How to photograph Iceland
Iceland, a photographers paradise Jökulsárlón is the best known and the largest of a number of glacial lakes in Iceland. It is situated at the south end of the glacier Vatnajökull between Skaftafell National Park and Höfn. The lake is filled with icebergs, which are calving off the Breiðamerkurjökull glacier. Jökulsárlón is separated from the sea by only a short distance. On the black sand beach we see many amazing blocks of ice that have broken off Europe's biggest glacier. A very scenic photo spot and a photographers paradise! Photos: Michel Hammam
Dutch photographer Michel Hammann wrote an interesting article on how to photograph Icelandic nature on travel blog Stuck in Iceland.
On the beauty of Icelandic glaciers he writes:
"The variations in the weather, the light and the untouched beauty. The glacial landscapes are my favourite. What struck me most is that the volcanic activity on Iceland creates glacier landscapes incomparable with any other ice landscape. The eruption of the Grimsvötn volcano in May 2011 covered the icy surface of the Svínafellsjökull with ash, giving the ice a range of colours, to deep grey and black. It looked like a black and white landscape. That’s what makes the Icelandic glaciers so unique and photogenic!"
Here are a selection of images from Michel Hammann and the captions are his own.
Hengill Mountain Range This volcano system consists of a series of basaltic fissure vents, crater rows and small shield volcanoes.
Hiking in the highlands A group of hikers enjoy the vast sweeping views of the beautiful highland nature.
Now I know why they call Iceland ICEland 11% of the surface of Iceland is covered with ice. The amount of ice, contained in glaciers, is dependent on anual temperatures and snowfall. It is amazing to experience the power of nature when you find yourself embraced by the giant ice mass. The outlet glacier Fjallsjökull flows down from the Vatnajökull ice cap, by far the largest glacier mass in all of Europe.