Eye Spy in Iceland – Photo Essay

| April 25, 2013 | 27 Comments

To say that I am obsessed with taking photos when I travel is an understatement. I spend hours trying to capture the perfect shot. Most of the time failing miserably.

But every now and then I create something that I am really proud of. Especially as my photography skills have evolved.

In the past I have shared my favourite travel photographs as “Photo Essays”. But I have been wanting to create a new photography series on this travel blog. So today I am pleased to introduce “Eye Spy”. You can use these photos to keep yourself (or the kids) entertained next time you travel by trying to find and capture these same photographs.

To kick-start the new Eye Spy photo series I wanted to showcase my favourite photographs from Iceland. A truly magical destination that resulted in over 1,000 shots in just 7 days.

Eye Spy in Iceland

Eye Spy one wooden bridge near Silfra dive site.

Diving in Silfra Iceland Photos

Diving in Silfra

Eye Spy a path between two tectonic plates splitting.

Silfra Tectonic Plates splitting in Iceland

Eye Spy one Geysir erupting.

Geysir erupting in Iceland

Eye Spy Icelandic mountains created and weathered by volcanoes and glaciers.

Iceland Mountain Photos

Eye Spy traditional Icelandic Viking Huts.

Iceland Viking House

Eye Spy curious, stumpy and wide, Icelandic Horses wanting to be patted.

Icelandic Horses

Eye Spy glaciers of all sizes floating and reflecting in a Glacier Lagoon.

Glacier Lagoon Icebergs

Eye Spy a waterfall you can walk behind while staying dry.

Seljalandsfoss Waterfall Photo

Eye Spy a waterfall that draws the crowds close.

Skogafoss Waterfall

Eye Spy a sunset before the Northern Lights dance across the sky.

Sunset in Iceland

Eye Spy a glacier you can walk on hundreds of years old.

Solheimajokull Glacier Walking - Ice Climbing

Eye Spy a plane crash on a deserted beach.

Plane Crash on Solheimajokull Beach near Vik

Eye Spy three giant rock stacks whose legend says they were giants caught by the daylight.

Three Giants Rock Stack - Reynisfjall Point

Eye Spy a cliff and a hole in a rock.

View to Dryholaos from Reynisfjall Point

Eye Spy a lighthouse, the tallest building in Southern Iceland.

Villingaholt Lighthouse Beach

Tell me… Have you been to any of these spots in Iceland? And which is your favourite photo?


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Cole is one half of New Zealand's leading adventure travel blogging couple who have been wearing out their jandals around the world since 2009. He loves any adventure activities and anything to do with the water whether it is Surfing, Diving, Swimming, Snorkeling or just lounging nearby on the beach. You can follow Cole on Google+. Or consider following us via RSS Feed, Twitter, Facebook and subscribe to our Newsletter.

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  1. Nat says:

    Great photo’s capturing Iceland’s beauty! Hope your trip was full of adventure.

    • We went hiking, diving, ice climbing and much, much more 🙂 So definitely full of adventure. Will try to get more posts up but travelling for the next 2 months so it will be difficult!

  2. That is all kinds of awesome. I love the vertical shots – they give a brand new perspective and grandeur to the landscape! Good job.
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    • I never used to put in the vertical photos until recently and love how it also breaks up the post a little bit more 🙂 But it definitely creates a very dramatic effect for destinations like Iceland.

  3. bronwen burmester says:

    They are all fabulous photos Cole and wonderful scenery but I think I like the icebergs all reflected in the glacier lake. Spectacular. Not really a place I had considered busting a gut to get to but your comments and photos are great! Maybe a Lotto win will help me get there. x

  4. Fantastic photos!Those landscapes are almost unworldly. Love those long-haired horses too!
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  5. Awesome photos! Have wanted to get there and now really want to see Iceland.
    I think the plane photo should be entered in a comp, it makes you ask questions, like “what happened?” “did anyone get killed?”. It is very cool, also like the top of the cliff one, as I can see you are living life on the edge!

    • Apparently the plane was an American Army plane that had to do an emergency landing. Luckily no one was killed!
      And you definitely need to make it to Iceland bro. Such a beautiful country.

  6. Debbie says:

    Great photos! Absolutely stunning. Have not yet been to Iceland, but now I definitely want to experience it!
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  7. Samantha says:

    Wow! I’m in awe of these pictures, especially the one with the cliff. Now I really need to go to Iceland it looks absolutely breathtaking! Just gorgeous landscape and scenary
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  8. I am totally smitten with those pictures that you’ve taken. Nice shoot and keep us entertain about the beauty of the world through your lens!

  9. Rob says:

    Stunning pics mate! Beautiful colours and landscapes.
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  10. OMG! those are stunningly beautiful. especially the plane crash.
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  11. Nathalie says:

    Wow! Those are fantastic! We are planning our trip to Iceland as I’m typing this reply – I will be sure to try and find the plane – I think it would be cool to see! I think my favourite shot is of the cliff – I can’t explain why – it’s just fabulous!
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  12. Nelvino says:

    Lovely pictures… check out my experience in Iceland n let me know what u reckon…pics are not like yours 🙂

  13. Crashed plane… wow, that must have been one heck of a sight!
    Love Iceland. I still think it’s rather green than icy and ironially we call Greenland “green”, when the expression “Iceland” would be more appropriate. Should the two islands switch names? 🙂

  14. christine says:

    I love Iceland. I went in the winter, it looks so different!
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  15. koh says:

    hi Cole, marvellous pictures! and thanks for sharing, just wondering what camera you use to take the photos?

  16. Fabiana says:

    You have some amazing photos here. I have wanted to visit Iceland for some time now and it looks like I’m finally going to be able to do it.

  17. I am researching a visit to Iceland right now. Your pictures have definitely made me excited to go! Love the one of the glaciers!!
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  18. Great Article, Amazing Photos

    I found this very beautiful place I want to visit soon

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