So, as you will have read, I was daft enough to put my laptop and the last four days of this ‘landscape photography in Iceland write-up’ into storage. The good news is that I have very nearly finished the portfolio for this trip and will post this very soon! In the meantime, here are a few more trip images and a summary of the south coast. By this point, I was in my stride…
Hofn turned out to be a little frustrating. It is a useful area, which was a very productive last time however I had not fully explored the area around Horn and Stokknes. Unfortunately it was no different on this trip. I came very close, but ultimately missed the light on several occasions, so I can add this to the list of places that I must revisit. Due to the limited driving undertaken in this area, I was able to get a little rest and feel full of beans for the trip westward along the south coast.
I stopped briefly at Jokulsarlon, but the tide was out, forcing me to consider alternative compositions. Thankfully the ambience of the location worked its magic and I produced two frames. In this area, tide and weather are everything. The light is likely to be workable the vast majority of the time.
The short version of the remaining days is that the south coast did not disappoint. The weather became a little more interesting with what I like to describe as molten or pearly skies – weather that had largely eluded me up north (white skies) and in the west (blue skies). I investigated several of the glaciers and explored new sites in the area of locations I was broadly familiar with already. Everyone who visits Iceland will have a different opinion; However, mine is that the south coast is the jewel in the already beautiful crown. There is such a variation in scenery and so many compelling vistas packed into a relatively short stretch. Having spent eight days on the south coast during my last trip, I wanted to concentrate my efforts elsewhere and I did. Nonetheless, approximately 19 of the 48 photographs in the portfolio were from the south coast, once again (some further east than I travelled last time, however). That said, I am especially pleased with some of the images I shot in the north and east of the country, because the landscape had a completely different feel to it. As a result, I felt affected in a different way.
On the last day I woke up at 3 AM in order to visit a particular waterfall on the way to Reykjavik, but after opening my curtains I knew the odds were slim. It was raining hard and the wind was severe. Effectively, this meant that the trip was over and it was just a case of hammering out the last 250kms back to the airport. There was snow in the air, strong winds and thick fog on high ground. Spring? Where?
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