Even though many people know I'm absolutely dedicated and passionate about nature, it's quite easy to look at these images and feel like they contain some kind of "show-off" factor, mixed with the will to trigger some jealousy in the viewer. One could think that it's just a matter of money and having an afternoon workshop, to be able to create images like this. I would be all for everyone being able to depict and capture nature in all its beauty with ease, but unfortunately it doesn't work like this. I just woke up a hour ago, after being awake for a full 30 hours. Yesterday started by waking up near sunrise, after sleeping inside the car (and after a 200km ride during the night), and headed right off to the Jokulsarlon beach, under extremely cold weather. Got soaked up to my knees and only had my first meal at 15:00, after driving 80km to Hofn. The weather changed in an unexpected way, so I cancelled the plan of shooting Vestrahorn in the afternoon, and headed back to Jokulsarlon, which meant another 80km trip. According to the forecast there would be a 2 hour window with clear skies in Jokulsarlon, which could mean finally being able
to witness the Northern Lights again. When we arrived to the Jokulsarlon lagoon light didn't look that good but I hoped it would get better as the sun would set behing the glaciar mountains. Fortunately it did, and we were treated with an incredibly display of light and colors. Once more, extremely cold temperatures and I was the only crazy guy soaked to my thighs in freezing water, thanks to the neoprene gear. When it got dark we headed to the car to grab some
sandwiches and waited a bit to see if there would be any Auroras tonight. The Aurora forecast wasn't good, with just a "2" rating in Vedur.is, even though we had clear skies, but the most beautiful natural phenomenon in the world finally made it's appearance as you can see by this unprocessed image! After spending two hours shooting it, and as it got more faint, I decided to still head back to Vestrahorn, for yet another 80km, only made possible through some
cheap energy drinks filled with caffeine, available everywhere in Iceland. My companion was absolutely exhausted, so she decided to say in the car, but I was feeling like it could be a good night to shoot the Vestrahorn mountains and perhaps get some Aurora activity above it, even though my body was begging for some rest. It definitely payed off, and I got some great shots of this absolutely incredible place! Stood up well after sunrise, and then just crashed in the
car. My head hurts like hell and my body aches all over, but I just can't stop doing this, and yes, this isn't easy at all!