May 2018 was summer in Iceland and I had no desire to see the Aurea Borealis as it would be frigid cold in winter. The Land of the midnight Sun did not disappoint. We were the only ones awake and still photographing around the lake at 12 midnight! The Sun shone as if it was high noon. We told ourselves we needed to go to sleep or else our onward journey will be disrupted. Many locations were off-limits to drones. Th waterfalls were breath-taking and the bird-life did not disappoint, too.
Seljalandfoss waterfalls – with over 60m cascades. The Godafoss waterfalls – falls from 12m over 60m width. Also known as Waterfall of the Gods.
The Hallgrimskirkja, a Lutheran parish church in Reykjavík – 74.5m tall. The largest church in Iceland. Haukadalur geothermal area and double rainbow at Hengifoss waterfalls.
The Strokklur – erupts 65 feet every 5-10 mins (Haukadalur valley).
Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon – a surreal experience. Worth staying longer there.
Hvitserkur – troll of the northwest of Iceland, rising 49 feet from Hunafloi Bay, Dynjandi (means thunderous) waterfalls – over 100m.
Our timing was not perfect. The puffins did not return with sanderlings between the beaks. The eggs were not even laid yet!
Lupine flowers, Oystercatcher, Red-neck Phalarope
This ram wanted to ram me down. Luckily my tripod came to my rescue. Now I can fully understand its name. Wild Horses roaming free (almost). Borgarvirki natural fortress in north-west Iceland and is of basalt strata and at 177m above sea level.
Slavonian Grebe, Long-tailed Duck, Great Northern Diver
Elder Duck, Common Teal, Wigeon
Mallard in flight, Scaup, Common Gull
Female and male Tufted Duck, Breeding colony of Common Guillemot.
Black-backed Gull, Long-tailed Duck in flight, Tufted Duck
Black-tailed Godwit, Common Snipe
Artic Tern, Black-headed Gull
Redwing, Whopper Swan, White Wagtail
Red-shank, Oystercatcher, Purple Sandpiper
Hraunfossar waterfalls – formed by rivulets over the Hallmundarhraun lava field
Church at beach town of Breioavik
The superabundance of midget flies in summer over lake Mývatn. Face nettings are a must to avoid the irritating insects.
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