Iceland - the island of my dreams. After visiting the land of fire and ice the first time in summer 2014 I was able to talk my wife into a second trip in June 2015 - and it was fantastic.
Three weeks in Iceland as a photographer means one thing: lots of images. So I decided to post multiple articles in my blog, each of them with photos from a specific region.
We will start our journey with Reykjanes (or Reykjanesskagi to differentiate it from the other Reykjanes in Iceland), a peninsula in southwest Iceland near the capital Reykjavik. This region is often overlooked because most tourists tend to head straight to the golden circle with the geysirs and waterfalls.
So follow me on a journey through a very diverse part of beautiful Iceland!
Stunning colorsLandscape around Lake Kleifarvatn Kleifarvatn is the largest lake on the Reykjanes peninsula. Look at the stunning orange, red and brown colors of the ground!
This is the geothermal area Krysuvik (Seltun). I love this areas full of hot springs, fumaroles and mud pots. Due to the sulphur the soil has interesting yellow, orange and brown tones.
There are more geothermal areas in Iceland and I always spend hours when visiting one. The steaming hot springs, the bubbling mud holes, the colors - pure power of a still unfinished landscape. But we have to leave this magical place now, the road leads us to more natural highlights:
Lake GraenavatnBeautiful green and turquoise water Ever heard of maars? A maar is a volcanic crater - and this one if filled with green / turquise water. The name of this amazing lake is Graenavatn.
Iceland and the Huldufólk (the hidden people): little red houses for Elves. I have not seen them but the Icelandic Elf School (yes, there is one!) believes that there are 13 different kinds elves in Iceland. So maybe I will see some on our (hopefully) next visit.
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GunnuhverImpressive hot spring in Iceland Gunnuhver, another geothermal area, this furious hot spring is home (or shall I say prison) of Gunna, a ghost who was tricked to fall into a hot spring. Man, those Icelandic people are clever!
Impressive panorama of the Reykjanes coast.
Rocky coastReykjanes Iceland Amazing rocks, beautiful cliff coast.
Lighthouse in IcelandReykjanesviti Lighthouse Reykjanesviti
The bridge between two continents (Europe and North America). The Reykjanes peninsula is located on one of the world's major plate boundaries, the Mid Atlantic Ridge. The small footbridge over a major fissure was build as symbol for the connection between the two continents.
Colorful and idyllic Hafnarfjörður harbor. Hafnafjordur is the third largest city in Iceland - with a population of under 30.000
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