For a nature photographer Iceland is a place of wonder. The landscape is filled with contrasting elements and a dynamic geomorphology still in the making. Forged by active volcanoes and honed by ice, the magic for me was in its raw elemental beauty and brooding primordial power.
“The land is still waking…. ” said Fannar, our guide as we drove past a barren and short cropped stretch near Lake Mývatn. We’d chosen to travel in early June and there was a thrum, a tangible sense of energy as if the mountains were eager to cast off their winter cloaks in haste to catch the warmth of the sun. Summer is short in this northern land and nature surges through an intense season, while the inhabitants seize the day and pack in as much as they can. I found it all quite heady – the buzz, the extraordinary scenes and the richness of colour. Wild flowers were already showing their blooms and the many migratory birds had arrived and were thriving in breeding colonies.
A random selection of scenes follows in this first gallery : Chromatic