Greetings from the Snæfellsnes Peninsula in western Iceland. I am back in Iceland working on another segment of my Night Light book project. So far since we arrived we have been dealt a hand of brutal weather. A blizzard the first night, driving rain yesterday and another blizzard this morning. Yesterday we spent about 12 hours in the car looking for inland locations at higher elevations that might offer some respite from the weather…and more importantly, a partial clearing with a view for the heavens. The primary goal for the trip? The aurora borealis. That means we are short on sleep for the duration of this trip. I need to be out shooting all night trying to get the lights and during the day we are also hunting for dramatic landscapes to photograph.
We are about to head out into the 50mph wind and snow to see if we can find a spot that offers some protection from the elements and a view worthy of a photograph. If we are lucky, we wont be back to our hotel until 5 a.m. as that will mean we have been out shooting the aurora all night. The forecast doesn’t look promising. One thing is for certain though…if you don’t try and spend your time by the fireplace with a glass of wine, you wont be getting any photos. You have to brave the elements and there is no place I would rather be!
Here is a sampling of the photos from our first two days in Iceland…I hope you enjoy and I promise to post some more photos soon!