Monday, 9th September 2013
A Blue Tale
by Julien Fumard
The middle part of Iceland is a desert known under the name of Highlands (yes, this is a relatively high altitude desert). All the roads leading there are F roads (roads reserved to 4WD vehicles), meaning that if you drive there with a non 4WD vehicle, it's at your own risks. However, some of them are "practicable" with standard vehicles (as long as they are not rental as it is totally forbidden to use them here!). The most famous is the F35, also called Kjölur, and is a good way to get an overview of what these highlands are about.
Hveravellir is certainly one of the most famous places in the Highlands. You quickly understand why as one can easily reach a fumarole, a geyser and a breathtaking smoking blue lagoon, all in the same area! But to really enjoy the place, you should sta at least for a night. Weather here changes fast : from bright sun to thick fog, from thick fog to hailstorm. The only sounds that you can hear are the sounds of the elements, particularly the one of the incessant wind. That plus the fact that there is no running water makes you clearly understand that, as a human being, you have no place in this volcanic desert. A sweet sensation!
Equipment: EOS 5D + 17-40 f/4L
Born in Marseille, south of France, I have been attracted by nature and its magical ambiances since I am a child. In 2007, after a one month road-trip through Scandinavia, my interest for this part of the world and for photography begin to appear. The gorgeous landscapes of the Norwegian fjords, the Lofoten islands and the polar regions as well as the unforgettable arctic lights will lead me to live a couple of months in Tromsø, northern Norway, in 2011-12. There, the passion I have for photography becomes overactive.