EXTREME ICELANDIC NATURE

[June & July 2014]

Magnus just finalised a two week serendipity roadtrip circumnavigating around Iceland in a mobile home. Magnus says “The last three years I have done so many extremely planned and controlled assignment shoots that I felt it was time to do something unplanned and straight out of the box spontanous. Minimal planning and maximum open agenda was the idea and just see what random travel around Iceland can bring forward to the camera sensor. I must say it was very refreshing just to cruise through the landscape, finding the way, staying wherever and work with what was in front of me.”

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Atlantic puffin coming in for landing on the birdcliff Látrabjarg, the westernmost part of Europe (excluding the Azores islands). The cliffs are home to millions of birds, including puffins, guillemots and razorbills. 40% of the world population of Razorbill breed on Látrabjarg.

I found great bird colonies at Latrabjerg, stunning landscapes, geothermal hot spots and very nice birdlife around Myvatn where I also did some arials over the lake. Humpback whales in the stunning fjords. Epic and very shifting landscapes and Icelandic horses pretty much everywhere. The most stunning ice experience was down in the south around Jökulsarlon with an incredible ice lagoon, black beaches with ice sculptures and I even found the time to re-visit and dive in Silfra in the clearest water in the World.

Iceland is only 16 million years old. A youngster on planet Earth with dramatic contrasts in the landscape, from volcanic hot spots and powerful waterfalls, to lush green valleys and highland deserts to jetblack beaches pounded by the white surf of the North Atlantic sea. It is also one of the most unpolluted places since Iceland relies on geothermal heat and hydropower for its energy needs. And no fertilizers, antibiotics or growth hormones are used on livestock. Hot springs and healing pools blessed the landscape and claim to heal a variety of physical ailments. Iceland has so many “power places” where you can feel the energy from earth.

MLU_20140621_224915_72US Arial of a triangular island in Mývatn with a landscape dominated by volcanic landforms. Mývatn is an eutrophic lake in and its surrounding wetlands have an exceptionally rich fauna of waterbirds.

MLU_20140625_164716_39USJökulsárlón, a large glacial lake on the edge of Vatnajökull National Park spit out blue ice inte the Atlantic Ocean creating these ice sculptures making a new exhibition on the beach every turn of the tide. Amazing place! 

MLU_20140627_125029_09USSilfra is a crack filled with the clearest water you can find on Earth and creates a slow flow into Þingvallavatn Lake in the Þingvellir National Park. This is the most significant geological and historical places in Iceland and for an underwater photographer one of the most stunning places in the world!