Iceland is a landscape photographer’s dream. The variety and beauty of the landscapes is astounding. In the following I present some of my images from my last visit in 2012.
Unfortunately, since then tourism in Iceland has increased by a staggering amount. Some of the locations that are easy to reach are overcrowded nowadays. There are even environmental issues due to the amount of tourists. As a consequence, I currently have no plans to return to this beautiful country.
Reykjanes, Golden Circle and Landmannalaugar
In the Icelandic south-west many visitors follow the so-called Golden Circle, featuring Þingvellir, Gullfoss and Geysir. Also the landscape at Landmannalaugar is a major attraction with colorful landscape formed by volcanic eruptions and erosion.
Along the Southern Shore (Waterfalls and Glaciers)
Following the ring road you encounter two beautiful – and highly frequented – waterfalls before arriving at Vík, the southernmost point of Iceland. Moving east along the shore you reach the glaciers near Skaftafell and the glacier lagoon Jökulsarlón.
The first two images of the following were created on a hike where we were totally alone – which has become more rare in Iceland than one would like. Further east you encounter the eastern Fjords and may pay a visit to Hengifoss, a waterfall with beautiful rock formations.
Northern Iceland (Dettifoss, Mývatn Area, Goðafoss and more)
The northern part of Iceland is full of attractions, the large waterfalls of the Jökulsá á Fjöllum, the Mývatn area, Goðafoss and more.
The Snæfellsnes peninsula to the west is worth visiting as well and features the volcano Snæfellsjökull that is covered by a glacier. Unfortunately the ice is receding very quickly – I noticed a significant difference with respect to my visit 15 years before.
Kirkjufellsfoss is a relatively small waterfall that in recent years has been photographed a lot. During my visit in 2012 it was not at all as popular as it is today. I was totally alone.