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

Surreal Landscapes in Iceland

Landscapes

One of my favourite things, within the field of photography, is capturing landscapes. It feels like a privilege to capture the vastness of the natural beauty on this planet.

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.

Sunset at Dyrhólaey

Sunset at Dyrhólaey

The estuary near Dyrhólaey in Iceland is worth a stop when the sun is setting and the tide is low. Often the whole estuary turns into one big mirror.

View from Heimaey

View from Heimaey

A lonely hunter’s cabin located on an island between Heimaey and Eyjafjallajökull.

Long Exposure at Kirkjufell

Long Exposure at Kirkjufell

Shot in March 2016, this has been one of my dream shots to take. It was shot right after sunset, when the colors were all purple because of the fading light.

Smoky Valley

Smoky Valley

A view down one of the valleys located in Kerlingarfjöll. The smoke and steam coming out of the mountains there adds so much mystery to photos taken of the surroundings.

Summer in Borgarfjörður-Eystri

Summer in Borgarfjörður-Eystri

Borgarfjörður-Eystri is one of those hidden gems in Iceland. Because it's quite far away from the Ring Road, when you're on a schedule, it's often skipped but worth your time nonetheless.

Djúpalónssandur

Djúpalónssandur

Djúpalónssandur is located on the south side of the Snæfellsnes peninsula in West Iceland. The beach can be quite dangerous because of the crashing waves but it's so spectacular to see.

Mountains of Gold

Mountains of Gold

Landmannalaugar shows its hidden mountains of gold when the sun starts setting. Have you been there before or maybe even hiked Laugavegur?

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.

Fjallabak Panorama

Fjallabak Panorama

This 6-shot panorama was made of the spectacular view you get when descending from Fjallabak Nyrðra. It's located right before you get to Eldgjá. From this point it's possible to see Vatnajökull and the ocean (both are further away than 50 kilometres).

Gýjarfoss

Gýjarfoss

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

Krýsuvikarbjarg

Krýsuvikarbjarg

One of the most impressive cliff sides of the Reykjanes peninsula. During summer time there is a lot of birdlife to be seen there.

Reykjanes Sunset

Reykjanes Sunset

This beautiful sunset is what you can experience when you visit Iceland during winter time. The sun is always very low to the horizon, making every sunset both colour and long-lasting.

Ice Cave

Ice Cave

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

Diamond Beach

Diamond Beach

Another shot at the diamond beach. The retreating waves form interesting lines around the ice blocks in this long exposure shot.

Landmannaleið

Landmannaleið

The road into Landmannalaugar is one that takes you through a massive volcanically formed landscape.

Sunrise Ice Cave

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.

Fjaðrárgljúfur Sunrise

Fjaðrárgljúfur Sunrise

This tongue-twister of a canyon is incredibly beautiful in its winter jacket. It's featured in one of Justin Bieber's clips.⠀

Hikers in Kerlingarfjöll

Hikers in Kerlingarfjöll

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

First Snow

First Snow

One of the mountains in the Kerlingarfjöll mountain range with fresh snow. The Kjölur route through the highlands is a must-drive for anyone with a 4x4.

Gunnuhver Sunset

Gunnuhver Sunset

Sunset at Gunnuhver on Reykjanes Peninsula, Iceland. The lighthouse in the back is Reykjanesviti. This place is often missed by tourists but yet it's so close to the airport.

Moody Lómagnúpur

Moody Lómagnúpur

A long exposure capture of this majestic mountain called Lómagnúpur. The odd shape of this mountain has always intrigued me.

Skagafjörður Sunset

Skagafjörður Sunset

A late summer sunset in a swamp on Skagafjörður. I went in totally unprepared but the wet feet were worth the shots I was able to take. The sunset in late summer can be so fiery red that they don't look real.

Eyjafjallajökull Farm

Eyjafjallajökull Farm

Eyjafjallajökull is not only a ridiculous tongue twister for the foreign visitor of Iceland. It's also a beautiful glacier. This farm is located right at the base of the volcano and was one of the places that got covered in ash after the 2010 eruption.

Einhyrningur

Einhyrningur

This beautiful mountain, next to the Markarfljót river in Þórsmörk, is called Einhyrningur or unicorn. Can you see its horn?

Reynisdrangar Sunset

Reynisdrangar Sunset

A favourite in Iceland among travellers I think. Legend says that it's the leftovers of 2 trolls trying to drag a ship to shore. When dawn broke, they turned to stone forever.

Kirkjufell Aurora

Kirkjufell Aurora

The Aurora Borealis above the most-photographed mountain in the world, Kirkjufell. This cone-shaped mountain is located in West Iceland and is on many photographer's bucket list of photography.

Laugarvatn Veiled in Fog

Laugarvatn Veiled in Fog

On very cold days, like on the one I took this shot, the lake of Laugarvatn can be veiled in a low hanging fog. This was taken at -17 degrees.⠀

Gígjökull

Gígjökull

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.

Golden Circle

Golden Circle

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

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.

Highland Light

Highland Light

The highlands in Iceland are a very special place. One of the things that will never cease to amaze me is how special the light can be there. Extremely dark clouds combined with bright sunlight are not an exception.

Hvítserkur

Hvítserkur

Hvítserkur is a rock formation in North Iceland. It kinda looks like an elephant standing in the ocean. Closeby you can also find the largest seal colony in Iceland.

Alone

Alone

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.

Reflection

Reflection

A beautiful reflection of the area around Svínafellsjökull in the southern part of Iceland.

Dyrhólaey Long Exposure

Dyrhólaey Long Exposure

A classic shot at Dyrhólaey. The view from Dyrhólaey onto Reynisfjara and Reynisdrangar in the back has probably been photographed thousands of times but every day it looks and feels different.

Diamond Beach Long Exposure

Diamond Beach 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!

Kerlingarfjöll Panorama

Kerlingarfjöll Panorama

This beautiful mountain range can be seen from the Kjölur highland route, one of the two roads that completely crosses the Icelandic highlands.

Sunrise at the Lagoon

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?⠀

Storm

Storm

This pretty much summarises the variety of weather in Iceland: a very small glimpse of blue sky, a rainbow, lots of wind, rain, clouds, … The weather never really makes up its mind here.

Lómagnúpur

Lómagnúpur

Lómagnúpur is the last mountain you drive by before entering a barren wasteland until you reach Skaftafell. This iconic mountain sometimes reminds me of the Grand Canyon in the US.

Námafjall

Námafjall

This amazing geothermal area is located close to the Mývatn lake in the northern part of Iceland. Notice the two hikers in the top left for scale.

Þingvellir Sunrise

Þingvellir Sunrise

A long exposure landscape capture at the Þingvellir lake along the famous Golden Circle.

Dalalæða

Dalalæða

Dalalæða means fog in the fjord. This, together with the windless conditions, makes for special circumstances. The fjord turns into a mirror and the faint fog above it adds a mysterious layer to the setting.

Reynisdrangar

Reynisdrangar

Stormy and dark days don't always make for good photos but when you find shelter the dark setting can be just as nice as colorful days.

Landmannalaugar

Landmannalaugar

A small river flowing next to the lava field at Landmannalaugar. The colors of the mountains there can go from green, yellow to even red. There are lots of minerals in the rocks at Landmannalaugar.

Smoky Silhouette

Smoky Silhouette

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.

Sólstafir

Sólstafir

These beautiful sunrays (or sólstafir) are a pleasant side effect when it is incredibly windy in Iceland.

Stakkholtsgjá

Stakkholtsgjá

Spring arriving at the beautiful Stakkholtsgjá canyon in Þórsmörk.

Lómagnúpur Wide-Angle

Lómagnúpur Wide-Angle

Lómagnúpur is one of my favourite mountains in the south. It's located right next to the Ring Road.

Winter at Tungnaá

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.

Late Summer Sunset

Late Summer Sunset

A late summer sunset in Hraundalur. The reflection combined with the fluffy pink clouds are just beyond amazing.

Hraundalur Halo

Hraundalur Halo

A typical sunrise during winter time on a good day. The low sun creeps in over the snowy mountains, creating a beautiful golden halo in this photograph.

Urriðafoss Sunrise

Urriðafoss Sunrise

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.

Reykjanesviti

Reykjanesviti

The sea stacks near Reykjanesviti. Nowadays you can't go up where the spectators are in the photos. The whole cliff is about to collapse into the ocean.

Turf House

Turf House

One of the many turf houses around in Iceland. It's only a century ago that some Icelanders in remote regions were still living in houses like these. Time flies!

Kirkjufell Sunset

Kirkjufell Sunset

The beautiful pyramid-shaped mountain Kirkjufell during sunset. In the front you see a part of the nearby Kirkjufellsfoss waterfall.