Iceland Revisited

October 21, 2012  •  Leave a Comment

Hotel Ranga Sky at Night, Iceland Best laid plans and all that!  With all the best intentions in the world I still failed miserably in keeping a daily blog in Iceland, but I believe I had a valid excuse.  The prospect of finding time to sleep while wanting to photograph the Island by day and the sky by night proved to be too challenging and having achieved both extensively blogging took a back seat.  Having traveled to the north of the island and right across the volcanic south my first visit to Iceland has been so inspiring I am already planning my return trip in the spring of 2013 for photograph and possibly again in August for some salmon and trout fishing.  There were so many highlights, many of which I have photographed but many are imprinted in my mind as no camera yet exists that can capture the magic of so many moments.

The aurora borealis was beyond imagination.  From slow moving ribbons of light to rapidly flowing and pulsating multicolored curtains of heavenly light.  Two nights in particular saw memorable Aurora displays; on the west side of Hafnarfjörður overlooking Blönduós and the night after at the Hotel Ranga where I had earlier shared a wonderful dinner with Albert and Russell, thanks chaps! Some great photographs of the Aurora reflected in the hotel lake but cold or what; breath was freezing on camera and tripod!

For my five day visit I stayed at the Frost and Fire Guest House in Hverhamar, an ideal location next to a fast flowing river and surrounded by volcanic hills, geothermal hot springs and hot steaming fumaroles.  My day started and ended with a long soak in the 40C hot tub, so relaxing to bath in geothermal waters watching the sunrise, the stars shine and the Aurora dancing above the hills.  Then the local produce breakfast to start the day food wise; the local smoked trout and fresh bread being my favorites. I could even see the Aurora from my bed through the large patio doors, magic!

On the photographic front I came back with many pleasing images and memories frozen in time.  My Canon 5D II performed to its usual high standard and proved exceptional for the landscape and night photo opportunities. Also in my bag were my Canon EF 17-40 mm f/4.0 L USM and Canon EF 70-200mm F/2.8 L IS II USM lenses.  Before traveling I also bought a new Samyang 14 mm F/2.8 If Ed UMC Wide-angle Lens which I was very very impressed with.  A fixed lens with manual focus and aperture it was exceptionally sharp from center to edge and the f2.8 allowed shorter exposures for aurora and night photographs.  I cannot praise this lens enough and at £240 is the best value glass I own.

Since returning to the UK, work has beckoned and some time to post some photos on here.  I hope that you like them.


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