Our first stop along the Snaefellsness Peninsula.
When we last visited the Black Church at Budir it was very wet and windy. We could not see any mountains and wouldn't have dared venture to the beach. It was a peaceful location to find a small golden sand beach among the volcanic rocks and to enjoy a little toe dipping in the northern seas.
Processed with VSCO with A9 preset from the X-T2 while on Instagram Live.
Plenty of gulls swooping around the cliffs near one of Iceland's most famous houses.
We timed it just right to land here as the sun sliced up the crashing waves with golden light.
Some of this crazy rock veins from the volcanoes which dominate and create this land.
The incredible Ingjaldshólskirkja Church sits at the end of a beautiful straight rising road with a stunning mountain backdrop. We abandoned the car a couple of times to get a shot of this place.
You need to always have the camera ready driving around Iceland. So many amazing views are had from the car window. Get the shutter speed set high and shoot away and the passing wonders.
The last time I was here in Nov 2016 we have to get mentally prepared for the wind and rain. Run around the back of the waterfall and grab a quick photo with the Kirkjufell barely visible through the dense fog. What a difference a few months make. Time to wander around the whole are and make the most of the amazing ice patterns and this iconic mountain with a beautiful glow from the setting sun.
OK, definitely one of my favourite images from the whole trip. These Icelandic horses came to see the crowds near to Kirkjufell just after sunset. These images are shot at high shutter speed and still incredibly beautiful thanks to those Fuji JPG engines and the VSCOcam edits.
They are fairly lively despite their pretty looks.
Not really sure what this means but it was quite a display of something.
Constantly hoping cameras are actually edible I guess.
We were out for 2-3 hours shooting the northern lights over Kirkjufell. This was the early signs of the lights which exploded later on right around the mountain. Day 1 ended on a real high with all kinds of strangers being compelled to just shout with wonder as the lights danced in the sky.
Because we wanted to cram in some new and familiar sights over 2.5 days we were on the road a lot. Not that that's really a bad thing in Iceland. I mean just think about these views and no traffic.
The drive on the morning of Day 2 took us through the heart of the Snaefellsness Peninsula. Taking in amazing mountain landscapes with a subtle orange sky from the car window.
A first visit to the might Gullfoss. Unfortunately a couple of parts were closed off which would have allowed more exploration but still a wonder to behold.
Listening to podcasts and things while taking in the landscape.
This incredible waterfall had covered everything in ice from it's spray which made a little venture around the back of it interesting with ice crashing around the water and the path from high above.
It's such a special place however to make it around the back of such a powerful waterfall.
The views from Dyrhólaey are unbelievable. First recommended to us by Chris Burkard who we bumped into on our previous trip to Iceland.
The wind and waves were ferocious on the coast. I wanted to capture the incredible power of their movement and used some handheld longer exposures to zoom in as the waves crashed.
Another of my favourite images from the trip. I was struggling to capture the coastline in a way I felt might be new to me. This effect suddenly grabbed my imagination.
When the waves really hit and jumped over the rocks it was a moment to stand in awe (and a little bit of fear).
Freezing the huge waves alongside the longer exposures helps contrast the size and scale of the movement here.
As the sun set the sky turned deep blue and moon finally broke through.
Motion in the grass and the sea.
Day 3 we were up to take the long drive out to Jokularlon Ice Lagoon passing a few wonders along the way.
Hard to resist taking more shots no matter how many you already have.
Perfect moody conditions at Skogafoss on Day 3.
I think they have the best view of the waterfall from right down in the falls.
Seeing Fjaðrárgljúfur in the snow and mist was a special moment. Game of Thrones for days.
A short road stop for another amazing little scene on route.
Testing out the XF50-140mm zoom to get this unfolding scene of the cliff in the mist.
More scenes as we passed by some of the highest peaks in Iceland along the south coast.
A chance find on route, the most incredible blues of the glacier ice.
At last we made it to Jokulsarlon just in time for some beautiful golden light and still waters. Also saw a couple of cheeky seals.
This may be my favourite spot in the whole of Iceland. It's not for the photos it's just for the sense of peace and scale. Time stops when you realise what you are seeing here.
A really long final day came to an end at Jokulsarlon. Plenty of time on the return leg of the drive to edit my images for the day via VSCOCam.