Iceland video - Shot on 5DII

Started Feb 15, 2012 | Discussions thread
Kjartan Juliusson
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Re: Iceland video - Shot on 5DII
In reply to Teosax, Feb 18, 2012

You are welcome and yes I am from Iceland.

I would visit the following places for landscape photography:

Landmannalaugar - in the highlands, it is accessible on a 4x4 on a bumpy road. On the way there you will have many photo opportunities. There are a few photos from this area on my flickr page, like this one of lake Hnausapollur.
http://www.flickr.com/photos/kjartanjuliusson/5936738220/in/photostream
There is another beautiful lake nearby called Frostastaðavatn.
http://www.flickr.com/photos/kjartanjuliusson/5936181297/in/photostream

Hraunfossar - in Borgarfjörður, it is accessible on any car and I think the road is paved all the way. This is a unique waterfall where the water comes flowing out of lava.
http://www.flickr.com/photos/kjartanjuliusson/4850670704/in/photostream

http://ja.is/kort/#x=405744&y=468214&z=9&type=aerial (Hraunfossar is not marked on this map, but the waterfall is just above the text "Barnafossvegur (552)"

If you are planning on going around Iceland, you must of course stop at Goðafoss, it is right next the road and I think most people stop by there.
http://www.flickr.com/photos/kjartanjuliusson/4721762981/in/photostream
http://ja.is/kort/#x=567085&y=576938&z=8&type=aerial

If you are visiting the east part of Iceland you can also stop by the waterfall Hengifoss, you do however have to hike for 2 hours to get to it, but I think it is worth it. I don't have a better photo of it than this (because my wife an kid where waiting for me). This waterfall is in the beginning of peppino's video.
http://www.flickr.com/photos/kjartanjuliusson/4721762677/in/photostream
http://ja.is/kort/#x=692844&y=515573&z=7

In south-east Iceland you will find a national park called Skaftafell. That is a very good place to hike and photograph. I especially like this waterfall called Svartifoss, but there are also other waterfalls on the way. I think the hike to Svartifoss takes about 1 hour.
http://www.flickr.com/photos/kjartanjuliusson/4721760477/in/photostream
http://ja.is/kort/#x=599347&y=392065&z=7

There are of course a lot more places to visit, like Ásbyrgi, Dettifoss and Mývatn in north-eastern Iceland and of course the major tourist sites like Gullfoss, Geysir and Þingvellir.

Those were landscape places to photograph. I don't know where you can photograph wildlife, but I know that in eastern Iceland you can find reindeer and at Mývatn you can find many interesting bird species.

I have not photographed the sunset or sunrise during August, so I am not sure which places are best for that. But a friend of mine took this terrific photo near Sauðárkrókur in July http://www.flickr.com/photos/arnarbg/4780860861/in/set-72157627227887826/

You can also look at my flickr page http://www.flickr.com/photos/kjartanjuliusson/ I have some more photos there from various places. Also if you are into bird photography, this is the flickr page for one of the best in Iceland http://www.flickr.com/photos/sindri_skulason/ although he doesn't list where the photos are taken you can get an idea on what bird species we have in Iceland.

It is OK to rent a 4x4 and drive around yourself, that is what a lot of people do. There are not signs that say that this is a nice place to photograph, but there are signs pointing to most of these places. But I would recommend having a GPS unit and then you could into the GPS coordinates and that would get you roughly to the correct place. On the map links (ja.is) you can click "GPS hnit" at the top and then click on the place and you will get the GPS coordinates.

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Sincerely,

Kjartan Juliusson

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