South Iceland by Tom Perkins

South Iceland by Tom Perkins

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Iceland’s unique combination of arid, sparse volcanic plains, dramatic mountain ranges and fast-shifting weather sets a mood unlike anywhere on Earth.

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Perhaps the easiest way to experience this is to hire a car, and explore the southern region via Route 1, a ring road that borders the entire island.

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The most southerly town is Vik – a small idyllic village that makes for a perfect home-base to see many of Iceland’s most arresting natural attractions.

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Closer to Vik is the small promontory Dyrholaey that provides breathtaking views of the neighbouring coastlines of Selfoss and Reynsdrangar.

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Travelling further east along the southern coast of Route 1 surrounds you with miles of flat, volcanic landscapes, punctuated by peculiar rock formations and glaciers.

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Route 1 can stretch seemingly for hours without bending. Eventually the south easterly drive along Route 1 leads to arguably Iceland’s most famous attraction – Jökulsárlón.

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This glacial lagoon is home to 100s of luminous, blue icebergs slowly drifting from Breiðamerkurjökull glacier into the Atlantic Ocean.

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Jökulsárlón may be the most dynamic landscape photography location in the world, as icebergs are in constant motion from the winds and currents.

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In Iceland, the “golden hours” that bookend the start and end of the day can last for hours, even in the depths of winter.

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My shots from this seven-day trip were taken on a Nikon D610, in late December 2017.

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