Iceland

Images from the 2012 photography tour to Iceland

Iceland photography tour – Strokkur geyser and Gullfoss waterfall

Posted by on 27. June 2012 in Blog / Journal, Iceland | Comments Off on Iceland photography tour – Strokkur geyser and Gullfoss waterfall

Iceland photography tour – Strokkur geyser and Gullfoss waterfall

The second day of the tour to Iceland was filled with great photography opportunities just a short drive from Reykjavik. Tim took us to the Þingvellir National Park on Reykjanes peninsula, a remarkable geological site with a rift valley that separates the Eurasian and North American plates. This geological formation is part of the Mid-Atlantic Ridge, a tectonic plate boundary along the floor of the Atlantic ocean that forms the longest mountain range in the world. The two tectonic plates still separate from each other at a rate of 2.5 cm per year, a constant source of earthquakes and active volcanoes. The next stop was in the Haukadalur geothermal area in southwest Iceland, with hot springs and the famous Great Geysir which has given name to hot springs all over the world. We had a chance to visit and photograph the second most famous geyser in Iceland, the Strokkur geyser. Strokkur erupts reliably every 5 to 10 minutes, shooting hot water and an occasional rock to heights of up to 40 metres. It was a great fun to wait for the next eruption to happen and capture the peak of the action. There were many bubbling hot mud pools and steam vents worth photographing. However, we had to continue our journey and drive to the Gullfoss waterfall, one of the most impressive waterfalls in Europe. Sheer size of the waterfall and proximity to Reykjavik make Gullfoss a well-visited tourist attraction. Just above the waterfall, Hvitá River makes a sharp turn and cascades over two tall ledges. Rushing river drops over the third ledge into a 30 metre deep canyon, temporary vanishing from sight. We were on location in late afternoon with sun behind our backs, in perfect position to photograph rainbows forming in clouds of water droplets above the falls. The Þingvellir National Park, hot geysers of the Haukadalur geothermal area and the Gullfoss waterfall form the Golden Circle, a popular day-tour destination for visitors to...

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Iceland photography tour – Reykjavik

Posted by on 20. June 2012 in Blog / Journal, Iceland | 1 comment

Iceland photography tour – Reykjavik

I just returned from a two-week photography trip with a group of friends to Iceland. The tour was led by photographer and guide Tim Vollmer. It was an incredible experience and I will share a few photo moments from the trip in upcoming posts. Tim is a great guy, accomplished photographer and an excellent tour guide. The first day we had a brief introduction to Reykjavik and it’s main attractions. We were housed at the Sunna Guesthouse, 10 minutes walk from the city centre. From the balcony of  my room I could see the imposing tower of the Hallgrimskirkja Cathedral. At 74.5 m, the Lutheran parish church is the largest church in Iceland and city’s best-known landmark. The church is visible throughout the city and never had a problem finding our way home. You can take a short elevator ride to the top, for a sweeping view of the city and nearby mountains. The church was designed to resemble the basalt lava flows so characteristic of Icelandic landscapes. The basalt lava flow in architecture appears to be a  common theme. Tim took us inside the new Harpa Concert Hall on the waterfront. There were many photographic opportunities inside the building. What attracted my attention was the exterior. I photographer one of the exterior walls looking up against the midnight sky. The faceted glass-covered facade radiated with a gentle glow of the setting sun. Yes, the sun is setting in Reykjavik around 11:30 pm in mid June, a very interesting experience. As the sunrise was slightly after 2 am it really never got dark at night. Not far from the Concert Hall is another Reykjavik attraction worth visiting when the sun is low on the horizon. The Solfar (Sun Voyager) sculpture is made of reflective stainless steel resembling a ship. It is believed that the intention of the sculptor Jon Gunnar’s was to make the sculpture as an imaginary vessel that transports souls to the realm of death. Nevertheless, my first impression, like thousands of passing tourists, is that the sculpture is an interpretation of a Viking ship from Icelandic...

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There is life on Mars

Posted by on 15. June 2012 in Blog / Journal, Iceland | 1 comment

There is life on Mars

I have spent the last few days on Mars photographing strange geological formations. While exploring the rock deserts of the Red Planet, I noticed footprints in sand left behind by a large bipedal creature. Although I have a definitive proof that there is life on Mars, I could not find any indication whether this was a sign of the presence of an intelligent life...

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