An ongoing series.

All the posts on this theme are collected here.

Hvestudalur in Arnarfjörður, Iceland

Hringsdalsnúpur on Arnarfjörður
5D Mark III, Zeiss ZE 50 f/2 MP

Pylons in Reykjaheiði, Iceland

March of the pylons, Reykjaheiði
5D Mark III, 100-400L IS II

Belt of Venus over Höfn, Iceland

Belt of Venus, Höfn
5D Mark III, 70-200L f/2.8 IS II

Tálknafjörður, Iceland

Mountains, Tálknafjörður
5D Mark III, 100-400L IS II


At the glacier’s edge.

Jökulheimar lies on the western boundary of the mighty Vatnajökull glacier. Its glacial tongue Tungnaárjökull is the source of Tungnaá, one of Iceland‘s iconic rivers.

Getting to Jökulheimar entails a long drive traversing a black volcanic desert in the south-central Highlands. We set out on a day of extreme weather – howling wind, rain, and cold – but Börkur and his superjeep were not to be deterred. These conditions do not permit tripod-based photography, but they reward us with atmospherics and isolation not frequently encountered.

Jökulheimar, Iceland

5DS, 100-400L IS II

Jökulheimar, Tungnaá, Vatnajökull, Iceland

Vatnajökull and Tungnaá
5DS, 100-400L IS II

Volcanic desert on Jökulheimaleið, Iceland

Black volcanic desert on Jökulheimaleið
5DS, 24-70L f/2.8 II

  • Börkur Hrólfsson - February 20, 2017 - 5:49 am

    Haha, one of the windiest days I´ve gone into the highlands. And the only time I´ve been there without seeing another human being for a whole day, except of course my friend and photographer Rajan Parrikar.
    We were totally alone in the highlands this day.
    Totally worth going out, when everybody else stayed inside.ReplyCancel

Flow on red.

Rauðufossar – lit. “Red Waterfalls” – in the Highlands of Iceland.

Rauðufossar Waterfalls, Iceland

Volcanic slopes
5DS, 100-400L IS II

Rauðufossar Waterfalls, Iceland

5DS, 24-70L f/2.8 II


An earlier foray in 2012 lead to this image.

  • Milind Khot - February 14, 2017 - 1:31 pm

    Brilliant photos, as usual, admire your work Rajan!ReplyCancel

  • Premanand - February 13, 2017 - 2:57 pm

    Earlier I thought that this phenomenon is similar to the Blood Falls of Antarctica. But it does not look like they are similar. Here, I think, only the rock is red in colour whereas in the Blood Falls the water itself is red.

    • Rajan Parrikar - February 13, 2017 - 6:07 pm

      Although the source of the red in both instances is most likely the same – iron oxide.ReplyCancel

  • Bob_B - February 13, 2017 - 2:07 pm

    The first photo is a real beauty to my eye. I love the diagonals and complementary colors. Well done (as always).ReplyCancel

An autumnal foray.

In the Fjallabak Nature Reserve, south-central Highlands of Iceland.

Kirkjufellsós, Nyrðra Fjallabak, Iceland

Fall colours near Kirkjufellsós
5DS, 100-400L IS II

Formations in Jökulgil, Iceland

Formations in Jökulgil
5DS, 100-400L IS II


See this post from 2010 for more images from the area.

  • Premanand - February 9, 2017 - 2:16 pm

    I was overcome by this strange feeling of “licking” the second photograph. I see that you have called them “fingers” in your 2010 post. So that makes the photograph “finger licking good”! 🙂ReplyCancel