A December sunset.
The next installment of the Light in Iceland series.
Reykjanes peninsula in southwest Iceland is the gateway to Iceland for most visitors as Keflavík International Airport is located here. This is volcanically active ground that recently hosted two eruptions. Reykjanes lies directly on the Mid-Atlantic Ridge at the interface of the Eurasian and North American tectonic plates.
The sun lingers close to the southern horizon at this time of the year, and on clear days the snow-clad mountains and lava fields are beneficiaries of sublime light.
In the first image, the Suðurstrandarvegur route cleaves through a lava field. In the distance a faint outline of the Eyjafjallajökull volcano is seen at the top right of the frame.
The Krýsuvíkurbjarg cliffs, 15 kilometres long and 40 metres high, are home to tens of thousands of sea birds in the summer. Exposed to the North Atlantic Ocean and lashed by fierce winds, much of this stretch remains wild and dramatic.