Iceland - day 1/2

My trip to Iceland in 2016 was one of my favourites so far. Amazing views, landscapes not seen in other parts of Europe, the vastness of land, lots of birds.. I definitely will go back. :)

First night, after arrival, was pretty brutal. We settled with a tent near Gardur lighthouse on the camping site. Given it was end of July we weren’t quite adjusted to the night temperatures on Iceland. Also the spot was very windy, so in the end, we didn’t had much sleep. But it was better on the following nights.

We got up early in the morning and started shooting the lighthouse and nearby area.

Following route 44 and then 425 we found a large colony of arctic terns. It was quite the view, a lot of young terns were sitting on the road, waiting to be fed. Unfortunately also a lot of them dies from the cars, when they don’t leave quickly enough.

We visited the site where Eurasian and North American tectonic plates meet. It is measured that they drift apart approximately 2cm per year.

Next stop was Gunnuhver hot springs, Reykjanesviti lighthouse and nearby Eldey Cliffs.

Here I am trying to shoot some seagulls. And our next stop - Grindavik village and it’s port.

Following the road 427 we saw vast areas with volcanic rocks covered with moss. Very unique view.


We also visited stunning Graenavatn lake with it’s amazing water colour. Not like anything else I’ve seen.

Very close to Graenavatn is Seltun Geothermal area.

We settled for a night on a camping site near Strandarkirkja church, which we also visited. There were more arctic terns feeding their offspring on the camping site which made for a nice evening for me. :) Younglings weren’t really scared much and allowed for a close observation.