The Golden Circle is a popular tourist route in South Iceland, covering about 300 km looping from Reykjavík into central Iceland and back. The three primary stops on the route are the national park Þingvellir, the waterfall Gullfoss and the geothermally active valley of Haukadalur, which contains the geysers Geysir and Strokkur.
Reykjanes is a peninsula and a volcanic system situated at the south-western end of Iceland, near the capital of Reykjavík. The peninsula is marked by active volcanism and large lava fields. There are numerous hot springs and sulphur springs around the Kleifarvatn lake and the Krýsuvík geothermal area.
Mývatn is a shallow eutrophic lake situated in an area of active volcanism in the north of Iceland, not far from Krafla volcano. The lake and its surrounding wetlands have an exceptionally rich fauna of waterbirds, especially ducks. The lake was created by a large basaltic lava eruption 2300 years ago.
In East Iceland, the visitor will be astonished by the variety and contrast of the landscape. You will find everything, from impressive fjords to friendly and peaceful fishing villages, from fertile and forested valleys to unique geological phenomena. All this is set against a background of impressive mountains and – farther away – Vatnajökull Glacier.
The area of west Iceland is defined by Hvalfjorður in the south to the Westfjords in the north and Langjokull glacier in the east with the countryside of Borgarfjordur and Snaefellsnes peninsula in middle stretching out towards west. West iceland has all the elements; glaciers, lava formations, waterfalls, geothermal activity and history.
The South of Iceland is unique and that part of the country which by far the greatest numbers of foreign visitors come to. Everything that makes Iceland interesting to visit can be found here the year around, from Glaciers, Geysirs, Highlands, Volcanoes, Mountains, Waterfalls to Icelandic horses.
The lagoon measures about 7 square miles (20 km2) and until 1932 was covered in thick glacial ice. Then the glacier started to retreat, and nowadays more than 300 feet (100 m) of ice breaks away each year to reshape the lagoon and fill it with spectacular icebergs. The lagoon is open to the sea and so contains a mixture of salt and freshwater, giving it a unique blue-green color.
The Landmannalaugar area is a popular tourist destination and hiking hub in Iceland's highlands. The area displays a number of unusual geological elements, like the multicolored rhyolite mountains and expansive lava fields. The many mountains in the surrounding area display a wide spectrum of colors.
Thórsmörk is a mountain ridge in Iceland that was named after the Norse god Thor (Þór). It is situated in the south of Iceland between the glaciers Tindfjallajökull and Eyjafjallajökull.
The Highlands of Iceland cover most of the interior of Iceland. They are situated above 400–500 metres and are mostly an uninhabitable volcanic desert, because the water precipitating as rain or snow infiltrates so quickly into the ground that it is unavailable for plant growth, which results largely in a surface of grey, black or brown earth, lava and volcanic ashes.
The Northern Lights, also called Aurora Borealis are one of the most spectacular shows on this earth and can frequently be seen in Iceland from September through April on clear and crisp nights. The Northern Lights occur high above the surface of the earth where the atmosphere has become extremely thin, in an altitude of 100-250km.
Hallo, my name is Arnold van Wijk, I'm a Dutch Landscape Photographer, Born in The Hague in 1966 and a passionate Landscape and Nature Photographer with a great love for the Icelandic Nature. I fell in love with this Country back in 1988, when I visited Iceland for the first time. And believe me, once you've been there, it will never let you go.
This Photographic Journey is dedicated to one of the most beautiful Countries I've ever visited and will let you experience the force of Nature, the stunning colors, the mighty waterfalls and the desolate Highlands but also peacefully landscapes, which I photographed in the last years during Summer and Winter. But there's still a lot to explore, so this album will keep on growing in the future. Some parts of Iceland (folders) contain al lot of images, others just a few and hopefully will be supplemented with new photographic material in the coming years.