As I wrote in my last post I was invited by Promote Iceland to join a blog tour in their beautiful country. The whole experience was fantastic; I met very nice people and visited interesting places. Obviously I also had the chance to take some pictures and here is tip number 1: if you go to Iceland during winter plan your trip meticulously. The sunrise is at almost 11am and the sunset at almost 3,30pm. It leaves you with just 4/5 hours of light and if you want to travel you really have to plan your trip to be in the right place at the right time. Also, the weather is often bad. I couldn't take pictures of Gulfoss, a fantastic waterfall, because the wind was very strong and the snow was falling so hard I couldn't even almost visit the place.
Tip number 2: winter is nice in Iceland and the Christmas time allows you to see markets and beautiful lights but if you want to take pictures I guess that spring or summer are a better choice. You'll get more light and in the summer sunrise and sunset will be very slow. You'll get not one or two golden hours but more and the weather will be generally warmer. During winter though, it's easier to see the Aurora Borealis. Unfortunately in the 4 days I was there the sky wasn't clear so I couldn't experience the Northern lights.
Tip number 3: bring a tripod. Iceland is full of waterfalls, lakes and cliffs so you can use an ND filter or take pictures during sunsets and sunrises keeping the shutter slow to capture the water in motion.
Tip number 4: visit the very south/west of Iceland. It's not a very popular area but landscapes there are fantastic, it seems to be on a different planet and the coast is wild and beautiful. The followings are two shots I took there. You can check the gps data on Flickr to see the exact position of these spots.
Tip number 5: if you like architecture Reykjavik has plenty of beautiful buildings and monuments you could visit and photograph. You can find some good opportunities also all around the country.
Tip number 6: go to the Blue Lagoon! It was one of the best experiences in my life. Not only you can take beautiful pictures but you can relax in the hot pool and have a drink staring, incredulously, at the snow on the side.
Tip number 7: winter in Iceland is very good for astrophotography. When the sky is clear there is not much light pollution and you can see the stars clearly. Be prepared to wear heavy clothes though because temperatures are low and during the night is even worse.
So that's it guys. I've really enjoyed my time in Iceland and I'll definitely go back on my own to take some nice landscape or seascape photos. These were my tips based on my experience. If you want to add some information please do it in the comments below.
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