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Iceland Map & Photos

I’m working on a map of Iceland showing a number of my better photographs. This should be particularly helpful for people planning a trip to this fabled and most-photographic island. It opens with what I consider to be my best/favourite landscape. What I find interesting from a tourism point-of-view, these landscapes are not entirely of the typical views we see of Iceland. For example, while we visited Geysir, Gullfoss, Seljalandsfoss and Skógafoss, none of these sights are in my “best/favourites”, partly due to weather, partly due to the number of tourists. They are shown in the “All Photos of Iceland” layer which you can toggle on further down the left panel of the map (when you open it in its own window using the [ ]  in the top right of the map below). If you are planning a trip to Iceland, let me know and I may be able to help with some questions you have.

I’ve visited Iceland on two occasions: June 2016 and March 2017 – very different times of year and very different photo ops. During both trips, we spent sometime in Reykjavik. In June we were on the Snæfellsnes peninsula, the Golden Circle, Landmannalaugar, and the south coast as far east as Jökulsárlón glacial lagoon. In March, we rented a small car and spent most of our time in the north around Akureyri, east to Þingeyrar then south to Þingvellir and Laugarvatn.

Enjoy and please share with others who might be interested in Iceland and/or photography. Feel free to comment and ad questions below.

A few more from Iceland

For last few days and for two more, we’re staying on a farm about 10 minutes outside of Akureyri, in Iceland’s north. It’s snowing right now and we’ve had snow off and on over the last few days. Not a lot, but road conditions yesterday morning were a bit dicey. However, when the weather cleared, we had beautiful sunshine and more spectacular scenery of dramatic mountains, blue ocean, white snow and puffy clouds.

We drove up the coast of Eyjafjörður from Akureyri through Dalvik and three tunnels (one of which was a single lane for 3km!) to the northern village of Siglufjörður. If you watched “Trapped” – an Icelandic mini-series on Netflix – this was the town the story was based on and partially filmed in – a beautiful location surrounded by mountains and the sea. But the most dramatic scenery yesterday was just outside of Ólafsfjörður. Just off the point a brewing snow squall was lit by the afternoon sun.

We ended the day photographing a farm just south of Dalvik. The problem in Iceland is that the roads have no shoulders (and no guard rails except on a few, very few, choice curves!). In other words, there is no where to stop the car to photograph the great scenery except at farm lanes (they don’t like that!), pull-offs and picnic areas. The picnic areas are scattered along the road, some well-placed or photographers, others less so. A few hundred metres up the road from the farm there was a picnic stop – snowed in at the is time of year, but accessible, thank goodness. It was worth the trek back down the road to capture this beautiful view. It sums up the kind of day we had.

We went aback to Akureyri for dinner. Eating out is expensive in Iceland: fish and chips for two plus a couple of pints totalled about $75. Understandably, most of our meals we make ourselves, easy breakfasts of muesli and skyr (Iceland “yoghurt-like” milk product), sandwiches for lunch and dinners back at our AirBnB.

We ended the day the best way possible – soaking in hot pool. Each village and town has outdoor public pools, heated with geothermal heat. Each complex typically has a gym attached plus at lest one lane-swimming pool and at least two, often three of four, hot pools of varying degrees of warmth. This pool, near our AirBnB, is set in a valley surrounded by beautiful mountains, so sitting outside in a not pool at -2°C surrounded by the evening light with these great views was a real treat.

Here are more photos from the day…


The end of winter?

I thought the photos I’ve included below might be the last of winter, but then Ontario received another 25cm of snow! I guess now is not the time to go on about how much I enjoy the snow, especially because I’m down here in Naples, Florida in 30°C heat!

March Break has given me the time to finally get at posting some more recent work. Laurie and I spent a wonderful long weekend in February cross-country skiing up in the Meaford-Kimberley area of the Beaver Valley. It was a truly beautiful weekend with light snow squalls mixed with sunshine and not too cold (nor too warm) for comfortable skiing and photography.

As well, it’s a chance to reflect on a very successful evening presentation at GRIPS in Kitchener. I got the feeling GRIPS is a warm and welcoming club with excellent photographers – a feeling that was confirmed when I learned it has had to cap its membership at 150 and there’s a waiting list. Wow! Great stuff!!

I presented “My Own Backyard” concentrating first on photographs made, literally, in my own backyard, then branching out to the Arboretum at the University of Guelph (just 5min away) then projects I’m working on within an hour’s drive of our home in Guelph: Landscapes of Wellington County, the Niagara Escarpment and Grand River Country. My main message was when travelling in various locations around the world I can remember lamenting the fact that I just couldn’t always be in the right place at the right time to capture the quintessential photograph. Well, people travel from all over the world to southern Ontario and this is a place where I can be in the right place at the right time. There is so much to see and photograph just in this area yet we often don’t give it second thought, but we should!

Here are a few photographs to remind us all that, yes, winter is beautiful, and, yes, Ontario is too!