Hornstrandir Nature Reserve is the most isolated region in Iceland. Situated at the Arctic Circle line, you can get an idea of how secluded this place really is. With no road leading you in or out, everything has to be brought in by ship, plane or foot.
High mountain Icelandic lake with a feeling of solitude.
Very few people will ever see or witness this view as planes, helicopters and drones are prohibited, except for individuals who own the land below.
When you’re standing at this point of the trail you know you’re at the edge of the world. You hear no signs of human civilization, only millions of birds nesting on the cliffs and the occasional Arctic Fox being vocal. The air is so pure, the breeze so fresh and the flora and fauna thriving without human impact.
Behind me in the opposite direction of where I’m shooting this photo is a beautiful wooden pier, fjord and mountains. I had planned on shooting photos of the northern lights in that direction but by chance they were only happening behind me, so I had to change my plan. I saw this old wooden building and it had an eerie vibe to it with the northern lights. This is the shot that I ended up getting at the end of the night.
This male Arctic Fox seemed to have a fascination with my shoe laces and my shoes. He had a real talent for eating shoes.
When I woke up on the ship, I knew that the sun would not show it’s face this day. I have hiked Hornstrandir many times before but today was unlike the other days the clouds were lower than I had experienced before. I was not upset about it but more excited. I had the opportunity to take some moodier photos of the reserve than I had in the past. To the right is a 500 meter drop with millions of birds nesting on the cliff walls.
At 534 metres and 429 metres, the tallest peaks of Hornbjarg are Kálfatindur and Jörundur respectively. These cliffs are noted for their unusual shape, sloping steeply inland and undulating in height across their length, giving the appearance of a great cresting wave.
These remarkable cloud formations were forming around 22:00 pm during the mindnight sun as we sailed on the Northwest Coast of Hornstrandir Nature Reserve on Aurora Arktika.
This baby Arctic Fox was found near Bolungarvik, it’s parents were most likely killed by hunters. It’s siblings most likely died in the den but this girl was a fighter and climbed out of the den in search for food.
Walking over the mountain and into the valley of Adalvik is a sight that is memorizing and feels more fictional than real. As you make you’re way to the coast you pass a lone red hut that seems out of place. Then you proceed to cross and cold river by foot from snowmelt from the local mountains.
Bolafjall offers a astounding view over Ísafjarðardjúp. Located in the Westfjords, the road to the summit is gravel. It’s called 630. It is open to tourists in the summer months only. On top of the mountain is an abandoned US radar station now operated by the Icelandic Coast Guard.
The cliff colours on the south side of Hornstradir offer remarkable colours in the early summer months. Once the snow melts and before the flora starts changing to more of a green colour you can get a mix of what you see in this image. The Westfjords is the oldest region of Iceland. Most of the Westfjords was buried underneath glaciers in the last ice age, therefore causing the peaks of the the mountains to mowed flat, causing a plateau effect by the slow moving glaciers.
The Látrabjarg cliffs in the Westfjords mark both the westernmost point of Iceland and Europe. Hosting millions of birds, it is Europe’s largest bird cliff, 14 km (9 mi) long and 441 (1,444 ft) high.
Bolafjall is a 638 meter high mountain above Bolungarvík
A lone wooden hut in the mountains of Isafjordur.
Icelandic river views are formed as melted water from glaciers runs across black volcanic sand.
Fossavatn is a small lake situated in the mountains outside Isafjordur in the Westfjords. The hut in the picture is a hydraulic station for creating electricity.
Drangajökull is the northernmost glacier of Iceland. It is situated southwest of the peninsula Hornstrandir in the Westfjords region. The glacier covers an area of 160–200 km2 (62–77 sq mi), at an altitude of up to 925 m (3,035 ft). It is the only Icelandic glacier which lies entirely below an altitude of 1000 metres and also the only one that has not shrunk in recent years.