World Travel Tales

Thingvellir National Park, Iceland

Church at Thingvellir

Little church at Þingvellir proudly flying the Icelandic flag on a windy day.

Location: Thingvellir National Park, Iceland

Camera: Nikon D700 with 70-200mm f.2.8 lens.
Settings: ISO 200, 1/320 sec at f/8.

Thingvellir National Park, Iceland

Waterfall Between Continents

At Þingvellir National Park, Öxaráfoss pours into the gap between the western side of the Eurasian and eastern side of the North American tectonic plates.

Location: Thingvellir National Park, Iceland

Camera: Nikon D700 with 18-200mm (DX) lens.
Settings: ISO 100, 1/10 sec at f/22.

Western Region, Iceland

Hraunfossar Waterfall

Hraunfossar was one of my favourite waterfalls because of the unique nature of the falls. Water flows through the porous lava rock for 900 metres from the Hallmundarhraun lava field to arrive at the banks of the Hvítá river. For hundreds of metres along the riverbank it simply pours out of what appears to be solid rock.

Location: Western Region, Iceland

Camera: Nikon D700 with 50mm f/1.8 lens.
Settings: ISO 100, 1/3 sec at f/22.

Northern Region, Iceland

Kolugljúfur Waterfall

This pretty little waterfall is on the Víðidalsá river near Kolugil Farm. It's visible from the highway bridge where the calm waters of the valley plunge into a rugged canyon right below your feet.

Location: Northern Region, Iceland

Camera: Nikon D700 with 50mm f/1.8 lens.
Settings: ISO 100, 1/10 sec at f/22.

Þingeyrar, near Blönduós, Iceland

Þingeyrakirkja Stone Archway

The beautiful stone archway over a cobblestone path leading to the front entrance of the church.

Location: Þingeyrar, near Blönduós, Iceland

Camera: Nikon D700 with 18-200mm (DX) lens.
Settings: ISO 400, 1/125 sec at f/8.

Þingeyrar, near Blönduós, Iceland

Þingeyrakirkja Church & Cemetary

The current Þingeyrar Church was built in 1877 from stones quarried in Nesbjörgkliffen. The stones were placed on a sled and dragged from the quarry across a frozen lake to arrive at the building site over 8 kilometres away.

Location: Þingeyrar, near Blönduós, Iceland

Camera: Nikon D700 with 18-200mm (DX) lens.
Settings: ISO 200, 1/200 sec at f/8.

Northeastern Region, Iceland

Waterfall of the Gods

The beautiful Goðafoss, the waterfall of the gods.

Location: Northeastern Region, Iceland

Camera: Nikon D700 with 18-200mm (DX) lens.
Settings: ISO 200, 1/100 sec at f/8.

Vatnajökull National Park, Mývatn and the Northeast Region, Iceland

Dettifoss in Rainbows

For being the largest and most powerful waterfalls in Iceland, and indeed, all of Europe, Dettifoss is hidden where you really wouldn't expect a waterfall of this size. To give some scale you can see people on the opposite shore standing at the brink of the fall.

When we visited Dettifoss the wind was blowing hard which pushed the mist downstream and into the sun creating spectacular rainbows.

Location: Vatnajökull National Park, Mývatn and the Northeast Region, Iceland

Camera: Nikon D700 with 18-200mm (DX) lens.
Settings: ISO 200, 1/60 sec at f/8.

Holtavörðuheiði, Iceland

Another Roadside Attraction

With Eiríksjökull looming in the background this is a pretty scenic spot for a bathroom break.

Location: Holtavörðuheiði, Iceland

Camera: Nikon D700 with 18-200mm (DX) lens.
Settings: ISO 200, 1/160 sec at f/8.

West Coast Region, Iceland

Random Roadside Waterfall

I'm sure this waterfall has a name but we just named it One Thousand One. Or was it Two Thousand One?

Location: West Coast Region, Iceland

Camera: Nikon D700 with 50mm f/1.8 lens.
Settings: ISO 100, 1/5 sec at f/8.

Jökulsárlón, Iceland

Icy Playground

These icebergs were piled up on the shoal at the leeward side of the lake where a short river flowed into the Atlantic Ocean.

The rain was pouring down on us and we were completely soaked after spending some time watching the seals and skuas hunt and play in this dramatic seascape.

Location: Jökulsárlón, Iceland

Camera: Nikon D700 with 50mm, f/1.8 lens.
Settings: ISO 1600, 1/160 sec at f/8.

South Region, Iceland

Happy Place

There are worse spots to live. It's a common sight to see little farms or houses at the base of giant waterfalls pouring out of the highlands.

Location: South Region, Iceland

Camera: Nikon D700 with 18-200mm (DX) lens.
Settings: ISO 800, 1/100 sec at f/8.

Reynisfjara, Iceland

Atlantic Puffin

This cute little Atlantic Puffin is just chilling in the grass before a busy day at sea.

Location: Reynisfjara, Iceland

Camera: Nikon D700 with 70-200mm, f/2.8 lens.
Settings: ISO 800, 1/800 sec at f/3.2.

South Region, Iceland

Grassy Pastures

Next to the abundant sheep, horses are the most common animal seen grazing in the vast grassy pastures around Iceland.

Location: South Region, Iceland

Camera: Nikon D700 with 18-200mm (DX) lens.
Settings: ISO 200, 1/100 sec at f/8.

South Region, Iceland

Seljalandsfoss

Seljalandsfoss has a 60 m drop and has a path that enables you to walk the undercut cliff right around behind the waterfall.

Location: South Region, Iceland

Camera: Nikon D700 with 18-200mm (DX) lens.
Settings: ISO 200, 1/40 sec at f/8.

Skógar, Iceland

Skógafoss

Skógafoss is 25 m wide and plunges 60 m to a pool that you can walk right up to - of course you're going to get wet!

Location: Skógar, Iceland

Camera: Nikon D700 with 18-200mm (DX) lens.
Settings: ISO 200, 1/50 sec at f/8.

West Coast Region, Iceland

Sheep in Threes

Throughout Iceland we noticed that the sheep were often found in small groups of three. Where there were larger herds in a field it seemed that they were all sub-divided into smaller groups of three. Who can explain that?

Location: West Coast Region, Iceland

Camera: Nikon D700 with 70-200mm, f/2.8 lens.
Settings: ISO 500, 1/500 sec at f/3.5.

West Coast Region, Iceland

Lonely Little Church

Lonely little churches like this one were a common sight throughout Iceland.

Location: West Coast Region, Iceland

Camera: Nikon D700 with 70-200mm, f/2.8 lens.
Settings: ISO 400, 1/640 sec at f/4.

Near Hópsnesviti, Iceland

Walking the Coastline

There are a couple cute lighthouses near Hópsnesviti and the walk along the coastline here was wonderful.

Location: Near Hópsnesviti, Iceland

Camera: Nikon D700 with 70-200mm, f/2.8 lens.
Settings: ISO 500, 1/200 sec at f/8.

Grundarfjordur, Iceland

Northern Lights at Kirkufell

I woke up in the middle of the night and made the drive from my campsite in town to Kirkufellsfoss just in time to capture this photo before the Northern Lights went out for the night.

Location: Grundarfjordur, Iceland

Camera: Nikon D700 with 18-200mm (DX) lens.
Settings: ISO 1600, 13 sec at f/7.1.

Grundarfjordur, Iceland

Kirkufellsfoss

Likely the most photographed waterfall in Iceland due to the stunning Kirkufell Mountain in the background.

Location: Grundarfjordur, Iceland

Camera: Nikon D700 with 18-200mm (DX) lens.
Settings: ISO 100, .8 sec at f/18.

Reynisfjara

Puffins at Reynisfjara

Puffins are fast! They also like to nest on cliffsides that aren't always easy to access by land. I managed to capture this little guy coming in for a landing with his orange feet out and ready for touchdown.

Location: Reynisfjara

Camera: Nikon D700 with 70-200mm, f2.8 lens.
Settings: ISO 800, 1/800 sec at f/3.2.

Near Vík í Mýrdal, Iceland

Black Sand Beach

Looking West over the famous Reynisfjara black sand beach.

Location: Near Vík í Mýrdal, Iceland

Camera: Nikon D700 with 18-200mm (DX) lens.
Settings: ISO 200, 1/200 sec at f/8.

Gullfoss, Iceland

Gullfoss Parking Lot Sunset

We were treated to a beautiful sunset as we left Gullfoss.

Location: Gullfoss, Iceland

Camera: Nikon D700 with 18-200mm (DX) lens.
Settings: ISO 1600, 1/80 sec at f/8.

Gullfoss, Iceland

Looking Downstream at Gullfoss

The lower tier of Gullfoss pours into a narrow canyon. You can see the heavy mist that soaked us as we walked along the trail past this part of the waterfall.

Location: Gullfoss, Iceland

Camera: Nikon D700 with 18-200mm (DX) lens.
Settings: ISO 3200, 1/80 sec at f/8.

Gullfoss, Iceland

Gullfoss

The powerful Gullfoss can be visited from both sides of the river. This photo is taken from the west side.

The scale and power of this waterfall is impressive and we had to wear our rain jackets to get up close where the mist was being blown at us by a strong wind.

Location: Gullfoss, Iceland

Camera: Nikon D700 with 18-200mm (DX) lens.
Settings: ISO 1000, 1/60 sec at f/7.1.