A rare moonbow arcs from beginning to end in the mist over Godafoss waterfall in Northern Iceland. Due to the clouds and it being Iceland, my view was pretty much pitch black save for the occasional sliver of moonlight sneaking between the clouds and setting up the stunning refraction over the falls.
A dramatic aurora burst above Iceland's Vestrahorn mountain on the Stokksnes peninsula. Views like this really make you stop and think about your (tiny) place in the universe. I was but one speck of light under a canopy of millions of stars and an explosion of electromagnetic energy. Humbling to say the least.
A super rare full moonbow over Lake Lagarfljot in Egilsstadir, Iceland with the green glow of the aurora bleeding in the top of the frame. Having already endured an hour of shooting an incredibly active aurora in the driving wind and rain, I ventured back out for another amazing round of shooting when I saw the hints of the moonbow forming across the lake. Opportunities to see views like this rarely happen twice.
An amazing display of the aurora and the Milky Way all around Malariff Light on Iceland's beautiful Snæfellsnes Peninsula. After spotting some bright bursts of the Northern Lights above our hotel in Stykkishólmur, I raced South across the peninsula to capture this awesome backdrop.
Another shot of Reykjavik's famous Sun Voyager sculpture, shot a handful of hours after the sunset version. I was worried that the otherwise dreary day would make for poor shooting conditions, but the stunning burst of orange through the thin gap between clouds and horizon made for an incredible morning display.
There's nothing as strangely peaceful as listening to the deafening roar of a waterfall drown out everything else around you. Alone time with the majestic Skogarfoss in off season is an incredible experience.
One of the thousands of cairns, or stacks of rocks you'll find throughout Iceland. Dating back a thousand years, Icelanders have been creating these stacks as both geographic markers as well as pillars to honor the heroes of the country's famous sagas.
The geyser Strokkur begins its eruption on its way to an eventual height of over 30m of scalding hot water. Erupting every 4-8 minutes, this geyser is the star of the aptly named Geysir area of Iceland along the famous Golden Circle tourist route. Geysir is also the name of a larger nearby geyser that has been known to erupt to heights of 70m, however eruptions are infrequent and difficult to predict.
The gorgeous Seljalandsfoss waterfall in West Iceland. The rock outcropping behind the falls lets you walk all the way around it, though you'll get pretty wet in the process. The storm clouds made for an ominous, but beautiful, shot (blue skies are the enemy of good photography, as they say).
Iceland has many incredible rock formations on its coasts. Hvítserkur is off a black sand beach on a desolate peninsula in the Northwest portion, on the Vatnsnes Peninsula. The local legend is that it's actually a troll petrified by the Sun (and I got the idea that most people believed it).
Gullfoss is by far the most famous of Iceland's hundreds of incredible waterfalls, largely due to its location on the tourist-friendly "Golden Circle," which is a 300km loop of some of Iceland's most dramatic sites in an easy day trip from Reykjavik. In Icelandic, 'gull' means golden and 'foss' means falls, which is an appropriate name for this gorgeous natural wonder in the glow of the late evening sun.
The glacier Hofsjökull (and largest active volcano in Iceland) rises in the background. You can also see a bit of the mist rainbow to the left of the falls.
Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon is a large glacial lake formed at the base of Breiðamerkurjökull glacier. As chunks of the glacier break off, they float through the lake and out to the Atlantic Ocean, creating an incredible natural wonder in the process.