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Eye Spy in Iceland – Photo Essay

Play Eye Spy in Iceland with my favourite photos from my latest travel adventure exploring Iceland including, waterfalls, planes and cute Icelandic Horses.

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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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28 Comments

28 Comments

  1. Nat

    April 25, 2013 at 9:01 PM

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

    • Cole Burmester

      April 26, 2013 at 10:29 AM

      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. EurotripTips

    April 25, 2013 at 10:35 PM

    That is all kinds of awesome. I love the vertical shots – they give a brand new perspective and grandeur to the landscape! Good job.

    • Cole Burmester

      April 26, 2013 at 10:19 AM

      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

    April 26, 2013 at 5:48 AM

    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

    • Cole Burmester

      April 26, 2013 at 10:16 AM

      It is quite similar to New Zealand but just more compact. Mountains, glaciers, geysirs and the beach are all within a few hours drive of one another.

  4. Home Town Travel Guides

    April 30, 2013 at 3:33 AM

    Fantastic photos!Those landscapes are almost unworldly. Love those long-haired horses too!

  5. Moss Burmester

    April 30, 2013 at 1:22 PM

    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!

    • Cole Burmester

      May 3, 2013 at 3:18 PM

      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

    April 30, 2013 at 8:58 PM

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

  7. Samantha

    June 9, 2013 at 9:51 PM

    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

  8. Kristy of Family Visa

    June 18, 2013 at 5:53 AM

    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

    June 29, 2013 at 8:37 AM

    Stunning pics mate! Beautiful colours and landscapes.

  10. Ferrial Pondrafi

    September 5, 2013 at 1:21 PM

    OMG! those are stunningly beautiful. especially the plane crash.

    • Cole Burmester

      September 6, 2013 at 8:10 AM

      Thanks Ferrial 🙂 I plan to do a post about how to find this secret plane spot soon!

      • Ferrial Pondrafi

        September 9, 2013 at 8:45 AM

        you’re very welcome. 🙂 Oh anyway, do you have any picture or perhaps ever take any pictures of abandoned amusement park? i think that’s really great.

        • Cole Burmester

          September 11, 2013 at 4:13 AM

          No I haven’t done that but have seen some beautiful photos in the past. Would love to find some abandoned buildings or amusement parks to explore though!

  11. Nathalie

    March 23, 2014 at 8:30 PM

    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!

  12. Nelvino

    March 25, 2014 at 6:20 AM

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

  13. Escape Hunter

    March 28, 2014 at 2:47 PM

    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

    July 9, 2014 at 7:58 AM

    I love Iceland. I went in the winter, it looks so different!

  15. koh

    September 12, 2014 at 3:34 AM

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

  16. Fabiana

    January 8, 2015 at 9:03 AM

    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. Valen-Travel Scamming

    September 25, 2015 at 8:39 AM

    I am researching a visit to Iceland right now. Your pictures have definitely made me excited to go! Love the one of the glaciers!!

  18. Como conquistar uma amiga

    December 25, 2015 at 12:11 PM

    Great Article, Amazing Photos

    I found this very beautiful place I want to visit soon

  19. Mark

    July 24, 2017 at 6:49 PM

    Lovely pictures…
    its a very helpful post thanks for sharing this information

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5 Unmissable Northern Ireland Attractions

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Northern Ireland is a beautiful part of the world, yet one which often lies off the usual tourist track. However, there are many great places to visit and things to see and do in this region – offering the perfect getaway from packed tourist destinations and a chance to see a largely unspoiled natural landscape.

Despite this, there are still many different attractions within the area that are well worth a visit. From city scenes to geological wonders, the sheer versatility means that there is guaranteed to be something for everyone in the region.

If you are thinking of paying Northern Ireland a visit, here are five of the best attractions that the area has to offer – just waiting for you to arrive!

Giant’s Causeway

Instantly recognisable and famed across the world, the Giant’s Causeway is a definite must-see. Northern Ireland’s only UNESCO world heritage site, the Causeway is a unique example of natural beauty and wonder. Take time out of your schedule to explore, clambering over the rocks and discovering the science, myths and legends behind this ancient monument. A Giant’s Causeway tour also makes the ideal way to learn about the Causeway and get to know the area, as you are shown around by a knowledgeable tour guide.

Belfast

Northern Ireland’s capital, Belfast is a city steeped in years of history. Boasting plenty of varied attractions, there is guaranteed to be something to suit every taste in Belfast. Spend some time wandering the streets and exploring the city’s shops and eateries, or instead, head out and visit one of the dedicated tourist attractions. As the birthplace of the ill-fated Titanic, history buffs are sure to enjoy a visit to Titanic Belfast, the museum which commemorates the ship and the tragedy that followed her maiden launch. Alternatively, a visit to Crumlin Road Gaol is another favourite on Belfast’s tourist trail. Explore the gaol and learn all about its rich history, right through to its eventual closure as a working prison in 1996.

Murlough National Nature Reserve

For those who prefer a taste of the great outdoors, head out to the stunning landscape of Murlough National Nature Reserve and spend some time getting back to grips with nature. Ideal for a fun-filled family day out or a relaxing day spent exploring, the reserve offers the perfect example of an unspoiled wilderness situated in the picturesque Irish countryside. There are plenty of walking routes and trails dotted across the reserve, so pick your favourite and head off to explore more of the beautiful scenery!

Dunluce Castle

Brooding and full of a unique atmosphere, Dunluce Castle is a perfect example of cultural history and architecture. Located on the coast, this impressive ruin offers stunning views across the water and is also an understandable favourite among budding photographers. A must-see landmark along the Antrim coast, the castle offers a real mix of Irish history and different time periods.

Derry

Perfectly combining tradition and history with a quirky, contemporary twist, Derry is Northern Ireland’s second-largest city – a city with something to suit everyone. From its vast array of quaint cafes and eateries to the traditional architecture, history buffs are sure to want to pay Derry a visit. If you do decide to head down to Derry, make sure not to miss the historic city walls. Striking and memorable yet also enlightening, a walk around the walls is sure to help you step back in time and discover Derry’s past and rich history.

Are you feeling inspired? These are just a few of the many exciting places to visit on offer within the region. Northern Ireland truly is a hidden gem – why not discover the beauty of this area for yourself on your next trip?

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Worlds’ Best Surfing Breaks: Lanzarote’s El Quemao

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Lanzarote plays host to some serious, world-class level surfing. The volcanic island rises straight up through the water, and because it lacks a continental shelf the waves it gets from the Atlantic are completely unobstructed. With low precipitation, balmy winds and endless sunshine, this laid-back island is every surfer dude’s dream.

In the northwest, El Quemao is a commanding left and right-hand reef break. You can experience colossal swells of up to five metres high, rivalling those in Hawaii. This area is meant for the expert. The waves continuously form quick tubes with vertical descents, perfect to enter, descend and ride the tube.

Restaurants in Fethiye

Seven of the Best Restaurants on Lanzarote

Table Arrcife Known for their burgers, tapas and their large selection of beer.

Casa de la Playa, Arrieta Go for authentic Canarian seafood cuisine overlooking the beach.

El Mirador, Playa Blanca Enjoy seafood by the ocean!

Cofradia de Pescadores, Playa Blanca Specialising in seafood; ask for the fresh fish of the day.

Restaurante del Diablo, Timanfaya This lunch-only restaurant utilises volcanic heat to cook their various meat dishes.

El Tenique, Tiagua They offer delicious meat fare. Their popular Cabra is served on Sundays.

El Chupadero, La Geria Situated in wine country, enjoy a glass of vino, tapas and live music.

Hippy Holidays – Low Impact Lanzarote

Pack a lunch and explore former Hippy Heaven, Papagayo, by bike. There is a family-friendly beach with calmer waters to paddle in and swim. There are also out-of-the-way places for older children to explore.

Visit Timanfaya National Park. It is 50 km² of expansive plains, volcanic ash, fossilised lava, geysers and boulders. Amp up the exotic by joining a Camel Train to explore this region.

Consider getting around by bicycle to get exploring areas off the beaten path, as well as beaches, finding smaller towns and farmers’ markets.

Fancy a Holiday in Malta? Now You Can Fly from Southend

As of October 29, 2017, EasyJet is scheduled to fly twice weekly from London Southend Airport to Malta year-round. London Southend has its own train station that runs up to six trains per hour to and from central London. This will carry passengers from Essex to the South End.

Malta, south of Sicily, has grown in popularity. The weather is great year-round (19 to 30 degrees). It is also the home of three World Heritage Sites.

Inland from Alicante: Seven Out-of-the-Way Places

Alcoy Here you will find Barchell Castle, the convent of St. Augusti and church of Santa Maria. The Moors and Christians festival is a must see.

Le Romana See cave houses; there are some cave properties currently in use.

Aspe Grapes grown in this region are tied to a custom of eating 12 grapes at New Years.

Cocentaina While at the village of La Villa, visit the Comtat Palace.

Ontinyent Archaeological finds around the area date back to the Bronze Age and Iberian period.

Bocairent Cobbled streets and architecture allow you to see what life was like many centuries ago.

Guadalest Go see the castle of San Jose. Access to this fortress is via a natural tunnel through the rocks.

Benidorm by Drone

Viewing Benidorm by a drone shows the magnificence of this area. The ocean is a stunning blue-green; the eye never tires of it. Numerous apartments and hotels hug the beaches of Playa Poniente and Playa Levante. In between these seafronts lies the Canfali vantage point with the majestic Mal Pas cove at its foot. You can also see the energetic lights of theme parks. Benidorm has five of them. The Las Vegas-style Benidorm Palace can also be seen. The beautiful Villaitana golf course looks smaller than its actual two 18-hole golf courses. These landmarks invite you to come and play.

Responsible Travel – Surfing in Lanzarote- https://www.responsiblevacation.com/vacations/lanzarote/travel-guide/surfing-in-lanzarote
Surfing in El Quemao http://www.hellocanaryislands.com/surfing/lanzarote/surfing-el-quemao/
Surfinglife.com (by Rich) http://www.surfinglife.com/surfing-in-lanzarote-canary-islands-3/

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Top of Cappadocia day trek – with Middle Earth Travel

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Top of Cappadocia day trek with Middle Earth Travel

Trekking through the valleys of Cappadocia’s fairy chimneys with Middle Earth Travel feels more like the set of a Star Wars movie than a historical region once carved out and lived in by humans. Churches, homes and pigeon houses are scattered throughout the valleys, all waiting to be explored. The best part is, Middle Earth Travel know all the hidden secrets.

Standing at the top of Cappadocia

Top of Cappadocia day trek – with Middle Earth Travel

On the 26th of July (which just so happens to be my birthday!) Middle Earth Travel took us on their private and guided Top of Cappadocia day trek. From Pasabag, along the top of Cappadocia and down through the Gulludere Rose Valley to Goreme, we trekked 15kms in one day! (We recommend getting your bearings with this map)

Upon arrival to the Middle Earth Offices, we were warmly greeted by our new friend Atil whom we had met a few days earlier while mountain biking through the Kizilcukur Red Valley. We were then introduced to our guide and given a briefing regarding the day. Normally, the Top of Cappadocia tour would start from Çavuşin, however, since we had already explored Çavuşin Castle, they adapted our tour to compensate ensuring we would explore new terrain!

With charged cameras, plenty of water and our running shoes on, we were driven to our starting point of Pasabag. We wandered through the fairy chimneys, coming across camels and markets – then the true hike began.

Pasabag in Cappadocia

The police station in Pasabag, Cappadocia

Camel in Pasabag, Cappadocia

Camel in Pasabag, Cappadocia

It was a slow and gentle incline. With no trees to provide shade, I quickly realised why our tour guide had chosen to wear fully covered clothing! As the sweat quickly set in (a waterfall in Moss’s case) we snapped away with our cameras and enjoyed the entertaining shapes of Imagine Valley and the amazing view. We also passed a lot of rock piles, which according to our guide mean ‘father’ and are built to help lead the way.

Animal shaped formations in Imagine Valley

Animal shaped formations in Imagine Valley

Middle Earth Travel, Cappadocia

Making our way to the top of Cappadocia

Father leading the way (rock pile)

Father leading the way (rock pile)

The higher we trekked, the more breath taking the views became! As we walked along the summit of Bozdag mountain (the Top of Cappadocia) we could see EVERTHING – Pasabag, Çavuşin Castle, Kizilcukur Red Valley, Gulludere Rose Valley and Goreme. We were on the Father of Valleys! After a quick nod of agreement to the guide, we pushed ourselves the extra distance and made our way to the flag, as this HAD to be the highest point and was definitely worth a photo and a selfie or two!

View from the top of Cappadocia

View from the top of Cappadocia

Flag at top of Cappadocia

From the flag we looked down upon Aktepe Hill which is known as a popular destination for watching the sun set and could spot Kizilvadi Restaurant, our destination for lunch! Kizilvadi Restaurant is an attraction of its own. With its own historic winery and Grape church, plus some Middle Earth Travel treks even stay there for the night! After having a massive feed of soup, salad and pasta plus a surprise birthday cake, we made our way down into Gulludere Rose Valley.

Kizilvadi Restaurant

Kizilvadi Restaurant

The scenery is amazing, with strong colours visible in perfect layers on the chimneys, you would wonder what an artist was thinking, had it been a painting. Also, hidden to the side of the track we walked across a little bridge and not expecting anything to be there we were wowed by the massive church carved. It was absolutely huge and hard to believe that its most recent use has been as a pigeon house!

Coloured chimneys in Cappadocia

Coloured chimneys in Cappadocia

Pigeon houses in Cappadocia

Pigeon houses in Cappadocia

Church in Gulludere Rose Valley

Hard to believe this Church is carved inside a fairy chimney!

Middle Earth Travel Review

  • The team at Middle Earth Travel were extremely knowledgeable and certainly know Cappadocia’s hidden secrets. They have friendships with local tea garden owners which is also of benefit as it gained us entry to locked churches and hidden rooms that we would not have otherwise seen.
  • We covered a lot of ground, however we did not feel rushed. The whole day focused on showing us the region, therefore we had as much time as we needed to explore each church and to take ‘just one more photo’.
  • It wasn’t all about trekking. With a whole day and 15kms to cover, there were a few silly poses (especially in Imagine Valley), and we learnt a lot about the myths, legends and way of life in Cappadocia.
  • In conclusion I highly recommend Middle Earth Travel if you wish to go trekking or mountain biking in Cappadocia.
  • Cost: Day treks with Middle Earth Travel range from 50-90 euro, depending on the number of people taking part. This includes lunch, guide, vehicle transfers and entrance fees to historical sites, but excludes alcoholic and soft drinks.
  • Middle Earth Travel are outdoor enthusiasts and offer multi-day over night treks, mountain biking, abseiling, or custom made itineraries, in multiple regions throughout Turkey.
  • www.middleearthtravel.com

Disclaimer: We were provided with a discount for the trek with Middle Earth Travel, however, as always our thoughts on our adventure travel blog our own.

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