A frozen world, sculpted by the winter storms. It’s been a wild winter this year, often making it near impossible to leave town, but occasionally the weather has been kind enough to head out and explore. After a 30m descent into this glacial moulin with the team at @localguide , we were greeted with a spectacular view looking up from the base. It was quite the climb back to the surface ⛏ #iceland
Current views up north. While on a shoot up at Tröllaskagi this week, we experienced one of those magical days where the weather threw something surprising at us with every passing hour. Here you can see a moment where clear skies swiftly turned to snowfall, later becoming some of the biggest snowflakes I’ve ever seen. Was almost impossible to grab focus, but made it all the more fun to shoot. Takk @huldahalldora for the portrait ❄️
Brandugla. A rare moment with an Icelandic short-eared owl in the south. I’d always dreamed of seeing an owl in the wildness of Iceland. It took months of searching and countless attempts to capture this image, but eventually the moment presented itself when this beautiful owl silently flew by and landed right next to me. #iceland
What started it all. I’ll never get tired of watching the mist wrap around the jagged mountain peaks along the ring road. Driving around Iceland is always full of surprises. Often what seems like just a cloudy sky can suddenly open up to a magnificent and unexpected view of of outlet glaciers and mountains.
A hint of colour amidst an Arctic gale. I’ll always remember this day, the town of Longyearbyen hunkered down as a big wind storm hit the coast. Whilst the wind slammed me in the face, there was a herd of reindeers that strolled by so peacefully, completely unfazed by the elements.
The incredible heart shaped peak of Uummannaq rising above a distant iceberg on the sea ice. Was interesting to see mountain light up in the evening. The street light from the settlement shone up from the front, while the glow of the setting sun on the horizon added some backlight from the North. Experiencing the chill of a clear winters night in the high Arctic is something I’ll always long for, it’s damn cold but worth every minute.
Bringing in the new year with a little less snow than usual. Spending a week on the cliffs of Hornstrandir is by far one of my best summer memories. Hiking around such a remote and untouched corner of Iceland, your days become focused solely on existence and being present in nature. Taking time to breathe, lay down in the tall grass and watch as the local wildlife pass by, the daily stresses that can crawl into your mind simply cease to exist out there. Heading back to our camp in the midnight blue hour most evenings, we’d often meet the clouds as they began to engulf the land around us. Watching the birds glide in and out of the clouds really put the scale of these incredible cliffs into perspective. What I’ve learned from these environments is that it’s almost always possible to bring that mountain mindset back to daily life, and it can bring an overwhelming sense of clarity. Here’s to a peaceful 2020 friends 🙌🏼
Moments from a sea ice crossing. Working in two dogsled teams, we ventured towards the island known as Uummannaq. Passing in and out of the fog amidst an isolated abyss of Arctic ice, time really stood still out there. After a whole day on the sleds in freezing winter temperatures, it was a brilliant moment to jump off and run along side the sled to regain warmth. You have to keep up though, or the dogs will disappear into the distance. Returning to town, we were greeted by one of the @uummannaqfjordtours sled puppies. Another memorable day on the ice up North ❄️
Capturing the last light shining down over the contrasted layers of Vatnajökull. So interesting to see these dark lines of ash and sediment on the ice sheet. They cover such vast distances, sometimes as far as the eye can see. #iceland