It’s no secret that I love Iceland! I want to share a bunch of photos with you today, and I’ll give you the names of the locations too so you can go find them when you have your own Icelandic adventure! (When, not if)
This is Skógafoss. It’s an enormous waterfall showing the sheer might and energy of nature. The flowers in the foreground are Lupines, and throughout the spring they bloom all across the country because the volcanic soil is packed full of delicious nutrients. Skógafoss is usually portrayed as somewhat of an angry and vast monster of a waterfall, so a shot like this puts it in a completely different light.
Here’s Stokksnes on the Vestrahorn peninsula. This black sand beach extends out to the sea and ends with a former United States Navy radar station, now unused, before the might of the Atlantic shapes the landscape behind it. These mountains are locally and internationally famous.
This is the Anaconda Ice Cave, deep within Vatnajökull. More specifically, Myrdasjökull, a glacial tongue near Jökulsárlon, the ice lagoon. Don’t go there alone though! There are plenty of guided tours where you’ll be safe and the guides know the glacier well enough to keep you from falling into a crevice you won’t find your way out of! With the changes of the season the caves are carved to pieces by the glacial rivers, so this cave may not even be here next year.
While we’re onto ‘cold’ photos, here’s Seljalandsfoss during the winter. This waterfall pours off the edge of the mountain and there’s a big gap behind it that you can walk behind! Pretty cool, right? Here’s the view from the back: –
Taken at the opposite end of the year to the shot above, the view out from the waterfall is to the west and perfect for sunset.
You can get yourself up close and personal with a glacier without having to actually go on it, like here at Solheimajökull. There’s always going to be a bit of a walk to any glacier, but this one’s pretty short and once you’ve reached it from the walk up the valley you can touch it and feel the cold for yourself.
Not far from Sólheimajökull is Sólheimasandur, a vast expanse of black sand upon which sits the wreck of a United States Navy, where it’s rested since 1974. There are many stories about how the plane got there, but if you dig in the stories here at capturewithdave.com you’ll find the true story straight from the mouth of one of the Icelandic Search and Rescue team who was there on that day.
Ever heard of the Diamond Beach? This beach is the landing platform for the many icebergs which flow out from the Glacier Lagoon, and legend has it that it’s from here that the iceberg which sank the Titanic came. I can’t find any proof, though!
The horses are everywhere! Between Selfoss and Hella there are a lot of horses, but you’ll find them in plenty of places. They are horses, by the way, don’t be calling them ponies! They have their own gait unique amongst the horse world too, so they can cope with the Icelandic terrain.
If you’re looking for Icelandic inspiration for your trip you’ll find plenty more photos over on my Instagram feed!