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20 Beautiful HDR Photographs of the Marvels and Mysteries of Iceland

The only place in the world were you can witness such marvels and mysteries of nature as a huge iceberg and endless glaciers, towering volcanoes and powerful geysers, raging rivers, magnificent waterfalls, jagged fjyords and experience the barren Highlands. Yes, Iceland is a photographers dream.
Iceland is the home of Ásmundur E. Þorkelsson, a painter and photographer who lives on the small south coast island of Vestmannaeyjar (the Westmen Isles). His images may look unreal to “orthodox” photographers, but that’s exactly what he wants, the avoidance of kitsch. All the images below are his, and they speak for themselves.
A Rift (Álfagjá (Elves rift))

HDR from Iceland

“I didn’t notice any elves on my way through. Just as well, according to Icelandic folklore you are most likely to notice them if you disturb their peace.”

Chimneys

HDR from Iceland

December Sun((Thingvellir National Park)

HDR from Iceland

“This is river Öxará and the image was taken in early December when the sun just manages to lift itself above the horizon.”


High Noon

HDR from Iceland

“Snow, warm water and sun. Just to clarify. This is not a sunset, it’s taken just before noon at 12:18 (24h format). “

Hólmaberg

HDR from Iceland

“I sat down one autumn day on the edge of Hólmaberg to make an image about the strong waves breaking on the rocks down below. Just to give you some idea on the proportions in this frame I would guess that the lighthouse is a at least 10m high.”

Ice and Fire ((The Blue Lagoon SPA)

HDR from Iceland

“The apparent fire is just illuminated steam rising from the outdoor spa.”

Kaldakvísl

HDR from Iceland

“The name means “Cold river”.

Lifering and Three Whaleboats

HDR from Iceland

“The entire Icelandic whaling fleet in Reykjavik harbour where it has been for the last two decades, collecting rust.”

Needs Fixin’ (Hvassahraun)

HDR from Iceland


Remains of the Day (Nauthólsvík in Reykjavík)

HDR from Iceland

Remains of Winter (Straumsvík)

HDR from Iceland

River of Dreams (Elliðaárdalur Valley)

HDR from Iceland

“This is river Elliðaá in the Elliðaárdalur valley. It’s a beautiful park located in the geographical center of Reykjavík. The river has wild salmon and fishing there costs a small fortune. But it’s free to walk around and take photos.”

Steaming Pond (Öskjuhlíð)

HDR from Iceland

Summer Night (Húsafell)

HDR from Iceland

Summer Night in Reykjavík (Elliðaárdalur Valley)

HDR from Iceland

Sunset at the Beach

HDR from Iceland

“This is the geothermal beach in Reykjavík. Swimming in the cold sea is a hot trend now and most day’s you could find a few people taking a brief swim in the freezing north Atlantic ocean.”

The Perilous Bridge (Svartsengi)

HDR from Iceland

“The place is Svartsengi, home to a geothermal powerplant and the Blue lagoon.”

Misty Mountain (Mt. Thorbjorn)

HDR from Iceland

Shattered Dreams

HDR from Iceland

Sigurhæðir

HDR from Iceland

“Sigurhæðir might be translated to “Victory heights”. This house was built by Matthías Jochumsson in 1903. Matthías was a priest and a poet and the author of the poem “Lofsöngur” a.k.a. “Ó guð vors lands”, Iceland’s national anthem

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