Why Iceland is such a Travel and Photography Hotspot...by Glenn Guy

Glenn Guy -  Travel, Documentary and Landscape Photographer is escorting Wandering the World's Photography trip in Iceland in August 2016. On this trip, Glenn will share his incredible photography knowledge and expertise and first hand experience as to why Iceland is such a travel hot spot. Here Glenn talks about some of the insights and what he discovered while travelling around this extraordinary island country from his previous trips in Iceland.   

A Luminous Landscape

The quality of the light in Iceland is hard to define. It’s soft and gentle; and, at the edges of the day, it can be spectacular. When you marry this quite sublime light with the fantastic landscape opportunities offered to the traveller it’s a dream come true for the intrepid landscape photographer.

A Varied and Dramatic Landscape

Waterfalls and geysers; volcanic soil, mud pools and hot springs; dramatic sea stacks; icebergs on the beach and massive glaciers - Iceland has it all. 

A Pristine Environment

The purity of the Icelandic landscape is immediately evident. Icelandic folks are proud and protective of their natural world and a walk through the landscape is a very special experience.

Viking settlement began here around 874AD and modern day Icelanders maintain a close affinity with the natural world. 80% of the countries power needs are generated by hydroelectric power.

Wildlife Up Close and Personal

Birdlife is prolific in Iceland. My favourite is the Atlantic puffin. Puffins are super cute and very colorful, but there are lots of other members of the avian family located at various sites around the country. Pink-footed geese, storm petrels, arctic tern and great skuas are some of the more interesting species located in the south of the island.

Changeable Weather

We travel to Iceland during the summer, but the temperatures are usually pretty mild. Maximums of around 16C and minimums down to around 7C can be expected. The average day can include a mix of conditions including sunshine, rain and wind. And that’s a good thing because the most incredible light, for really dramatic landscape photography, often occurs on the edge of weather (just before and/or just after rain). Needless to say rainbows and clouds are plentiful, and I’ve never seen such incredible cumulus cloudscapes.

The Experience

There’s no doubt about it, you’ll feel alive everyday you’re in Iceland. Fresh air, clean water, vibrant colours, amazing and varied landscapes and sublime light. This is what you can expect when you join me on our Iceland Photography Tour. Your connection with nature will be unique and personal and your memories of Iceland will linger long in your memory.

For more information about the Iceland Photography Tour that Glenn is escorting starting in Reykjavik on August 12, 2016, download trip notes here


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