In my last post – How to Photograph the Northern Lights in Iceland – I shared my experience from preparing to luckily shoot it while visiting Iceland two weeks ago. This was one of the most breathtaking moments of my entire life.
The aurora is not all about Iceland though.
Not only the sight of the northern lights or aurora borealis impressed me, but all else I have seen. The days are short, the sun is not a regular presence, and the weather is unpredictable, making this a recipe for a dark and sombre winter; because I was visiting and not living there, none of this bothered me, as I could see beauty everywhere.
One cannot get tired of admiring the dramatic volcanic landscape, the geothermal lagoons, ice cages, glaciers, geysers, to mention a few of still many other wonders of Nature to photograph. It is unquestionably, a photographer’s paradise.
I selected a few shots to share my journey with you.
These are the first views from the island.
Our second day was sunny in the capital Reykjavik, and perfect to shoot the Sun Voyager sculpture. This is the sculpture of a Viking ship, representing the past of the Icelanders and serving as a reminder of their history and heritage when the first Vikings settlers sailed to Iceland. It is an ode to the sun, whenever it luckily shines, and best to shot at sunset, whatever time that may be. That’s Iceland.
Here we have a backdrop of the ocean and the Mount Esjan at peninsula Saebraut in Reykjavik.
Believe me but in less than 30 minutes, we left Reykjavik to the southwesterner coast, and that was how the weather looked like. Dramatically beautiful. I wondered what would be like to live in that house in such remote location.
The weather started to improve, but the cloud cover was still intense.
We arrived at Keflavik and found the sun again, and so did the birds.
Then we headed to the geothermal waters of the Blue Lagoon in Grindavik.
“The geothermal water originates 2,000 metres below the surface, where freshwater and seawater combine at extreme temperatures. It is then harnessed via drilling holes at a nearby geothermal power plant, Svartsengi, to create electricity and hot water for nearby communities.
On its way to the surface, the water picks up silica and minerals. When the water emerges, its temperature is generally between 37°C and 40°C (98-104°F). But owing to variables outside of our control – including weather and time of year – the water temperature sometimes fluctuates beyond this range.”
WHY IS IT BLUE?
“The geothermal water has a unique composition, featuring three active ingredients – Silica, Algae & Minerals.
The blue colour comes from the silica and the way it reflects sunlight. During summer there can also be a hint of green in the water. This is the result of the algae, which multiplies quickly when exposed to direct sunlight.
However, and this might come as a surprise to you, the water is actually white. If you pour it into a transparent cup, it will always have a milky white colour. The sun simply makes it look blue!”
Source: Blue Lagoon website
In my next post, I will share more of Iceland. As you may have noticed, I loved the place, and cannot get tired of looking at all pictures I made.
Hope you will also enjoy it.