The Sun Also Shines – part one..

As followers of this blog will know, I like bad weather.  At least, I like to photograph dynamic weather.  As a result I feel sometimes that I do Iceland a disservice as many of my photographs tend to be taken when the weather is doing its thing.

However, of course the sun also shines in Iceland and when the sun shines in the winter months, it’s magical.  Daylight is very limited, just a few hours a day and with the sun hanging so low in the sky, the light has a wonderful quality.

Last week I shared some pictures of Vik in the Sunshine.  This week I’m sharing a few more blue sky landscapes.  As I started to go though my archives, I realised there were far more sunny days over the last couple of winters I’ve been in Iceland than I’d remembered so I’m going to be posting these picture postcard winter landscapes over several posts.  I hope you enjoy them as much as I enjoyed taking them..

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49 responses

  1. hmunro

    No matter the weather, you always make Iceland look magical! Gorgeous images.

    July 22, 2016 at 4:48 pm

    • Thank you very much! You’ve very kind! :-)

      July 22, 2016 at 5:04 pm

  2. Omgosh….stunning!

    July 22, 2016 at 5:03 pm

    • Thank you very much Tilde! :-)

      July 22, 2016 at 5:05 pm

  3. Stunning blue sky photos, Adrian. It looks like no place I’ve ever been to, even in my dreams. The picnic table image is totally surreal, and driving on those obscured roads is not for the fainthearted.

    July 22, 2016 at 6:14 pm

    • Thank you Sylvia. It is a little daunting driving on roads that are rapidly disappearing as the wind blows the snow covering the tracks you’re following and not knowing quite what the ice is covering either side of you, this one was a bit of a white knuckle ride but we did arrive at the most beautiful glacier that I’ll post pictures of next time! :-)

      July 22, 2016 at 7:03 pm

  4. Yvonne Theze

    Hi, some interesting pictures. A real feel for Iceland. Looks cold. I love the sunburst picture X

    Sent from my iPad


    July 22, 2016 at 7:36 pm

    • Thank you Mum! :-) x

      July 23, 2016 at 3:37 pm

  5. Oh goodness, what a great series about this country of my dreams. Super stuff.

    July 22, 2016 at 7:43 pm

    • Thank you very much Paula! Iceland is a very beautiful country of extreme contrasts. :-)

      July 23, 2016 at 4:14 pm

  6. Stunning photos. Beautiful landscape.

    July 22, 2016 at 8:47 pm

  7. This are magnificent landscapes

    July 22, 2016 at 10:09 pm

    • Thank you very much Lou! :-)

      July 23, 2016 at 4:14 pm

  8. Beautiful work. I guess even if you didn’t find the road, you would have had numerous photo opportunities.

    Since the daylight hours are limited, do you go out with a specific plan of what to shoot, or do you just go wherever your eyes take you?

    July 22, 2016 at 11:41 pm

    • Thank you Mr Dragon! Indeed there’s always a photo to be found in Iceland. When I first visited, it was basically a case of wherever my eyes took me. As I’ve got to know the country, I usually set out with a clear intention of where I want to take photos but there’s always lots of stopping on the way to wherever that might be. :-)

      July 23, 2016 at 3:36 pm

  9. This is such a beautiful scenery, Adrian. Almost like being on a skiing holiday. Do many people ski there at all, I wonder?
    I really do like the sunny shots. For once, because of the rather calm sky and the (almost) lack of clouds. It makes a difference. Like a little break from the dramatic scenes. And when the bad weather shots appear again, it makes them look even greater. :-)
    I must admit I love the dramatic clouds we have in Norfolk. When Klausbernd sees my photos, he find the clouds “too much” so I have to point out, that’s how it is! It looks great in nature, he thinks, but it doesn’t look natural in a photo. So at the moment, with this gorgeous weather we are blessed with, I have to point out how colourful the sea is, how blue the sky is and how reddish golden the fields are, it’s not photoshopped at all. And still I tend to reduce the colours by 20%. :-)
    The clouds now resemble smooth silk scarfs, almost see-through and Norfolk is celebrating summer. We are off to the village summer party on the green in front of the church.
    We very much look forward to seeing the next captures from the glacier!
    Hope every things is fine, have a wonderful weekend,
    Hanne and Klausbernd x

    July 23, 2016 at 12:40 pm

    • Thank you so much for your lovely message Hanne and Klausbernd. Iceland is beautiful in all weather and it’s nice to show the nice weather photographs too I think. People do ski in Iceland. A favourite place for Skiing is Akureyri in the north of Iceland. I imagine Norfolk is looking very beautiful at the moment. I’m very much looking forward to being back there in a few weeks. We call those wispy clouds that you describe so nicely as Mare’s tails. I hope that you enjoyed your village summer party. Have a great Sunday! :-) x

      July 24, 2016 at 6:46 am

  10. So VERY beautiful, Adrian….and I do love that image of the coastline with the ice chunks….there’s just something so compelling about it…..very nice. :)

    July 23, 2016 at 5:32 pm

    • Thank you very much Scott! Iceland is such a beautiful place! :-)

      July 24, 2016 at 7:09 am

  11. You are certainly not doing Iceland a disservice the way you always show its beauty. Sunshine is no different, once again you have captured some stunning images. I really like the one with the tracks disappearing into the mountain in the background.

    July 23, 2016 at 9:12 pm

    • Thank you Otto. I felt it was about time I posted some photographs from the sunny days we have enjoyed in Iceland too. Not my favourite conditions in which to take photographs but the landscape is so very beautiful in any weather and when the sun shines, especially in winter, it is stunning. :-)

      July 24, 2016 at 7:12 am

  12. I truly hope i get to see this incredibly beautiful place some time. Love your compositions and totally get your fascination and appreciation of this place ☺

    July 24, 2016 at 1:02 am

    • Thank you Trees! I really hope you get to Iceland one day too. It is rather special! :-)

      July 24, 2016 at 7:54 am

  13. These are brilliant, the combination of sun and snow is magical 😊

    July 24, 2016 at 7:14 am

    • Thank you Mark! The sunny days were not my favourite for photography but they were wonderful to experience and I thought it about time I showed that side of Iceland too! :-)

      July 24, 2016 at 7:53 am

  14. Black Lightness

    Magic photos, great landscape, it is nice to see photos of winter in summer…

    July 24, 2016 at 8:18 am

    • Thank you very much! I hot weather I guess it is nice to see winter photos! :-)

      July 24, 2016 at 10:51 am

  15. These are quite beautiful Adrian. Sometimes I think we appreciate the sun much more when it appears less frequently! Beautiful captures as always.

    July 24, 2016 at 4:35 pm

    • Thank you very much Tina. I think you’re right. Sunshine like this is quite rare in Iceland during the winter and it really is quite magical when the snow just lights up and begins to sparkle! :-)

      July 24, 2016 at 4:51 pm

  16. Your photographs are amazing in all kinds of weather :)

    July 24, 2016 at 5:21 pm

    • Thank you so much Camilla! :-)

      July 25, 2016 at 5:58 am

  17. BAd WEATHER …..u say????the results are mindblowing .Thanx for making us see the untouched beauty of Iceland thru ur lens.Yes, a lot of hard work goes into planning a perfect capture wid the sun playing games but at the end….ITS WORTH IT.

    July 25, 2016 at 4:16 pm

    • Thank you very much! :-)

      July 25, 2016 at 5:03 pm

  18. Always a pleasure visiting your blog – such lovely photos! Loved the photos of these remote locations.

    July 26, 2016 at 6:00 pm

    • Thank you Inger, a pleasure having you visit! :-)

      July 27, 2016 at 4:24 pm

  19. How more I look at your photo’s how beautiful they are.

    July 26, 2016 at 8:57 pm

    • Thank you so much Lou! :-)

      July 27, 2016 at 4:24 pm

  20. Such an incredible series of shots ~ and in good weather which is rare for you :-)
    Yes, you do inspire people to get out in the rain, wind and harsh weather ~ but it is also great to see you can excel when Mother Nature is on her best behaviour as well :-) Cheers to a great continuation of summer photography ~

    July 27, 2016 at 5:52 pm

    • Thank you Randall. Yes these sunny days made a nice change to battling the blizzards and the near hurricane force winds and it’s been nice to re-visit and reflect on Iceland in the sunshine. Iceland is beautiful in any weather but a bit of winter sunshine really goes a very long way! :-)

      July 28, 2016 at 4:46 pm

  21. It’s an entirely different place when the sun shines. I love those rich blues contrasting with the pristine snow.

    August 1, 2016 at 7:22 am

    • I love photographing the extreme weather as you know Andy but when the sun shines in Iceland, the beauty is on another level entirely and a real pleasure to witness. :-)

      August 1, 2016 at 7:48 am

  22. The fourth photo is very exciting, and the sixth – for me, very satisfying.

    August 6, 2016 at 12:46 am

    • Thank you again Lynn! You’re very kind. It was interesting to say the least, driving toward that glacier, approaching that hump in the road that you see in the fourth photograph I had to stop and take the picture. It was fun not knowing what we might find on the other side. As for the last picture, the sun so low in the sky in the winter months gives such tremendous opportunity given the light is so wonderful. :-)

      August 7, 2016 at 9:24 am

  23. Stunning pictures

    August 31, 2016 at 4:09 pm

    • Thank you so much Arv!

      August 31, 2016 at 4:31 pm

      • You are welcome :)

        September 1, 2016 at 4:55 pm

  24. Świetne fotografie :) Pozdrawiam :)

    September 9, 2016 at 4:22 pm

    • Dziękuję Ci bardzo! :-)

      September 10, 2016 at 10:24 am

      • :)

        September 10, 2016 at 10:26 am