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Iceland as I saw it Arne Skinlo September 2018

In September 2018 I attended a photo workshop at Arnarstapi, a two hours drive from Reykjavik. I also had a couple of days in Reykjavik and the area around.

We start i Reykjavik. Iceland is a country with about 350 000 people. Of these, about 70% lives in the Reykjavik area. My first impression when arriving in Reykjavik was how much they invest in culture. An example is The Islandic Opera I spent hours in and around the building in different light.

The Icelandic Opera front view
The Icelandic Opera from the sea side
The Icelandic Opera interior
The Icelandic Opera interior
The Icelandic Opera detail
Viking Monument

Hallgrimskirkja is the biggest church on Iceland and among the tallest structures in the country. It took 41 years to build the church: construction started in 1945 and ended in 1986.

Hallgrimskirkja at night
Hallgrimskirkja at sunset
Hallgrimskirkja interior
Fish and tourism is important incomes for Iceland. Reykjavik is a modern city that has developed rapidly the past years.

The area around Reykjavik is packed with historical and natural sites like Thingvellir, Golden Falls and the Geysir.

Thingvellir takes its name from Alþing (Althing), the national parliament of Iceland, which was founded at Þingvellir in 930 and held its sessions there until 1798. Þingvellir is a site of historical, cultural, and geological significance, and is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Iceland. The park lies in a rift valley that marks the crest of the Mid-Atlantic Ridge and the boundary between the North American and Eurasian tectonic plates. Wikipedia

Thingvellir. The rift to the left.
This waterfall was handmade by the thing men in order to get water to when the Althing was in session.
Detail from Thingvellir

The Gullfoss waterfall in the river Hvítá is probably one of the best-known landmarks in Iceland.

Gullfoss
Gullfoss

The geysir area is one of the most visited places on Iceland and is an icon for the country. The old geysir is no longer erupting, but a new one is live. The eruptions are infrequent, but normally between two to ten minutes between each. The geysir can throw boiling water up to 70 metres in the air.

Geysir
Geysir close-up

The photo workshop I attended with Arnfinn Johnsen had its camp at Arnarstapi on the Snæfellnes peninsula, about two hours by car from Reykjavik.

The coast line here is just amazing and is without comparison to anything I have seen before. It just has to be experienced! Below I will show some of my captures from the area. Every new site gave us a new wow experience.

Londrangar Cliffs
More Seascapes
Oh Lord, .........
Svortuloft Lighthouse. Note the person at the left.

There is plenty for space on Iceland if you want to be alone. Even churches are on remote places far away from people. Seagulls also seems to need some time alone.

If you want to be alone ......

There is a lot of wind on Iceland and we had a great time here catching the waves at the right moment.

We went out 5.30 am to this place while it was still dark. We put up our gear and waited for the light. It was sort of a mystical atmosphere as the light slowly illuminated the deserted houses and the surroundings.

I hope you liked my story. If would want to see more of my pictures, please go to my webpage.

Webpage: arneskinlo.com

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