You really can’t talk about Iceland without talking about all the glaciers. In Iceland you get the unique opportunity to explore so many different aspects of the massive ice sheets scattered around the country. You can go explore them underneath, walk on top of them and so much more. This gallery also explores the remnants and influence of glaciers – like you can witness at, for example, the Diamond Beach and ice lagoon.
Sunrise Ice Cave
My first time experiencing a sunrise inside a glacier. The yellow glow is coming from the low winter sun that is slowly creeping inside the cave.
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.
Sunrise at the Lagoon
The local birdlife flying over the ice during sunrise at the lagoon. I wonder if anyone could ever get bored of colours like these?⠀
I can sometimes spend hours at a time looking at glacier ice. I always try to find shapes and figures that I like. This one kind of looks like a figure guarding the ice.
A beautiful blue ice cave underneath Breiðamerkurjökull, a glacier tongue of Vatnajökull.
Another shot of a crystal clear ice block on the black beach by Jökulsárlón. The whole scene is blue because it was before sunrise and it was only lit by a small amount of moonlight.
Wall of Ice
This glacier, called Breiðamerkurjökull, is the origin of the icebergs in the ice lagoon. The ice breaks away from the glacier and then floats towards the Ring road and the ocean - creating what most people know as the Ice Lagoon.
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.
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?⠀
Blue & Gold
A clash between the blue glacier ice and the low winter sun. No Photoshop involved here - just Mother Nature at its finest!⠀
Another shot at the diamond beach. The retreating waves form interesting lines around the ice blocks in this long exposure shot.
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.
This beautiful combination of colours is created by the winter sun rising over Vatnajökull glacier. It's quite amazing to see the blue ice colour pink before your eyes.⠀
Diamond Long Exposure
Visiting the Diamond Beach near Jökulsárlón never disappoints. The ice is ever-changing and the dynamic of the water just stays interesting. Although you have to be careful not to get wet feet!
A quiet and serene morning at the beautiful ice lagoon. I don't know what I like more: a sunrise bursting with colours or a really quiet cold foggy morning like this.
Gígjökull is located on the way to Þórsmörk and is part of Eyjafjallajökull. This part of the glacier disappeared almost entirely after the 2010 eruption.
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.
One of the favorite places for many photographers. The black beach near Jökulsárlón looks like an otherworldly place.
Nothing quite beats chilling out in the sun on a glacier, wouldn't you say so?⠀
Black Beach Diamond
An ice block on the Jökulsárlón diamong beach during a winter sunset. This place is just beyond comparison.
You're not often alone at Jökulsárlón but on a cold windy day like this one, we were in luck. The frozen over lagoon in combination with the icebergs makes this such a surreal sight.
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.
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.
Svínafellsjökull is one of the more accessible glacier outlets of Vatnajökull glacier. It even houses some small ice caves every now and then. Do you think anyone's home?
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.
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.⠀
Lightroom Ice Cave 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!
The morning sun hitting the top of Vatnajökull glacier. This glacier outlet is the home of a less-known ice lagoon called Fjallsárlón. This lagoon is a bit different in the fact that there's no ocean water flowing in and out of the lagoon.
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.