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Mysterious Lands

Posted by
Darkelf Photography (Perth, Australia) on 21 September 2017 in Landscape & Rural.


This is the kind of Iceland that I have come to love the most - dark, brooding, mysterious. The volcanic mountains with roads weaving their way through ash and lava fields. This is the rugged beauty that appeals to me the most.

On the last day of our trip we drove through some heavy rain towards the Fjallabak Nature Reserve hoping that the weather would clear up and allow us to explore this area further. We did something very similar in 2015 when we ventured out to Kerlingarfjoll and were greeted with most clear and pristine conditions of the entire trip.

When we arrived at the end of paved road and drove onto route F26, it did start to become brighter. First we decided to try and drive towards Veidivotn - a rugged area comprising of around 50 lakes of different sizes and shapes. Unfortunately the weather turned bad again and we decided no to take our chances at crossing a large stream and turned back.

As we drove back I spotted these strange looking mountains in the distance and as we got closer we stopped to take some photos. I wanted to photograph some of that unique dark and rugged feel of the Icelandic highlands. While you need a good 4WD vehicle to drive on F roads, you do not actually have to drive far to experience these mysterious lands. This spot was only about 25km from where the paved road ended.

You can see the dark clouds that were rolling in and that worked to enhance the mood even further. It was pretty cold out there and with hardly anyone else around - we passed may be two cars on the way - we could really feel the isolation of the highlands. I do not think we could even hear any birds around the place. It is a pity that we could not get to the lake region, however we did get better conditions when we turned towards another gem of Iceland - Landmannalaugar. I will have some photos coming from that location in the near future.

Canon EOS 5D Mark IV 1/30 second F/8.0 ISO 200 50 mm

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