June 19, 2014
I have to say that after spending only a week in Iceland, the country lives up to its reputation as one of the world’s great photography destinations. We spent the week exploring the south coast along the Ring Road from Reykjavik to just past Hofn in the southeast. It was a great time of year to be there. Close to the summer solstice, we had almost twenty-four hours of daylight and hours of “magic hour” light in the late evenings (when it wasn’t raining). The lupins were also at their peak bloom. I’d heard about Iceland’s lupins, but still wasn’t prepared for the extravagent display of flowers. From the time we landed at the airport, where lupins line the runway, we saw hectares and hectares of flowers blanketing the landscape everywhere. Icelandic weather lived up to it’s reputation too. It rained almost everyday, but there always seemed to be a window of light, however brief. For the most part, the waterfalls and flowers looked beautiful in the muted overcast light. My only disappointment was that on the morning we visited the black sand beach at Jökulsárlón glacial lagoon it started to pour rain and I had to abandon my photography and run for cover. Ah well, I’ll be back again someday. Images (clockwise from top left): Lupins near Hofn, Skogafoss waterfall, Fjallsárlón Glacier Lagoon, moonrise over sea stacks near Vik.