Iceland Part 1 - Entering Iceland - MadsPeterIversenPhotography

Part 1 - Entering Iceland


I wanted to go to Iceland and just focus on photography for as long time as possible. It turned out I could spare three weeks in October, of which I had to spend six days on the ferry Norröna since I wanted to bring a car.

When I arrived in Seyðisfjörður in Iceland the weather was cloudy, rainy and boring, but after three days on a ferry, I was just excited to get started!

My first goal was Hengifoss, which is located south of Eiríksstaðir.

On the road down to Hengifoss I realized how lucky I had been arriving in Iceland at that time of year! The few trees and forests up there were burning with the colors of autumn. Even for a Dane the vivid colors was an impressive sight!

When I arrived at the waterfall, I did not realize that I had to hike up a mountain to get to my goal, but my spirit was high with the idea of photographing my first ever waterfall, so that wasn’t a problem at all – just an amazing experience!

With my gear on my back, I started climbing. Rolling hills, cliffs, yellow bushes, small streams and a fantastic view made up for the lactic acid in my thighs and when I passed Litlanefsfoss with the beautiful basalt columns I really felt my adventure had started!

After 45 minutes, I reached Hengifoss and as a starting point of my journey, it was perfect! From home I had prepared a few techniques I wanted to try out, which included long exposure and a vertical landscape with a good fore- middle- and background. With a few different shots and a little post-processing my first landscape art picture came out really well!

As the teacher I am this was a great opportunity to show of the enormous difference an object can have when shooting at two different focal lengths. The one above is shot at 16mm and the one below here is shot at 70mm. It does not go unnoticed that the waterfall is bigger in latter, even though the camera is actually further away from the waterfall. That’s because moving back and zooming in compresses the foreground and the background.