The longest part of the trip around Iceland was from Snaefellsnes in the northwest to Lake Myvatn in the northeast. This trip normally takes about 6 hours by car but took us about 16 hours because there was just so much jaw-dropping beauty to stop and photograph along the way. We arrived at our destination at about 1:30 AM. The sun never set completely, and for the last two hours of the trip we were treated to spectacular colors and landscapes such as these.
I almost didn't know where to start when it came to editing my Iceland photographs. So I started with lava, as it is the foundation of this extraordinary country. With over 30 active volcano systems, Iceland's volcanoes have erupted over a third of the world's total lava output of the past 500 years. I spent many wonderful hours in surreal moss-covered lava fields and walking along peaceful black beaches that tell a more violent story of tectonic upheaval, creation, and destruction. This is truly an awe-inspiring place.