THROUGH MY LENS: Skaftafell – A special place on earth
Skaftafell, where sands meet mountains and glaciers.
I want to tell you about a place where I spent my first years in Iceland. A place of pure beauty and landscape that you will remember for a long time. Many would call it the true definition of “in the middle of nowhere” and it’s not for everyone to live here. Sorrounded by nature this is a perfect place if you’re a nature child or if you want to escape reality for a while.
The place I’m talking about is Skaftafell and is situated in the south east of Iceland in an area called Öræfi (translated desert). The area is located just underneath Vatnajökull, one of Europes largest glaciers. When you drive through the area you will understand why it got it’s name. On one side you have a black sand desert that stretches all the way to the ocean, on the other side you have the massive Vatnajökull ice cap with many high peaks, including Hvannadalshnúkur, Iceland’s highest mountain.
During my time in Skaftafell I spent my free time hiking the area and exploring the nature around. I also caught an interest for photography and bought my first DSLR camera. I often thought to my self how lucky I was to live in an area that people payed a lot of money and spent a lot of time and effort to get to. There I was, able to enjoy some of the best moments offered through many years, with my camera held high.
Here below are some of my favorite pictures I took while living there and I think you will understand why I talk to highly of the place once you see the photos.
Summer and sunsets
The summers in Iceland are magical and the days are literally endless. There isn’t any shortage of sunsets and burning skies in the beginning and end of the summer either. Here are some of my favorites.
Northern lights (aurora borealis)
Northern lights, the lovely Aurora Borealis is best seen in remote areas far away from any light. The Skaftafell area does not have many man made lights and is therefore a prime spot to photograph this mystic light. During my time in Skaftafell I got to experience the most amazing northern lights I’ve ever seen. Here are some of my favorite northern lights pictures from that time.
Winter and glaciers
Winter and snow arrives in Iceland in October/November and stays until spring and stays in the mountains until early summer. This gives great opportunities for spring skiing. Glaciers is also a common sight in Iceland and especially the Skaftafell area.