This was a tour which took us around Iceland at a time of the year when Winter turns into Summer, the deep snows melt gently revealing colourful herbs and mosses. Waterfalls are fresh and sparkling with the anticipation of Summer and the newly arrived migratory birds sing well into the long evenings.
Pick up was from Hotel Keflavik and we drove the back roads through the lava field to escape the main highway. The weather was cloudy to begin with which suited the rough terrain of the Reykjaness Volcanic ridge, but as we joined the #1 highway on the South Coast, the sky started to clear and we were blessed with occasional sunshine. After Urriðafoss and Seljalandsfoss, we made the most of the afternoon light at Skogafoss Waterfall.
We stayed the first 3 nights at Hali which was a good opportunity to enjoy the restaurant and exhibition as well as being in a great location to explore the Ice Lagoons and glacial landscapes. From here we explored areas around Höfn and spent some time near Kirkjubærklaustur. Eventually we got what we were really here for, a nice sunset at Jökulsarlon glacier lagoon, with beautiful reflections. Sunsets last a long time in May, so we had time to shoot from 2 different locations.
After our comfortable stay at Hali, we drove to Egilstaðir for the 4th night. This gave us a chance to explore the East Fjords of Iceland for a day. It was a relaxing drive with very little traffic and some interesting coastal lighthouses offering interesting mountain views.
We stopped at Djúpivogur for soup and salad before getting the chance to see Búlandstindur, the East fjords most beautiful mountain. She sits like a great pyramid. What a shame the light was too harsh for a reasonable photo. Búlandstindur looks best from the other side of Berufjörður. This is a shot from mid-summer evening a few years back.
We stopped in Stöðvarfjörður and for a little break from driving and photography, my customers were pleased to explore the amazing collection of stones at Petra’s Stone museum. It was difficult balancing the timings for Sunset because we also had to get to the hotel at a reasonable time and find a good place to eat. Cafe Sumarlina in Fáskrúðsfjörður came to the rescue with good pizza and chicken salad. Not to mention a prize winning photo of a captured cod fish on the restaurant wall. After dinner we invaded my favourite location in the Eastfjords, the tip of Reyðarfjorður at Vatarnes.
We stayed in Egilstaðir for the night before heading North and West as we followed the ring road round to the Mývatn area. I had arranged a night at Stora-Laugar guest house so we were able to take our time in the area and wait for the good light while we enjoyed a surprisingly good meal in Laugar.