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The Art of Photography => Landscape Showcase => Topic started by: Rajan Parrikar on May 19, 2022, 09:41:34 am

Title: Syra Fjallabak: Axlafoss
Post by: Rajan Parrikar on May 19, 2022, 09:41:34 am
Syra Fjallabak: Axlafoss. (https://blog.parrikar.com/2022/05/19/sydra-fjallabak-axlafoss/)

Title: Re: Syra Fjallabak: Axlafoss
Post by: David Eckels on May 19, 2022, 09:49:29 am
Lovely. The video too. I need to return!
Title: Re: Syra Fjallabak: Axlafoss
Post by: Eric Myrvaagnes on May 19, 2022, 10:20:09 am
Lovely. The video too. I need to return!
+1!!!
Title: Re: Syra Fjallabak: Axlafoss
Post by: francois on May 19, 2022, 11:16:33 am
Superb shot and the other ones on your blog also. The video is really a bonus.
Thank for sharing, Rajan.
Title: Re: Syra Fjallabak: Axlafoss
Post by: kers on May 19, 2022, 12:57:28 pm
beautiful waterfall!
Bit scary to go so close to the waterfall with the drone?
at last we see you making it!
Title: Re: Syra Fjallabak: Axlafoss
Post by: Dave (Isle of Skye) on May 19, 2022, 03:44:07 pm
Great shot Rajan.

My wife is starting to nag me about going to Iceland, as we have never been and she has always wanted to go. So when would you advise would be the best time of year to go Rajan? I know that is a difficult question, due to the vagaries of the weather and the hordes of tourists and photographers at certain times of the year etc. But if there was one two week period form the entire year that you could choose to visit if you didn't live there, when would that be exactly???

Thanks for any help and advice  ;)

Dave
Title: Re: Syra Fjallabak: Axlafoss
Post by: Eric Myrvaagnes on May 19, 2022, 04:49:34 pm
Dave,

I was in Iceland in June several years ago, and that seemed like a stunning time of year to be there.

--Eric
Title: Re: Syra Fjallabak: Axlafoss
Post by: Paulo Bizarro on May 20, 2022, 03:33:51 am
Wonderful.
Title: Re: Syra Fjallabak: Axlafoss
Post by: Rajan Parrikar on May 20, 2022, 04:59:55 am
Thank you, Eric, Dave, Dave (IoS), Francois, Peter, and Paul.
Title: Re: Syra Fjallabak: Axlafoss
Post by: Rajan Parrikar on May 20, 2022, 05:00:53 am
Great shot Rajan.

My wife is starting to nag me about going to Iceland, as we have never been and she has always wanted to go. So when would you advise would be the best time of year to go Rajan? I know that is a difficult question, due to the vagaries of the weather and the hordes of tourists and photographers at certain times of the year etc. But if there was one two week period form the entire year that you could choose to visit if you didn't live there, when would that be exactly???

Thanks for any help and advice  ;)

Dave

Dave,

If photography is the goal, Iceland is compelling almost all year round. I would discourage visiting from April 1 until May 15 even though you will beat the tourist hordes. Thats when the landscape is the least attractive. Winter is on its way out, the snow is melting on mountaintops, and the slopes havent yet taken on the green coat which comes in late May and early June. Furthermore, the window for Northern Lights is very small and you have to stay up very late.

Visiting Iceland in the summer months and winter months is like visiting two entirely different planets. At these northern latitudes the length of day (or night) also changes significantly and you can sense the change from month to month.

June to Aug is peak tourist season (last two years excepted). But it is also the time of 24 hours daylight, green meadows and mountain slopes (note: nothing like the uniformly lush green you are used to in the British isles) and the Highlands are accessible.

September is an excellent month to visit. The length of day and night are balanced, the Fall colours are spectacular if you time it right (say, around Sept 18), the Northern Lights are on display and the Highlands are still accessible (assuming no early snow). The Winter storms are still a few weeks away.

Of course, if you want the magic Arctic light and winter wonderland photography, then Nov, Dec, Jan, & Feb are the months. There is a long twilight even on the shortest days of the year. But you need someone to drive you around on the icy roads (often laced by winds) if you arent used to it.

To summarize, my recommendation for a first time visit: Sept 15-30. Second-best, June/July/Aug.


Title: Re: Syra Fjallabak: Axlafoss
Post by: Rajan Parrikar on May 20, 2022, 05:03:05 am
Dave,

I was in Iceland in June several years ago, and that seemed like a stunning time of year to be there.

--Eric

Eric,

Correct me if I'm wrong - I think that was before the iPhone, Instagram, social media, and mass tourism era.  :D You got to see Iceland in a state few will (I got lucky during the pandemic - 2020 felt like a walk in the past).
Title: Re: Syra Fjallabak: Axlafoss
Post by: Dave (Isle of Skye) on May 21, 2022, 02:14:29 pm
Hi Rajan and thank you so much for that very detailed answer above.

I've had a word with the boss and read her your answer, so we are certainly looking at our options now and when we want to be there, so thanks again, much appreciated.  ;)

Dave
Title: Re: Syra Fjallabak: Axlafoss
Post by: Eric Myrvaagnes on May 22, 2022, 02:58:54 pm
Yes, I think my trip to Iceland was in 1974. Very few tourists to get in the way. Absolutely gorgeous. Two weeks with a hiking club in the South, then flying to Akureyri and car camping in a rental car for another week.

A beautiful June, but we didn't see any other tourists. Ah, the Good Old Days!
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Post by: PeterAit on May 22, 2022, 03:00:40 pm
We were there 6 years ago in late June and it was a great time. We had icelandtours.is arrange things, which consisted of 2 night hotel reservations around the island (2 weeks) and a rental car. We drove the entire ring road with some side excursions. It was one of our best trips ever! Once you get away from the Reykjavik area the tour busses thin out a lot, or completely.

My Iceland portfolio is here, should anyone be interested: http://www.peteraitken.com/Iceland/Iceland-Intro.html