First, if you have not visited Iceland, you must go. My friend, Mark Alberhasky, had been after me for a couple of years to visit and now, I finally understand! Great people, great food, and spectacular scenery, what could be more motivating? For my next visit, I think I would rent a car and stay at the wonderful B&B type lodges scattered along the highways, frequently in beautiful locations. I can see Mark smiling as I write this: Thanks, Mark and PhotoZoneTours for making it possible! I have been on a few terrific tours with Mark and fellow guide, Layne Kennedy; both fabulous photographers and teachers (note links to their respective websites), but this tour was one of the best... so far!
When I landed in Iceland at the Keflavik airport, it was pissing rain. I brooded on dark thoughts during the seemingly endless bus ride into Reykjavik, the capital city. Then it dawned on me that maybe the moody weather reflected something of the ambiance of Iceland; my outlook brightened and I found that this realization turned out to be a recurring theme. After a three hour nap in my comfortable hotel, I walked around Reykjavik, snapping photos an evening before the rest of the crowd arrived. A Russian four-masted schooner was in port and very interesting to see. The architecture in town stood out for some reason; Icelanders are not afraid of bright colors on their houses or places of business! Did I mention beer? Viking IPA, try it, you'll like it! Hungry, I found a seaside shack, which served a lovely lobster and fish stew. Sated, knowing the tour would be great (running out of superlatives!), I strolled back to the hotel for the night, but not without sampling some more Viking IPA. Jetlag is a funny thing.
The next morning, after a hearty breakfast (I love the European plan!), I again wandered around the city, this time with blue skies. Such was the Icelandic weather, clear as a bell one moment, cloudy and dark the next; it made for interesting photography. I have started a collection on my website with all of the Iceland photographs; I am still working on it, but you can check my progress here. The images are organized based on the tour's start to finish, so you might imagine how the trip progressed. One of my most favorite photographs is rather fine art-ish, but it shows the gentle features of the afternoon light at this high latitude; see below. Click on the images to see larger versions.
Nikon 1 v2, 10-100 zoom @ 71 mm, 1/100 sec, f/5.6, ISO 800
Nikon D850, Nikkor 16-35 zoom @ 35 mm, 8sec, f/16, ISO 64
|Waterfall at Foss Farm|
Nikon D850, Nikkor 28-300 zoom @ 250 mm, 1/4 sec, f/16, ISO 32
|Mt Stapafell Near Bárðar Snæfellsáss|
Nikon D850, Nikkor 16-35 zoom @ 35 mm, 1/1600 sec, f/4, ISO 200
|Basaltic Bastions of Iceland|
Nikon D850, Nikkor 16-35 zoom @ 24 mm, 1/1600 sec, f/5.6, ISO 400
|Sunset on the Kirkjufell|
Nikon D850, Nikkor 16-35 zoom @ 16 mm, 1/2 sec, f/11, ISO 64
|Night Falls on Grundarfjörður|
Nikon D850, Nikkor 16-35 zoom @ 35 mm, 8 sec, f/16, ISO 64