My dream came true when we bought the tickets to Iceland. I was very excited about the journey and hoping that apart from admiring the beauties of the Icelandic landscape we would be lucky to see the aurora borealis.
We drove around the island in a bit more than a week . It was only enough to get a little taste of this exciting world. The island was full of surprises. The sight was sometimes bare, then suddenly we were passing mountains reaching the clouds. I felt that this country can be never explored, as it always have some excitement for us.
We experienced all possible weather conditions during our journey. Apart from dry weather we ran into snow storm and we almost drifted down from the road. The wind was usually extreme strong on the shores. It blew the black sand into our faces that we could hardly walk.
After a week of overcast, it started getting clearer during our last day. The sight changed completely. The snow melt and the light colored the landscape. Fortunately we were driving around Snæfellsnes Peninsula that time. This was the best part of the trip.
As it was getting late in the day I checked the northern light forecast more often on my phone. It predicted 3 Kp value (it is about the middle of possible values). I could only hoped that we could catch a glimpse, or even take a photo of it. Fingers were crossed. We arrived to the spot with a view of Kirjufell around blue hour and I set my tripod up. I was expecting long hours before we could see the lights, but surprisingly after a few minutes the mysterious green light started emerging above the horizon. The aurora borealis got more intense as it got darker. It was such a huge experience, simply out-of-this-world. I felt really lucky! It last all night long. So we got in the car and drove around the surroundings to capture different landscape with the northern lights. I was taking photos of the aurora borealis from 9pm till 3:30am that night.
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#2 White Walker Ice Cave
Visiting Iceland without an ice cave tour is just half of the trip.
#4 Kirkjufell With Northen Lights
#5 Strokkur Geyser
The geyser erupts in every ~10 mins, its usual height is 15-20m.
#6 Unique View Of Seljalandsfoss
#7 Vestrahorn, At The Foot Of Giants
The breath stopping view of Vestrahorn.
#9 Búðakirkja With Its Unique Backlight
That night in Iceland will be a permanent memory for sure! I just couldn't stop driving around in the countryside.
#10 The Sky Is Not The Limit
Smoothing the water with long exposure.
#12 Incredible Cliffs Of Fjaðrárgljúfur
This canyon is up to 100 m deep and about 2 kilometers long, with the Fjaðrá river flowing through it.
#13 The Moment, Right Before I Got Soaked
The waves are quite unpredictable on this beach. So 'luckily' I managed to capture the wave, which covered me 0.1 sec later.:) It was worth it without a question.
Hverir is one of the most out-of-this-world sites on the island. It is a place where you feel connected to the power of the planet.
#15 Green Flames - What An Incredible Night!
The northern light was so intense, that it reached the opposite side of the sky as well. I was just standing there next to the tripod with remote shutter release in my hand and my breath stopped from the sight.
Incredible intensity of aurora borealis.
#17 The View From The Þingvellir National Park
#18 Þingvellir National Park
Why is it so special? Well, this is the place where North American and European continental plates collide.
#19 Gullfoss - 'Golden Falls'
#20 Skogafoss From Above
Don't you think that it is an elf on the left?;)
#21 Small Church In The Countryside
If you like small, cute churches, then you will love Iceland, as it has thousands of it.
#22 View Of The Famous Reynisfjara Black Sand Beach
Reynisfjara Beach is the most famous black sanded beach in Iceland and one of the most well-known in the whole world. This is a place of wild and dramatic beauty where the roaring waves of the Atlantic Ocean power ashore with tremendous force.
#23 Vik I Myrdal Church
The Vik church was the only place that survived the 1918 flood.
#24 The Harsh Side Of Vestrahorn
This mountain is sometimes called as 'Batman Mountain'. I think I know the reason for it.
#25 Diamond Beach In Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon
Ice bergs, breaking off the Kvíárjökull Glacier, drift out to sea where they are polished by the waves before floating back to the black sands of Breiðamerkursandur.
#26 Road To The Light
#27 The Sky Above Grundarfjörður
This is one of my favorite picture I managed to capture with aurora borealis. I never thought, that light pollution can add that much to a photo. The lights of Grundarfjörður lit the clouds above the village. On the right you can also see the Kirkjufell.
#28 Skogafoss With A Rainbow
The waterfall has a drop of 60 m and a width of 25 m.
#29 On The Road
During our 8 day trip in Iceland I drove around 2900km on these meandering roads.
#30 At The Foot Of Kirkjufell
The majestic Kirkjufell is probably the most iconic mountain in Iceland. After a whole day drive it was great to arrive there.
#31 Kirkjufell Sunset
Can you tell, that this photo was taken only one day after the previous one?
#32 Gatklettur - Arch Rock
#33 ...and Finally, Aurora Borealis Over Kirkjufell
After one whole week of overcast, we had incredible luck of clear sky, with a really intense aurora borealis.