To sum it up, Iceland is incredibly beautiful! The nature is really breathtaking. It's difficult to explain in words, so come with me and follow me around: here is my roadtrip in pictures.
First stop, Black Beach!
Along the south coast of Iceland, with only about 300 residents, Vik still holds the title of the biggest village in the southernmost part of Iceland. Just about 180km away from Reykjavik, you will get to feel the black sand and the warm welcome of locals. But why is this beach black? Because of the black basalt sand!
I think it's one of the most beautiful non-tropical beaches on Earth. If you want a spectacular view, you have to go to the Dyrhólaey Lighthouse. It's absolutely breathtaking.
So.. maybe you want to know, with which equipment did I take my shots there?
My priority was to travel light! And so I packed my luggage with this 3 things!
Sony A6000 (APC-Sensor) Camera
Sony 18-105 F4 G OSS
DJI Mavic Drone (see two of the pictures below)
If you visit black beach, look to the left and you will see Dyrhólaey.
The small peninsula, or promontory, of Dyrhólaey formerly known as "Cape Portland" by seamen. It was formerly an island of volcanic origin, which is also known by the Icelandic word eyja, meaning island.
The view from Dyrhólaey is interesting: To the north is the big glacier Mýrdalsjökull. To the east, the black lava columns of the Reynisdrangar come out of the sea, and to the west the whole coastline in the direction of Selfoss is visible - depending on weather conditions. In front of the peninsula, there is a gigantic black arch of lava standing in the sea, which gave the peninsula its name (meaning: the hill-island with the door-hole).
While you're driving through Iceland you will see these spread all over the island ... Iceland horses. They are beautiful and often very trusting and relaxed, which one can understand, if one relaxes the whole day in this wonderful landscape.
Now we're driving through road 1,
it's a road that leads to Þórsmörk, what we see now from our car is.. Seljalandsfoss, it's one of the best known waterfalls in Iceland located in the South Region. The waterfall drops 60 m (197 ft) and is part of the Seljalands River that has its origin in the volcano glacier Eyjafjallajökull. One of the interesting things about this waterfall is that visitors can walk behind it into a small cave, thats where I took the picture above. It was very wet there and when we left this place we were all totally wet, but the gear still survived!
As you drive through southern Iceland, you'll see overwhelming mountains everywhere, just take off and explore this beautiful landscape! Get out of your car and explore!
Next stop, Geysir!
There is not really much to say, look at the picture. It is simply an amazing natural phenomenon when the geyser goes off every few minutes.
There are usually many tourists in this place, so in order to take pictures without tourists we simply climbed over the barricade and freezed this moment with our camera!
On the last picture of my post you can see me looking wistfully at the landscape and taking in the wonderful sights of nature shortly before our departure.
Iceland, I love you!
.. and we'll see you soon, there's still plenty to explore!
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Go out, explore!
Here is our aftermovie, it was filmed and cut by my friend christian!