I was recently going through my Iceland photos from my visit back in April 2013 and did a re-edit on this photo taken at Skogafoss. Been on my todo list for the longest time to get back to Iceland to explore it further, re-visit the areas I saw last time and to visit the locations I missed before. I know back in April 2013 it was nowhere as near a popular country to visit as it has become now, from what I hear its a huge photographers trap with many people packed in at all the the popular photo spots.
Godafoss was one if not the most challenging locations I’ve had the pleasure of trying to photograph. We drove a good 8 hours across Iceland to reach here in fierce snow blizzards, so strong we could see only a couple of feet ahead of us on the roads. Even though we could hardly see on the drive here there was an overwhelming thought of the stark beauty of the landscape around us.. even though we could not see the landscape!
Photographing Godafoss was even more difficult though, as it was immensely stunning in beauty to witness and stand in awe viewing the huge gushing and partly frozen waterfall in temperatures of close to minus 20. But proved extremely tricky to photograph as there was such a thick blanket of white snow, contrasting with the thick white sky and the equally neutral colour of the water.
On reflection it would of no doubt made for a better photograph outside of winter with no snow.. but the struggle to get here in these conditions and utter awe of this waterfall under those conditions just made it epic 🙂
During our visit to Iceland we tried to get to as many of the waterfalls as possible with the weather permitting. Dettifoss was the first one we visited and I was blown away by the size of it.. we don’t get waterfalls like this in the UK.
Jökulsárlón literally “glacial river lagoon” is a large glacial lake in southeast Iceland, on the edge of Vatnajökull National Park. Situated at the head of the Breiðamerkurjökull glacier, it developed into a lake after the glacier started receding from the edge of the Atlantic Ocean. The lake has grown since then at varying rates because of melting of the glaciers. It is now 1.5 kilometres (0.93 mi) away from the ocean’s edge and covers an area of about 18 km2 (6.9 sq mi). It recently became the deepest lake in Iceland, at over 248 metres (814 ft), as glacial retreat extended its boundaries. The size of the lake has increased fourfold since the 1970s. It is considered as one of the natural wonders of Iceland.
Jökulsárlón has been a setting for four Hollywood movies: A View to a Kill, Die Another Day, Lara Croft: Tomb Raider and Batman Begins, as well as the “reality TV” series Amazing Race. In 1991 Iceland issued a postage stamp, with a face value of 26 kronur, depicting Jökulsárlón.