Kirkjufellsfoss on the Snæfellsnes Peninsula in Iceland has got to be perhaps the most ideal of landscapes, it’s a landscape photographers dream location. First there is the mountain, Kirkjufell, which from this angle has a lovely alluring shape, especially with a sprinkling of snow on it. Then there is a beautiful glacial river and waterfall that runs right past it, and then from the waterfall to Kirkjufell you are facing roughly North-West, which is ideal for dawn colours in clouds. The trick is to be prepared for those random rain showers, snow flurries and near cyclonic winds, but it’s ok, it doesn’t seem to last very long so you just need to wait it out to get your shots.
This is of course the same location as the previous post, and a much earlier post from several months ago Kirkjufellsfoss at Sunrise, all three images were shot on the same morning only a few minutes apart from different spots around the scene. I’m sure there are many more possible shots at this lovely location and I’m looking forward to returning later this year with my Photographic Tour to Iceland to explore it a bit further.
This image shot on the Hasselblad H4D-60 and the 28mm lens.
The Snæfellsnes Peninsula is North of Reykjavik and seems absolutely crowded with beautiful scenery. Wild coastline, stunning waterfalls, eerily shaped mountains and lava fields, small stone churches and shaggy Icelandic horses, to name a few of the highlights. This images is shot from the small stone bridge crossing the river just above Kirkjufellsfoss (the waterfall) looking down the falls to the coast at sunrise, just as the clouds had parted and the light poured in. Just a few minutes earlier it was a different kind of pouring as it both rained then snowed on me while I waited for the dawn. Hey, not that I’m complaining, the Icelandic people have many sayings about the weather… the one that is relevant here is… “there is no bad weather, just incorrect clothing”. I had the correct clothing for a change, even my camera had a rain jacket!
Shot on the Hasselblad H4D-60 with the 28mm lens.
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Hey I’ve got a couple of spots left on my Photographic Tour to Iceland in August this year, and the early bird special runs out in 3 days. It saves you about US$400 so if you are thinking of coming, now is the time to book…
Kirkjufell on the Snæfellsnes Peninsula of Iceland is a mystical mountain that looks like something out of Lord of the Rings, in fact it may have even been used in the Lord of the Rings. I didn’t see any Hobbits, but then it was about 2 degrees and raining when I was there, so they were probably all at home in front of the fire! The waterfall strategically placed in front of Kirkjufell, Kirkjufellsfoss (Foss is Icelandic for waterfall), only adds to the magic of the place, especially for photographers.
Shot on the Hasselblad H4D-60 with the 28mm lens at sparrows fart with frozen fingers! This image has had about 3.5 minutes of post processing in Lightroom (along with the 2 previous images), so it looks very “raw”.
Back in Amsterdam after an intense 10 day whirlwind tour of Iceland and driving nearly 2000km. All I want to do just now is sleep, something I didn’t do very much of over there. But before bed here is a picture from the first day or so of the Snæfellsnes Peninsula Lava field with this amazing moss that really is this green. Really!
Image shot with a Hasselblad H4D-60 and a 50mm Lens. So did Iceland live up to my expectations? Oh yes!