24.11.2017

An island of dreams

24.11.2017

An island of dreams

An extraordinary landscape, beautiful and unique.  Every detail is magical! Cascades, aurora blorealis, mountains of unbelievable colors, black sand beaches in contrast to the ice. This is nature at its best! A paradise for photographers and for those who truly love nature. This is the second time I visit this paradise. I’ve been here in March and again in October, with the same goal of “Capturing the Aurors” and travelling around the island.

As soon as we arrived at the airport, we felt the temperature difference between Portugal and Iceland. The adventure begins! We rented our 4 × 4 vehicle and quickly started the itinerary! And nothing better in the first day of the trip to be received with a series of beautiful auroras …
Here some highlights!

In Budir – A Black Church – First built in 1703 it was deconstructed due to the lack of parishioners. The current church was reconstructed in 1987. It has a historic graveyard as well as relics such as bell and chalice from the time the church was first erected. However its pure black paint job and isolated location are the real attractions. Magic place to take images!

The Grundarfjordur – is a small town, situated in the north of the Snæfellsnes peninsula in the west of Iceland. It is situated between a mountain range and the sea. The nearby mountain Kirkjufell forms a small peninsula.

Its waterfalls and small lake allow one of the most beautiful places I have ever photographed… the auroras were a toast.

Always different, the aurora borealis is a spectacle that does not end. Of a surreal beauty, the light that dances in the sky, the movement fast and beautiful.

Iceland is pure and magic. Check the Hvitserkur – On a beach of black sands, the Hvítserkur is 15 m high basalt stack along the eastern shore of the Vatnsnes peninsula, in northwest Iceland.
The rock has two holes at the base, which give it the appearance of the dragon who is drinking. The base of the stack has been reinforced with concrete to protect its foundations from the sea.

Aldeyjarfoss is a waterfall located in the north of Iceland.

The most interesting feature of Aldeyjarfoss is the contrast between the basaltic (black) columns and the clear waters that descend the waterfall. This feature is shared by Svartifoss, a much smaller waterfall located in the Skaftafell National Park.

The Skjálfandafljót river has a vertical drop of 20 m. The basalt belongs to a lava field called Frambruni or Suðurárhraun, being hraun the word in Icelandic for lava.

Other places to visit: Haifoss Waterfall; Seljalandsfoss; Skógarfoss / Kvernufoss; Dyrhólavegur; Fjaðrárgljúfur; Vesturhorn; Jokulsarlon; Dettifoss

In summary – visit to Iceland is an island of dreams!
I’m coming back…!

All my traveling stuff is manfrotto.

Tripod – Manfrotto MT190XPRO4 Aluminum

Bag – Manfrotto Professional Backpack 30

Canon 5D II, Canon 17-40 f4 / 70-200mm f2.8 lenses and reads filters.

 

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