Iceland Geothermal Power in the Highlands is just like Mordor

A sunrise of a geothermal area near the tourist town of Myvatn in IcelandCanon 5D Mark II Camera and Canon 24-105mm f4 IS L series lens.

The geothermal potential in Iceland is extraordinary. My travel buddy Joseph and I arrived at this mournful place, in the highlands above the popular tourist town of Mývatn, in the early hours of the morning. It had already been a very long day full of driving and photography but, with the sun about to rise, I decided to explore the location in the hope of being able to photograph the sunrise.

The location is quite eerie, particularly at that time of day. It reminded me very much of Mordor, the home of Sauron from the Lord of the Rings. I must have walked and photographed for a couple of hours. The above image was one of the hardest to make. I was effectively photographing near black earth against a bright sky background. I only had a few minutes to set up and make the photograph before the sun rose over the hill with blinding ferocity. I also had to keep moving to stop the soles of my hiking boots from being singed by the hot steam spurting out of the ground around me. 

After some more exploring I returned to our camper van for a well earned rest. A shower would have to wait until the next motel, another day away.

Iceland is an amazing place for landscape photography. The long days during the relatively short summer period provides the enthusiastic photographer with many and varied opportunities for great landscape photography. Perhaps you'll be able to join me there one day. I hope to run a special photography tour to Iceland in the not too distant future. If you're interested feel free to drop me a line via the Contact Glenn link at the top of this site.

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