“It’s a photographers paradise”. You might have heard this before about Iceland. Well, I certainly have. But is it really? And if it is, what exactly is it that people are referring to, when they say that there is no place better to take a landscape photo than here, in Iceland.
One thing is sure though. No way you can say that Iceland is undiscovered by photographers. Certainly, not in the last few years. A number of photo tours and workshops have been rapidly increasing and there’s a stream of amateur and professional photographers coming in all year around. However, this land has still many places that are untouched by men. Rugged and pristine is how I would describe landscapes I have encountered deep inside valleys and highlands. Part of me wants for it to stay this way. And the only way to accomplish it is by keeping people out. However, there is something magnetic about theses places that attract us. And when you see them, you want to share this beauty with the rest of the world. I think a compromise is in place here. To get to these places you must work hard. No roads or signs. It should stay a challenge.
One must remember, Iceland is a giant volcano. Come to think of it, all land in the world came to existence through various volcanic processes, however, in Iceland, you have a first-row seat to experience the formation of the land. Do not expect to see erupting volcanoes the minute you step on Iceland, but if you look closely you can see traces of volcanic activity everywhere – lava fields, craters, ridges, and dykes. All of these places are great for photography. I will not go into details, but there are different types of volcano and they erupt in different ways and in different circumstances. All this adds to landscapes that are different from each other. So it does not matter, where you are going, you can expect that the landscape will look unique.