Blog by a Belgian Flying Photographer based in Dubai (UAE) specializing in Architectural, Travel and Aviation photography
Friday, August 24, 2012
Iceland, Land of Fire and Ice - part 2
Welcome to the second part of the Iceland blogpost series. As promised, today the tour starts at Landmannalaugar, a remote encampment deep inside the mountains which is only accessible during the short Summer months (mid June to early September).
The soft pastel colors really make this place a heaven on earth, especially with the great weather I had while I was there! A nice one hour hike from the base camp brings one to this beautiful valley with wild cotton flowers.
Although some people try to access Landmanna (as the locals call it) in normal cars through the North, a 4x4 is a must if one does not want to pay for a whole lot of damage when returning the car.
The more exciting way is to follow the F208; a beautiful very bumpy ride through the mountains with numerous river crossings.
South of Landmanna, I bumped into this amazing green moss valley along a small river. Can you image a better place for a picnic? And "no", the colors are not over-saturated. This is really how the place looked like!
Even though one can hardly find a tree in Iceland, the landscape is very varied and is often very green.
As one drives further South on the F208, the valleys starts gradually opening up.
Reflections from an extremely deep blue sky, gives the water this great dark color. At least now I know, why we always see water as something "blue".
I'll end todays post with the image above of a lake close to Landmanna. After I climbed a small mountain on the lakeshore just before sunset, I realized why this country had been on my bucket list far too long. A heaven for landscape photography!
On part 3 we will have a closer look at the "Ice" part of the series!
remember, “Do not follow where the path may lead. Go instead where there is no path and leave a trail” – Ralph Waldo Emerson