A photo essay on the landscape and seascape of iceland

 


 

2._The_eastern_end_of_Flatey_Flat_Island_Skjlfandi_bay_on_a_hazy_midsummer_evening._It_was_permanently_inhabited_until_the_late_1960s._Now_the_dwellings_are_maintained_as_summer_houses.__preview.jpeg

The eastern end of Flatey (‘Flat Island’, Skjálfandi bay) on a hazy midsummer evening. It was permanently inhabited until the late 1960s; now the dwellings are maintained as summer houses.

 

 

19._Humpback_whale_fluking_-_a_typical_behaviour_of_these_whales_just_before_deep_diving._It_is_also_very_useful_for_identifying_individuals_as_each_whale_carries_a_unique__pattern_on_the_underside_of_their_fluke.__preview.jpeg

A humpback whale ‘fluking’ off the north coast of Iceland. Fluking is a typical behaviour of these whales just before deep diving. It is also useful for identifying individuals, as each whale carries a unique pattern on the underside of their fluke. 

 

 

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The snowcapped dome of Skálavíkurhnjúkur (1094m) stands silently above Skjálfandi Bay



16._Blue_whale_-_it_is_rare_to_have_both_the_blowholes_and_diminutive_dorsal_fin_in_view_simultaneously._This_distance_is_approximately_1_3_of_the_total_length_of_the_animal._Blue_whales_are_the_largest_animal_ever_to_have_lived_on_earth.__preview.jpeg

The vast bulk of a surfacing blue whale; it is rare to have both the blowholes and diminutive dorsal fin in view simultaneously. This distance is approximately 1/3 of the total length of the animal. Blue whales are the largest living animals on Earth.



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Þriggja nafna fjallið , or ‘The Mountain with three names’; its profile changes depending on the location of the observer



43._Churning_water_at_the_base_of_Dettifoss_on_the_Jkuls__Fjllum_river_which_flows_from_Vatnajkull_to_the_south._preview.jpeg

Churning water at the base of Dettifoss, on the Jökulsá á Fjöllum river, which flows from Vatnajökull to the south



14._Orcas_-unlike_the_resident_populations_found_in_western_Iceland_the_groups_visiting_the_bay_only_stay_for_a_short_time_following_a_particular_abundance_of_prey_species.__preview.jpeg

Orcas surfacing off the north coast of Iceland. Unlike the resident populations found in western Iceland, the groups visiting the bay at Husavik only stay for a short time, following a particular abundance of prey species.



13._A_schooner_sets_out_northwards_behind_a_profusion_of_the_controversial_Alaskan_Lupin_the_plant_was_imported_in_the_1940s_to_prevent_topsoil_erosion_but_has_since_ferociously_outcompeted_native_species._preview.jpeg

A schooner sets out northwards from Husavik into the wilderness of the far North Atlantic; in the foreground is a profusion of the controversial Alaskan Lupin. The plant was imported to Iceland in the 1940s to prevent topsoil erosion, but has since ferociously outcompeted native species.



8._Waiting_for_whales_on_a_calm_day_aboard_topsail_schooner_Opal_preview.jpeg

View from the crow's nest: waiting for whales on a calm day off the north coast of Iceland aboard topsail schooner Opal



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Looking west towards Víknafjöll as a whale rises for air in the foreground



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Schooner Hildur appears out of dense fog



7._The_prominent_blow_of_a_Fin_whale_the_second_largest_mammal_on_earth_preview.jpeg

The prominent blow of a fin whale; fin whales are the second largest living animal after the blue whale



12._Humpback_whale_surfacing_preview.jpeg

A humpback whale surfaces a short distance off the wild cliffs of the north Icelandic coast



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Fulmars take flight, startled by a surfacing humpback whale 



23._Post-sunset_the_sky_above_Mvatn_is_illuminated_by_the_firey_glow_of_the_fissure_eruption_at_-Brarbunga_a_few_hundred_kilometres_away_to_the_south_preview.jpeg

Post-sunset, the summer sky above Mývatn is illuminated by the glow of the fissure eruption at Bárðarbunga, a few hundred kilometres away to the south



 

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