Iceland in Winter – 4. The South-East

The moon over the Vatnajökull lagoon. Nikon D750 (80-400.0 mm ƒ/4.5-5.6) 1/8" ƒ/5 ISO 800, Some Photoshop retouching

The moon over the Vatnajökull lagoon. Nikon D750 (80-400.0 mm ƒ/4.5-5.6) 1/8″ ƒ/5 ISO 800, Some Photoshop retouching

Road N1. “Ring Road” that takes from Vik to Höfn, crosses a land that has been “created” by subsequent eruptions and consequently by the floods that have followed those events. It results in a vast white desert that fills in between the rocks of the Hjörleifshöfði and the Hvannadalshnúkur and, from there, passing close to the Jökulsárlón lagoon (see the “Ice” post), to the Vestrahorn. Continue reading

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Iceland In Winter – 3. Ice

The ice cave entrance viewed from within. D810 24 mm (24.0 mm ƒ/1.4) 1/20" ƒ/4 ISO 800

The ice cave entrance viewed from within. D810 24 mm (24.0 mm ƒ/1.4) 1/20″ ƒ/4 ISO 800

Iceland is home to the second largest iced mass in Europe. It’ called Vatnajökull and it’s placed in the South, with its circumference  tangent to the coastline. In that spot, the  Vatnajökull’s outlet, called Breiðamerkurjökull, discharges the blocks of ice produced by the glacier into the Jökulsárlón lagoon from where they float free toward the Ocean. Continue reading

Iceland In Winter – 2. The South-West

The cliff overlooking the Black Sand Beach near Vik, Iceland. Nikon D810, 85 mm (85.0 ƒ/1.4) 1/100" ƒ/3.2 ISO 64

The cliff overlooking Black Sand Beach near Vik, Iceland. Nikon D810, 85 mm (85.0 ƒ/1.4) 1/100″ ƒ/3.2 ISO 64

Northern Light (Aurora Borealis) is a big attraction in the Icelandic winter, but it’s not so easy to catch. It depends on the intensity of the solar wind, the interaction between the interplanetary and the earth magnetic fields and – obviously – the  weather, all factors on which the human will has no influence whatsoever. Continue reading

Iceland In Winter – 1. The Golden Circle

Thingvellir National Park is where the Icelandic parliament was founded over 1000 years ago. Nikon D810, 112 mm (24-120.0 mm ƒ/4) 1/100" ƒ/4 ISO 64

Thingvellir National Park is where the Icelandic parliament was founded over 1000 years ago. It lies in a rift valley  marking the crest of the Mid-Atlantic Ridge. Nikon D810, 112 mm (24-120.0 mm ƒ/4) 1/100″ ƒ/4 ISO 64

Back in Iceland, once more starting from the Golden Circle tour. It takes the visitor to three exceptional sights in Iceland: Thingvellir National Park, Geysir geothermal area and Gullfoss waterfall. This offers the chance to see and experience in one day some of Iceland’s most relevant sites, concerning its nature, geology and history.  Continue reading

Tour of Iceland 1 – The Golden Circle

The average amount of water running over this waterfall is 140 m³/s in the summertime and 80 m³/s in the wintertime. Nikon D810, 24 mm (24.0 mm ƒ/1.4) 1/125 sec ƒ/4 ISO 64

The average amount of water running over this waterfall is 140 m³/s in the summertime and 80 m³/s in the wintertime. Nikon D810, 24 mm (24.0 mm ƒ/1.4) 1/125 sec ƒ/4 ISO 64

The South offers a repertory of almost all the features that you can encounter in Iceland and the Golden Circle displays most of them. So, if you are in Iceland for a weekend only, take the Golden Circle Tour and you’ll have a good taste of the country. Continue reading