Fuji X-T1 - Discovering Iceland

I took the Fuji X-T1 on a week long holiday to Iceland. This is an amazing, out of this world location that is a photography paradise.

Fuji X-T1 - Landscape Scene along the South of the Island.

I went with Discover The World and chose the 'Essential Iceland' package for my fist visit to the country. Essential Iceland takes in the Southern part of the Island and also the 'Golden Circle' North of Reykjavik 

The Scenic Route along the Southern Coast of Iceland takes in some stunning scenery

The Scenic Route along the Southern Coast of Iceland takes in some stunning scenery

Strokkur Geyser Erupting

The Golden Circle

Driving the Golden Circle is a popular day trip for visitors to Iceland. The 300km route covers many beautiful landmarks in a short period of time including Þingvellir National Park, Geysers at Haukadalur and the amazing Gullfoss Waterfall

Self-driving the Golden Circle rather than joining an organized tour allows you stop for photos anytime you want or head off to explore side roads.

There’s no rush when you’re traveling at your own pace. Spend an hour petting Icelandic horses if you want, or wait patiently for perfect clouds to move into your camera frame.

Fuji X-T1 - The beautiful Gullfoss Waterfall

Route 1

Driving in Iceland is fairly easy (at least it was in late September when I visited) and the main Route 1 road is well maintained. A number of spectacular locations can be accessed easily.

Experience the ice wonders of Jokulsarlon glacial lagoon and Myrdalsjokull ice cap.

Fuji X-T1 - Ice and Black Sand beaches near the Jokulsarlon glacial lagoon

Fuji X-T1 - A hint of the Northern Lights above the Myrdalsjokull Ice Cap

The Northern Lights

September is not a bad compromise if you are after seeing the famous Northern Lights (and really who isn't) I was unlucky on my visit with the greater activity of the lights corresponding perfectly with the more cloud covered evenings.

Iceland Waterfalls

Iceland is famous for it's beautiful and un-spoilt waterfalls and none more so than Skogafoss. It is positioned conveniently within sight of the road and often has a vivid rainbow in the scene.

A short dive from Skogafoss is the quite different but equally must see Seljalandsfoss falls where a (very wet) path allows visitors to walk behind the cascading water 

Fuji X-T1 - Icelands waterfalls don't get more famous than the beautiful Skogafoss

Fuji X-T1 - Cascading water from the path behind Seljalandsfoss falls

Iceland Beaches

Iceland is famous for its volcanic Black Sand Beaches and the beach at Vik is well worth a visit. You might be surprised to find a large cafe at the end of the path down to the sand which is very convenient for a meal break.

Fuji X-T1 - Beach at Vik, Iceland

Do you come here Hofn?

The end of the journey on this trip was the excellent Hotel Smyrlabjorg. We were upgraded to a suite with truly breathtaking panoramic views of the Glaciers. The dawn light on Route 1 near the small town of Hofn was perfect.

Fuji X-T1 - Route 1 near Hofn

I followed Route 1 a couple of miles to the East of Hofn and captured some beautiful dawn light.

Taken with Samsun S6 Edge Mobile

Equipment

I travelled light, taking Fuji X-T1, Fuji 18-135mm and Fuji 14mm Prime. The Trusty 18-135mm is a convenient travel lens with a useful zoom range. The weather sealing comes in very useful. In just one day I alone I encountered:

  • Rain Shower (always a chance)
  • Waterfall Mist at Skogafoss
  • Sea Spay at Vik
  • Hot Water from a Geyser!

The 14mm fast prime is useful for wide angle night scenes and the off-chance of an appearance of the Aurora

In Summary

Iceland is an amazing country. It exceeds all expectations and I will certainly go there again. I have so much more of the Island to discover - Where does this road through the mountains lead?