Day three of our adventure across Iceland was definitely a little more touristy.
Fancying a breather from the cold wind, we popped over to the Mývatn Nature Baths for a relaxing dip. Continuing our string of good luck, we arrived at the exact same time as a fleet of US tourist buses on an arranged excursion from their Arctic cruise.
The Mývatn Nature Baths were tranquil and peaceful for all of about 7 minutes.
We somehow found a quiet corner and spent most of our time floating around there, before capturing some obligatory photos in the famous blue water. Oddly, my girlfriend actually volunteered to go into the cold pool so we could get a decent photo and it came out better than I could have hoped.
With my Fujinon 90mm f/2 in hand, I had to flip the camera into portrait mode and use the articulating screen to see what I was doing – as there was no chance of me lying prone on the freezing cold floor. What made this more interesting was that I was wet, barely clothed and trying to hold my hand steady in 1 degree temperatures.
The was an element of ‘spray-and-pray’ here, but thankfully my steady hand behaved and we managed to get something pretty awesome.
Make sure you’ve read part 2 of my Iceland blog series first!
Mývatn Nature Baths to Grjótagjá
On the way back to Akureyri, we swung by the cave where Jon Snow lost his virginity in Game of Thrones where I waited around for about an hour to get a shot that didn’t even become public.
Angles were so limited and the cave was so unbelievably dark and contrasty from the beaming sunlight that there wasn’t much that could be done. With a bit more energy and inspiration, I might have captured something cool but we didn’t really want to hang around too long as we had plenty more to see.
I’m still amazed by how the cinematographer for Game of Throne made it look so awesome.
Grjótagjá, Hverir Then Home
Although we already stopped by Hverir before, we didn’t really find much opportunity for any photos. The wind was so strong and we were so underprepared for the cold that neither of us fancied shooting. Thankfully, the Mývatn area is so awesome and everything is just a few minutes drive away from each other.
We captured everything we wanted before beginning the hour drive back to Akureyri. The weather until this point had been very cold and very grey – but day three of our adventure felt a little different.
It wasn’t just grey, it was very grey. The clouds were pretty mean looking and the skies in Iceland are so enormous that you can see breaks in the cloud for miles upon miles.
This meant for some seriously dramatic images along our travels and over Akureyri as we descended the mountains. Who would have thought that 135mm would make a good landscape focal length?
Only in Iceland.