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

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