ICELAND DISPATCH #5 – MIDNIGHT SUN

After dinner yesterday at a local Reykjavik restaurant (the fish soup was excellent) I went out on a midnight sun whale watching tour with Elding. This is not the first time I have been out photographing whales. In July last year I spent several hours photographing Sperm Whales off the coast of the South Island of New Zealand. But that was during the middle of the day in flat rather dull overcast light. This time the opportunity and hope was to be able to photograph the whales in the perpetual golden light of the midnight sun.

We did see some Minke whales and also some White-beaked Dolphins during the trip, but unfortunately they were at quite a distance and not overly excited by the boats presence. However, the weather was stunningly beautiful with perfect calm seas, lovely light and an endless sunset. It is hard to describe what the experience of the midnight Sun is like in Iceland. Its a seemingly endless sunset/sunrise with beautiful golden light that literally goes on for hours. It is incredibly special to behold.

Midnight Sun

Now I am off for breakfast and to meet up with my guide and small group of other photographers for the next ten days. We are heading over to Skaftafell in the Southeast in the morning where we will be based for two nights. From there we plan to photograph at the Jokuslsarlon glacial lagoon and the glacier and mountain landscape of the Skaftafell National Park. The drive from Reykavik to this first base is around 350 km. This will be my first foray into Iceland’s wilderness and I am itching to get some proverbial landscape ‘frames in the can’.

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