Iceland – An Otherworldly Landscape

The Icelandic landscape is so otherworldly that I can post photographs of this strange place all day. I find that I can’t stop looking at the following three images as a constant reminder of how different  the landscape was compared to where I am at home. 

 

Here, the combination of pure white snow on the foreground of the image, and the extremely low resting clouds over the mountains in the background, creates a feeling of being compressed into a box, like the roof of the world is slowly compressing down upon you. Not to mention the random blue ice in the mountainside from where Mt. Eyjafjallajökull glacier used to touch adding to the detail of  this bizarre landscape.

Even this image, taken from a slightly different angle, with a partial zoom, and as the clouds pull off from the mountaintops, feels as if it is from another planet. The combination of the black volcanic rock against the white snow, leading up to the hills of ash and more snow offers a moon-like feeling to the landscape.

 

I’ve recently posted this landscape before, but I really like how it looks in black and white instead. The B&K works wonders to display this 2,000 sqkilometer lava-rock field that makes up a vast part of the Icelandic wilderness.

Coming Monday – A straight dive right into Icelandic culture, the Icelandic people, the geology of Iceland, and a re-cap (as well as new additions) to interesting facts about Iceland.

Cheers,

– Nate

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Author: Nathan Bush

Nathan Bush is an avid traveler, adventurer, and professional wedding and landscape photographer. His absolute favorite pastime is hiking all the while lugging his camera equipment into the backcountry in order to capture beautiful images of the wild. He currently lives in Colorado with his soon to be wife, Florence.

8 thoughts on “Iceland – An Otherworldly Landscape”

    1. Hey John,
      The first one is probably my favorite as well. It just looks so strange. I havn’t tried cropping it down, but that could be interesting– maybe I’ll experiment with that later on today.
      Thanks for the comment,
      – Nate

    1. Its true, depending on how long you plan on going for, what type of accomodation you plan on staying in, and how fancy you want to eat, it can be very expensive. There are some god budget hotels, and also some hostels if you don’t mind that. However, a glass of beer costs about $8, while a full dinner is anywhere from $45 – $65 for yourself at a medium-of-the-line restaurant. I’d say it is worth the cost though, especially for a shorter trip like mine was.
      Thanks for the comment,
      – Nate

    1. Hey Laura,

      The landscape to the last one is very different. That’s what I loved about Iceland, it was all so odd. Wonderful place to see!

      Thanks for the comment,

      Nate

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