lesser known waterfalls close to Brúarárfoss. It's quite hard to find if you decide not to walk the long way to Brúarárfoss.

Þórsmörk Aurora

Þórsmörk Aurora

One of the best places to see the Northern Lights must be Þórsmörk. It's hidden away in the highlands, far away from any kind of light pollution.

Grótta Sunset

Grótta Sunset

A winter sunset close to the Grótta lighthouse in Seltjarnarnes, Reykjavík. This beach is a great place to visit for a short walk close to the city.

Berserkjahraun

Berserkjahraun

On the North side of Snæfellsnes peninsula you can find a beautiful lava field, called Berserkjahraun. Very rarely do I encounter other people there, even though the detour through the lava field is so much more interesting than the normal road.

Northern Lights Over DC-3 Wreck

Northern Lights Over DC-3 Wreck

The Northern Lights over the DC-3 wreck in Iceland. This was the absolute first time I ever saw the Northern Lights. I will never forget that moment.

Fjallabak Nyrðra

Fjallabak Nyrðra

The area leading you from Landmannalaugar to Eldgjá is called Fjallabak Nyrðra. This amazing part of the highlands is known for its lush green mountains and scenic 4x4 road. Can you spot the Land Cruiser?

Exploring Gígjökull

Exploring Gígjökull

One area that I will never get bored of must be Þórsmörk - it contains so many different aspects. This glacier tongue, called Gígjökull, is part of Eyjafjallajökull and almost vanished after the 2010 eruption. Almost all of the meltwater came down this part of the mountain.

Gunnuhver

Gunnuhver

A shot right after sunset at Gunnuhver, one of the geothermal areas on Reykjanes Peninsula. In the back you can see Reykjanesviti, the lighthouse close to this geothermal spring.

Lightroom Ice Cave

Lightroom Ice Cave

In December 2017 I was exploring an ice cave in Breiðamerkurjökull, part of the biggest European glacier. This massive hole in the crystal blue ceiling shows off how thick the glacier is above the cave. Impressive, isn't it?⠀

Kerlingarfjöll Hikers

Kerlingarfjöll Hikers

Kerlingarfjöll is a geothermal active mountain range in the highlands. The otherworldly colours are just mesmerising. Can you spot the hikers?⠀

Geothermal Gem

Geothermal Gem

This geothermal gem is hidden away in the Icelandic highlands and is by far one of my favorite areas in Iceland. The colors of the mountain sides, combined with the smoky and snowy mountains makes this one of Iceland's most beautiful geothermal areas.

Waterfall Ice Cave

Waterfall Ice Cave

A hidden ice cave beneath Breiðamerkurjökull, close to Jökulsárlón. This place was just stunning. The combination of the glacial river flowing through this blue-capped cave made a surreal surrounding.

To Landmannalaugar

To Landmannalaugar

The road leading to Landmannalaugar is where men turn into little children again. This road is so much fun to drive!

Lightroom Selfie

Lightroom Selfie

I just couldn't resist taking a selfie in this ice cave. It's called the Lightroom Ice Cave because of all the long and deep shafts in the glacier that provide light down in the darkness. This cave is about 300 metres deep!

Kerlingarfjöll

Kerlingarfjöll

Aside from the smell, this is a pretty awesome place to walk around. Geothermal areas are one of my favorite things to explore in Iceland.

Driving to Þórsmörk

Driving to Þórsmörk

There's no denying that the drive into the Þórsmörk valley is one of the most fun you can undertake in Iceland - if you know what you're up to. This is just one of many river crossings on the way there.

Svínafellsjökull Sunset

Svínafellsjökull Sunset

Taken during one of my photo tours along the south coast of Iceland. This is just one of many snapshots taken during that trip. The weather was exceptionally good (although cold) for the whole time. This shot was taken at Svínafellsjökull during the beginning of sunset.⠀

Landmannalaugar Sunset

Landmannalaugar Sunset

The sunset during late Summer can be colored in the most amazing ways. This photo was taken in Landmannalaugar, at the base of the lava field.

Winter Driving in Þórsmörk

Winter Driving in Þórsmörk

My trusty steed, a Land Rover Super Defender, when traversing the highlands during winter. This was taken on the way out of the Þórsmörk area.⠀

4x4 Exploration

4x4 Exploration

Exploring the black sandy plains near Landmannalaugar with a Land Rover Defender.

Wall of Ice

Wall of Ice

What do you think is behind this towering wall of ice?

Trail Running

Trail Running

A promotional photo taken for the yearly Volcano Trail Run in Þórsmörk.

Alone

Alone

Shot somewhere between Þingvellir and Laugarvatn, along the Golden Circle. This heath is just incredible when the snow and ice starts to slowly fade away. The moody weather just adds to this photo