Colorful Iceland

Cold, windy, wet and raw. That’s what comes to mind when you think of Iceland. And you are right. Iceland can be a very dark, moody and “hard” place. Personally I like that a lot.
This cold and dark vibe gives a nice and moody touch to your photography. Something I like to capture, and with me tons of other photographers too. Take a look at other work on my website and Instagram for that type of work…. But okay, the title of this blog is “Colourful Iceland” so there’s a bunch of vibrant and colourful photographs in this post. Iceland can be very very colourful and bright as well. In summer when there’s a lot of daylight, and no setting sun. But also in winter, with short days and the sun rising and setting throughout the entire day. You will get some crazy good conditions and amazing light if you are lucky. Last month I was on a photography workshop with Páll Jökull, and oh boy.. we got lucky!

Take a look at these images below, popping colors, nice light. All shots were taken on my previous workshop in Iceland.
Also, Páll and myself are offering a Summer photography workshop in Northern Iceland this summer.
Check it out right here: NORTHERN ICELAND - SUMMER WORKSHOP

Loftsalahellir Cave

Reynisdrangar Seastack

Diamond Beach

Sas stack as seen from Dyrholaey

The Reynisdrangar sea stacks seen from Vik

Glacier Lagoon during sunset

“Secret waterfall”

Páll on a hike, crazy light!

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Waterfall in Eiði - The Faroe Islands

In the Faroe Islands there are a lot of waterfalls, big, small, popular and a little bit more unknown.
This particular one is located just north from the town of Eiði, on Eysturoy island. It is fairly unknown, but rising in popularity among photographers. I don't know if it has an official name, not too sure.

I’ve heard that this waterfall isn’t always there. For example in the summer, when there’s less water in the streams on the hill the waterfall will be reduced to a mere single stream running down the cliff. But in Autumn when I visited this location there was a decent amount of water plunging down into the Atlantic ocean. Take a look at some of my shots from this location.

Panorama of the entire coastline just outside of Eiði.

Long exposure shot of the waterfall.

Looking back into the other direction you can see the 71 meter high sea stack “Risin” in front of the rugged clifss. Absolutely amazing scenery.

Massive waves crashing into the cliffs, and the wind is blowing the waterfall back up onto the cliff.

Another long exposure, with me trying to stand still. Which was pretty hard with heavy winds throwing you around.

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Tórshavn by mobile phone

In September I’ve spent 9 days in the amazing Faroe Islands. I have been travelling through the country, shooting some amazing stuff with my DSLR. But with modern technology so advanced and available for everyone it made sense to take some snapshots with my Iphone. Like basically everyone would do right?

Below is a selection of shots that I’ve taken with my Iphone, in the capital city of the Faroe Islands. Tórshavn. You can easily go about capturing this small, but super cosy and amazing city with your mobile phone. A great picture doesn’t necessarily need to be taken with and expensive and professional camera.
Not at all. (technical) Quality matters, but not always. In my eyes, composition and “feel” is key to a great photograph. Tórshavn is so pretty, and photogenic that you will find lots and lots of good compositions and perspectives to snap a very nice photo with your mobile phone.

Have a look at the ones I took!

Down by the water at Tinganes. Kneeled down to get a little bit more of the water in the foreground in the frame.

Down by the water at Tinganes. Kneeled down to get a little bit more of the water in the foreground in the frame.

Very famous spot among photographers, in the heart of Tórshavn.  Tórshavn Cathedral  and Bryggjubakki street (left) and Undir Bryggjubakka street (right) at the centre of the city

Very famous spot among photographers, in the heart of Tórshavn. Tórshavn Cathedral and Bryggjubakki street (left) and Undir Bryggjubakka street (right) at the centre of the city

Tórshavn by night. This was the street I stayed on during my visit.

Tórshavn by night. This was the street I stayed on during my visit.

Narrow streets, down by  Áarstova . One of the best restaurants in The Faroe Islands.

Narrow streets, down by Áarstova. One of the best restaurants in The Faroe Islands.

Old, new, big and small… all types of boats in the harbors of Tórshavn.

Old, new, big and small… all types of boats in the harbors of Tórshavn.

SMS, the shopping centre in Tórshavn. And the biggest in The Faroe Islands

SMS, the shopping centre in Tórshavn. And the biggest in The Faroe Islands

Typical street scene in Tórshavn

Typical street scene in Tórshavn

I just can’t get enough of how cool these houses look!

I just can’t get enough of how cool these houses look!

Tinganes, the old and very cozy area of Tórshavn. Tinganes is the historic location of the Faroese landsstýri (government)

Tinganes, the old and very cozy area of Tórshavn. Tinganes is the historic location of the Faroese landsstýri (government)

Romantic and beautiful, Tórshavn is both!!

Romantic and beautiful, Tórshavn is both!!

Typical and beautiful Faroese houses.

Typical and beautiful Faroese houses.

Hey, this street smells like fish… makes sense!

Hey, this street smells like fish… makes sense!

View on Tórshavn, seen from the town/area of Argir.

View on Tórshavn, seen from the town/area of Argir.

The amazing people at Visit Faroe Islands will provide you with all information and details you need.

The amazing people at Visit Faroe Islands will provide you with all information and details you need.

Lots of cozy coffeehouses to take a break, and enjoy the city, staring through the windows.

Lots of cozy coffeehouses to take a break, and enjoy the city, staring through the windows.

Skansin is a historic fortress in Tórshavn. And it has a nice lighthouse

Skansin is a historic fortress in Tórshavn. And it has a nice lighthouse

Thank you for checking out my images. Keep in mind, all these shots were taken with an Iphone. They were edited on an Iphone as well. With the VSCO app. That lets you apply certain looks and feel to a photograph, and gives you control over some basic edit tools as well.

It also supports RAW files. So you can also transfer your DSLR images to your app, and edit them on your phone, on the go, very modern, very nice.

The Faroe Islands: 3 Photographs

Gjógv

Gjógv is a village located on the northeast tip of the island of Eysturoy, in the Faroe Islands and 63 km (39 mi) north by road from the capital of Tórshavn. The village was named after a 200-metre (650 ft) long sea-filled gorge that runs north to the sea from the village. You can see the gorge on this photograph. And even though the weather wasn’t all that I still decided to go up on the hill that overlooks the town. I slid down and fell on my face a few times, but that did not stop me from enjoying this amazing view.

Gjógv, I got dirty and soaking wet, slipped and fell on my face a few times. But I just had to get up here to take this shot.

Gjógv, I got dirty and soaking wet, slipped and fell on my face a few times. But I just had to get up here to take this shot.

Kópakonan

The legend of Kópakonan (the Seal Woman) is one of the best-known folktales in the Faroe Islands. Seals were believed to be former human beings who voluntarily sought death in the ocean. Once a year, on the Thirteenth night, they were allowed to come on land, strip off their skins and amuse themselves as human beings, dancing and enjoying themselves.
More about the saga right here: Visit Faroe Islands

Kópakonan (Seal Woman)

Kópakonan (Seal Woman)

Syðrugøta

At first I had this photograph up on my site, saying it was the town of Leirvik. But I was contacted by a friendly Faroese lady that told me that the village on this photograph was not Leirvik, but Syðrugøta. So I was wrong at first. Thank you correcting me misses! Many believe that the great Viking, Tróndur í Gøtu lived and had his headquarters in Syðrugøtu, among many reasons why, is because of the good view he would have had out to the horizon and the short distance to his fleet, stationed Undir Gøtueiði. There are still many unexcavated ruins of centuries old farmhouses buried in the ground in Syðrugøtu. Another fun fact about Syðrugøta: The famous Faroese singer Eivør Pálsdóttir was born here

Leirvík

Leirvík

Iceland: Gaukshöfði, Vik, Laxa i Kjos, Strandarkirkja

In this blog post I will share 4 images, of 4 amazing locations in Iceland. Some well known and "touristy" others a little more undiscovered.

Gaukshöfði

A small detour from the Rte 32, a steep climb up the rocky cliffs — and you’re rewarded with fabulous views over the wide aquamarine Þjorsá river. In the distance is the low mound of Hekla volcano.The overlook point, with narrow trails on two rocky hills, perhaps 300 feet tall, is named for Gaukur, a 10th century resident of nearby Stong, a viking longhouse. The stories say he was murdered by his foster brother. Bones and weapons were found at the base of the cliffs, which everyone assumed must belong to the combatants.

Gaukshöfði

Vik

Iceland has several volcanic beaches along its coastlines, but Reynisfjara Black Sand Beach is by far the coolest and most famous on the island. It is easily accessible from the main road running through Vík í Mýrdal and taking a walk on the black sand beach is a must. Together With basalt columns, unique lava formations, towering cliffs, and caves the area is a nature lovers delight. 

Vik

Laxa i Kjos

The Laxa i Kjos is the centrepiece of one of the most stunning glacially forged valleys in Southern Iceland.  A narrow upper canyon splays into a gentle, peaceful, arable valley before cascading down the final falls and pools into the sea.  This exceptional river and its beautiful tributary can be reached within an hour’s drive from Reykjavik.

Laxa i Kjos

Strandarkirkja

Strandarkirkja is a Lutheran (Church of Iceland) parish church in Selvogur, on the southern coast of Iceland. The church, rising from the coast and pointing its tower towards the heavens, has been a beacon for those travelling at sea. It has more supporters all over the world than any other church in Iceland and is often referred to as the 'miracle church' with the locals' longstanding belief that it has profound, divine powers. Many miracles have been attributed to Strandarkirkja and there was a time when it was one of the richest churches in Iceland from the donations of Icelanders coming from all over the country in hopes of having their prayers and wishes realized.

Strandarkirkja

Norway 2014: Revised

Do you know that feeling, when scrolling through your older work, and feel like you could've done a better job at processing and editing some of that work? Well I do. I very often stumble upon old shots that I first thought to be not good enough to make it as a upload. Anywhere. Actually some of them I have completely ignored after taking them. Thinking they were no good. Just leaving them on my harddrive, taking up space. Never to be shown to the world.

For this particulate reason I like to dive into some folders on my pc with old shots. And so I did last night. Norway. October. 2014. A super amazing trip (I got married during this trip) where I shot a ton of decent material. But there's just so much photographs never being looked at the way I did last night... After playing around with editing a few of them I was quite happy with the selection shown below.

Let me know what you think of these shots! Do you have old and untouched shots laying around? You know what to do!!

These shots were taken in Ersfjordbotn, Tromvik, Rekvik, Grøtfjord and Sommarøy.  All located just outside of Tromsø

 

Curios about the region? Click the logo to find out more information about Tromsø and its surroundings. You will be redirected to Visit Tromsø's website. Its the official travel guide to Tromsø. Have fun exploring this amazing city and beautiful landscapes surrounding it.

Faroe Islands

Hi all, I am super stoked to announce that I will finally be going to the Faroe Islands!! Its officialy going to happen later on in 2018. I will go out on a 9 day trip, exploring this amazing country that has been on my wishlist for quite a while now. I am beyond excited! 

And this is only the first of a few other amazing announcements I have coming up for 2018. Next year is going to be so awesome!

Faroe Islands

Close up: Eyþór Jóvinsson

 
Eyþór Jóvinsson

Eyþór Jóvinsson

 

This blog post is about my friend Eyþór Jóvinsson from Iceland. He's a Filmmaker, owner of a very unique and historical book(store) in the Westfjords region. Former fishermen and a fellow photographer. In this post I will mainly focus on showing you some of his recent photographs, because I think he is quite underrated as a photographer. But I will also talk a little bit about how we met and such. Here we go.

I have met Eyþór back in the summer last year when I was in Iceland for the first time, together with my wife. After waking up in a hotel in Ísafjörður we decided to drive south from town, and pay a quick visit to the town of Flateyri. I did read something about a bookstore in town on the internet a few weeks before going to Iceland, so we figured it would be a nice stop on the days roadtrip. When we arrived in Flateyri we both were stunned by how beautiful this town is. Personally this town is my favorite in the whole country, for several reasons you will understand when you continue to read on.

Flateyri, photo by Eyþór Jóvinsson

After wandering around town for a little bit we made it to "Bókabúðin Flateyri" which is Eyþór's store and place where he lives. The store is run by Eyþór's family for generations and generations. It now is a very charming bookstore and a museum. The house has virtually never changed, ever since the older generations operated the store. A treat to the eye, and very touching to see a place that is still as pure and untouched like it was in the old days. Eyþór has been running the store for the past five years. Before him his mother was running it. You can imagine that Eyþór is very proud about this awesome store, so when we met him we had a nice little chat about the place. It was such a great day, the sun was shining and Eyþór was just such fun to talk with. He's such a friendly and humble man. 

We sat down and had some coffee and cake, bought some books (that you pay an amount for based on the weight of the books, very oldschool, very nice) Before we left Eyþór told me he was a filmmaker and a photographer so you understand that I made sure to exchange some contact details. And off we went to continue or trip through Iceland. Leaving Flateyri as one of the highlights off the trips. The beautiful town and meeting Eyþór the reason for that.

From left to right: The museum that basically is the house Eyþór's family lived in and has stayed the same for over centuries. The building as seen from the inside (click it and spot my wife standing in the door opening) And inside the bookstore, click to see the way the books are sold. The price is determined by the weight of the books!

Anyways, lets get down to showing you some of Eyþór's photographs right now. All of these shots are taken in or around the town of Flateyri where he lives.

When my wife and me came back from our trip in Iceland I pretty much stayed in touch with Eyþór through social media and we both continued chatting about our passions. Film making and photography related stuff. It was in October last year that we came to talk about Eyþór's new film project Arnbjörn. He was going to shoot a new short film in Flateyri and surroundings and I really liked the sound of that. To keep a long story short we ended up agreeing that it would be nice for us to work together for this project. I was going to be the BTS (behind the scenes) photographer for this movie. A few weeks of preparation and communicating back and forth it was time for me to pack my bags, and leave for Iceland in November to meet Eyþór. Again. I was (and still am) so thrilled for the fact that he wanted to work with me and have me in his crew for this project.

I remember travelling to Iceland, and driving up from Reykjavik all the way up to Flateyri. Through these tricky conditions. Snow, ice, rain, heavy winds. I was in Iceland for sure, and heck it was a lot more "Icelandic" compared to the summer. I loved it to. Arriving in Flateyri and seeing Eyþór come up the window from his house and greet me while I was stepping out of the car felt like coming home. This was the beginning of a great week, and a beautiful experience. Below are a few photos that I took during the process of shooting. 

Communicating with actors on the set from Arnbjörn.

Eyþór and crew working on shooting the short film.

The bookstore transformed into a filmset

Eyþór and crew working on shooting the short film.

Eyþór in his natural habitat, on set. Working on Arnbjörn

During this week I got to experience Eyþór at work as a film maker, putting together the project and directing it all. Working long and intense days to get the desired results. Here it was very visible that he wanted to push for the best result possible, getting the most out of the crew. Always on top of his game. But always with a smile and while staying humble. It was a pleasure to work with him. Everything was taken care off. His mother took care of our hungry stomachs with some delicious meals after the hard work during the day. He also arranged the car for me to get up to Flateyri by the way. Just perfect, like the whole experience. I will never forget relaxing in the swimmingpool, or in the "Sundlaug" as its called in Iceland in the evening. And celebrating at the end of the week, with the entire crew. Enjoying some good food again and some beers. 
I could talk about this week forever, I won't right now, haha...Find out more about the short film right here.

You are here to look at Eyþór's other talent, (one of many) photography. He is using his creative mind in a lot of ways and photography is one of them.
Alright, so down below are a few more photographs in and around Flateyri that Eyþór took.

After being in Flateyri working for Eyþór's short film I went home with the best feeling ever. Nobody can take away this amazing experience from me. All the memories. I still think about this trip a lot. It also opened up so much doors and possibilities for me. Chances that I would not have had if I hadn't been working with Eyþór. It took my career as a photographer into a rapid quite a bit, and really gave me a boost to step up my game. I launched this website a few weeks after my visit and got some great feedback from all of you. Again, I believe this is because of the exposure I gained from shooting for Eyþór. I am forever thankful for this. Both Eyþór and me are probably going to work together more in the future. He is running so much other projects, and all of them simultaneously as well. Mad respect for that. I am sure that at some point we will be working together again for one of his projects. Be it for another film, or something totally different. To me its not a matter of if, but a matter of when! And all of you will hear about that from me for sure. Because I am obviously very excited and proud to be able to call Eyþór a friend, and look forward to all the next times we will meet.

To end this blog post I want to share a last little, but very special story. Eyþór and I have met each other earlier this year again. Very very random and very special.
In Iceland you would think, but no... in Sweden! My wife and me were on a little trip through Denmark and Sweden. (our holiday trips usually go to Scandinavia of course)
And very randomly I saw this photo from Eyþór on social media, saying that he was in Malmö, Sweden for a filmfestival. I was like WHAT?!! My wife and me were going to go to Malmö anyways for our trip so this was a very unique situation and chance to meet up. I couldn't believe that this was true. So so random. We ended up meeting in Malmö for a few beers and some food. It was just amazing to see Eyþór again, in a place and time where we both did not expect it at all. And again, seeing Eyþór was another highlight on yet another trip. Looking forward to the next highlights.   

Eyþór and myself enjoying a beer in Malmö, Sweden. Super random, but super super nice.

Eyþór and myself enjoying a beer in Malmö, Sweden. Super random, but super super nice.

SKER

click the image to watch this short film by Eyþór

Danish Lighthouse: Rubjerg Knude Fyr

The cool breeze, the smell of the ocean, the sandy dunes, the silence, and the stunning lighthouse. Rubjerg Knude Fyr!

Ever since I found out about this location, which is several years ago already I've wanted to visit this place so bad.
It really is one of the "Must Photograph" places that keeps popping up on the internet. There's a decent amount of great photographs online. The place just looks so unreal from all the shots I've seen, so I really wanted to see and visit this location myself, so badly. For some reason I never got round to doing so. But then finally, on my trip to Denmark last month I finally was able to spend some time at this super awesome location. Its crazy to imagine that I've been to Denmark for about 10 times in the past few years and never made it there before. Well this time I made it happen!!

My wife and me left early in the afternoon from our accommodation in mid Jutland. We paid the city of Aalborg a little visit before finally making it to the beach in Løkken. From the parking lot to the beach/cliff it was a little bit of a walk, around 20 minutes I would say.

People walking up the dunes towards the lighthouse, seen from the trail leading into the dunes. Used my 18-200mm for this shot to create this interesting composition. 

People walking up the dunes towards the lighthouse, seen from the trail leading into the dunes. Used my 18-200mm for this shot to create this interesting composition. 

After making it up onto the sandy dunes the views keep getting better and better. I took this very minimalistic shot of nothing but the sky, the dunes and the lighthouse.
There's just so much opportunities for awesome compositions.  

The Lighthouse

The lighthouse is on the top of Lønstrup Klint (cliff), 60 metres (200 ft) above sea level. Until 1908 it operated on gas which it produced from gasworks on the site.
Both shifting sands and coastal erosion are a serious problem in the area. The coast is eroded on average 1.5 metres (4.9 ft) a year, which can be seen most clearly at the nearby Mårup Church. Built around 1250, the church was originally 1 kilometer (0.62 mi) from the coast, but was dismantled in 2008 to prevent its falling into the sea.

The lighthouse ceased operating on August 1, 1968. For a number of years, the buildings were used as a museum and coffee shop, but continually shifting sands caused them to be abandoned in 2002. By 2009, the small buildings were severely damaged by the pressure of the sand and were later removed. It is expected that the tower will fall into the sea by 2023.

Minimalism you say? yes... the sky, the dunes, the lighthouse.... nothing more. I loved it.

Minimalism you say? yes... the sky, the dunes, the lighthouse.... nothing more. I loved it.


I really planned out our visit really well, I figured that going around sunset would be nice, for the conditions obviously. But I was also hoping that it would not be super crowded. We really hit the jackpot, we definitely made the right choice. At first there were some people around, as you would expect for such amazing views. But later on we had the whole area for ourselves. Really happy with that. Finally making it to this place, being there alone for quite a while, the conditions and just being in Denmark again was hitting me right in the feels. These days are golden.

Here are some more shots, enjoy the stunning views. Thanks for checking this blog out.
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