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
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
A lonely hunter’s cabin located on an island between Heimaey and Eyjafjallajökull.
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.
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
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 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
Landmannalaugar shows its hidden mountains of gold when the sun starts setting. Have you been there before or maybe even hiked Laugavegur?
The cliffs at Látrabjarg in the West Fjords are a sight to behold. This is the western most point of Iceland and Europe.
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, a waterfall, on the road to Kerlingarfjöll in the Highlands.
One of the most impressive cliff sides of the Reykjanes peninsula. During summer time there is a lot of birdlife to be seen there.
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.
A beautiful blue ice cave underneath Breiðamerkurjökull, a glacier tongue of Vatnajökull.
Another shot at the diamond beach. The retreating waves form interesting lines around the ice blocks in this long exposure shot.
The road into Landmannalaugar is one that takes you through a massive volcanically formed landscape.
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.
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
Kerlingarfjöll is a geothermal active mountain range in the highlands. The otherworldly colours are just mesmerising. Can you spot the hikers?⠀
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.
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.
A long exposure capture of this majestic mountain called Lómagnúpur. The odd shape of this mountain has always intrigued me.
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 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.
This beautiful mountain, next to the Markarfljót river in Þórsmörk, is called Einhyrningur or unicorn. Can you see its horn?
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.
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
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 is located on the way to Þórsmörk and is part of Eyjafjallajökull. This part of the glacier disappeared almost entirely after the 2010 eruption.
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
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.
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 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.
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.
A beautiful reflection of the area around Svínafellsjökull in the southern part of Iceland.
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
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!
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
The local birdlife flying over the ice during sunrise at the lagoon. I wonder if anyone could ever get bored of colours like these?⠀
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 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.
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.
A long exposure landscape capture at the Þingvellir lake along the famous Golden Circle.
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.
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.
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.
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.
These beautiful sunrays (or sólstafir) are a pleasant side effect when it is incredibly windy in Iceland.
Spring arriving at the beautiful Stakkholtsgjá canyon in Þórsmörk.
Lómagnúpur is one of my favourite mountains in the south. It's located right next to the Ring Road.
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
A late summer sunset in Hraundalur. The reflection combined with the fluffy pink clouds are just beyond amazing.
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.
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.
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.
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!
The beautiful pyramid-shaped mountain Kirkjufell during sunset. In the front you see a part of the nearby Kirkjufellsfoss waterfall.