The earth around us alive with earthquake, volcanic and geothermal activity, we took the ring road around the circumference of the island on a 9-day journey. On our return to Reykjavik I spent a day on a photo tour of the Snaefellsnes Peninsula. With a population of only 326,000, and a landscape shaped by extreme earth forces and weather, Iceland was a wide-open playground for my camera.
Before we left the Bardarbunga Volcano kept threatening to erupt but when it finally did there was no ash and was not a threat to air travel. While we were there Bardarbunga kept erupting and no one was allowed to get close except by air. Sometimes late at night you could see the red glow from the eruption off in the distance.
There are waterfalls everywhere you look in Iceland. They cascade down the mountains fed by glaciers and other sources. These were some of the more magnificent ones.
Iceland is geologically active with many volcanoes and geysers. With the widespread availability of geothermal power, and the harnessing of many rivers and waterfalls for hydroelectricity, most residents have access to inexpensive hot water, heating and electricity. All these photos were taken at Namaskaro with bubbling sulphuric mud springs, geysers and crazy clouds from Bardarbunga swirling around.
I think Iceland wins the prize for the sheer variety of landscapes that reveal so much about how they were formed if you know where to look for the geological clues.
As we traveled around Iceland, I couldn’t help but notice how many abandoned farmhouses and other structures there were. Farming is not easy in Iceland and the country was hit hard by the 2008 recession and financial crisis.