“I move slow and steady
But I feel like a waterfall
Yeah, I move slow and steady
Past the ones that I used to know”
Of Monsters and Men (Icelandic band)
Photo/words by @chrisburkard
“Around 2010 I was in Ireland getting ready to head home from an assignment. I got a call from a friend @hammered_sam
who had been tracking a hurricane that was taking an unusual path & heading into the North Atlantic. We guessed that if it made its way all the way up & didn’t lose energy it could be a once in a lifetime swell. Last minute flights were booked & we headed to Iceland. Sam & I had both been many times but this was unlike anything we’d experienced. The weather & water was warmer than I’d ever felt it, forcing us to take off gloves & booties. The wind raged offshore & tiny volcanic sand particle blasted our car & any exposed lenses & body parts. You had to walk backwards in order to not get it in your eyes. Tropical weather mixed with Icelands glacial inversion & it created hurricane force winds. The last day of our trip, the last session actually, was unforgettable in many ways & ended up on the cover of @surfer_magazine
Photo Annual. The first time such a remote & often fickle place had been on the cover. Perfect A-Frames surged up & down the beach with mechanical current. Years of surfing heavy east coast sandbars came into play as @hammered_sam
traded off wave after wave. Our skin glowed orange from what we all agreed was the best sunset we had ever seen”
Hverfjall is a tephra cone or tuff ring volcano 🌋 in northern Iceland, to the east of Mývatn. It erupted in 2500 BP. The crater is approximately 1 km in diameter with an elevation of 1,378 feet. The black ash cone of ungodly proportions makes you feel like you’re on another planet. The walk around the base of the volcano, then up the steep slope was fall over windy, but the view from atop was epic. I would have loved to experience this volcano in the snow. It was mesmerizing how the natural structure has not been damaged by visitors. There is nothing keeping you from falling into the 140m hole or climbing down another part of the face of the crater. There are no park rangers, just you and the earth. The size of some of the sheer rock that was ejected from the earth that still lay in the crater was 😳. It is hard to grasp the size of the ring in these photos, the pictures do not do it justice. The famous side widely photographed captured at ground level miles away is not pictured here. #iceland #myvatn #iwasontopofavolcsno #ungodly #Hverfjall #theringroad #roadtrip
Looking for elves in the lupines. These flowers were in bloom all over the countryside of Iceland however they aren’t native and were introduced to the land by a doctor because the tea brewed from the leaves is believed to have positive effects on cancer.
Aurora Borealis aka The Northern Lights. A natural electrical phenomenon on many experienced travellers bucket list. They can be seen from Norway, Sweeden, Denmark among other places. The Ice Igloos of Kakslauttanen Arctic Resort in Finland are high up on my bucket list. 🇫🇮🇩🇰🇸🇪🇳🇴🇮🇸 📸@johnygoerend
Thought I’d switch up my feed with more landscapes for a change. Feeling super grateful lately about all the amazing places I have had the privilege to visit. I’ve been to 10 countries in the past 12 months from a total of 21 in my life and Iceland is by far still the most breathtaking one I have seen. This one is from the top of a waterfall, mist coming up as the sun was setting.
This glacier (I did not write down its name) is nearby Svínafellsjökull Glacier, near Hofn. This is the closest I've photographed one and they are immense in size. It looked about a 1km to walk to it, but it ended up being 4km drive plus a few hour hike! This glacier from up close gave me the impression of shark's teeth!
#glacier #iceland #landscape #fineartphotography
While taking a morning hike near Landmannalaugar Camp, the morning sun rose and reflected off the flowing currents down the valley. Usually, I put on a circular polarizer to remove the glare but here I added it to accentuate it.
#landmannalaugar #iceland #abstract #fineartphotography
Water Is Life. "Finally."
"The pleasure in traveling consists of the obstacles, the fatigue, and even the danger. What charm can anyone find in an excursion when he is always sure of reaching his destination, of having horses ready waiting for him, a soft bed, an excellent supper, and all the eases and comfort he can enjoy in his own home!
One of the great misfortunes of modern life is the want of any sudden surprise, and the absence of all adventure.
Everything is so well arranged."
~ Wanderings in Spain -
Theophile Gautier (1811-1872)
Yes it was beautiful but it also smelled like dray's breath