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Haukur Pálsson

 •  4.02.13

LOST ON THE FAR SIDE

As Palli´s white station Volvo made it´s noisy way across the mountains from Neskaupsstaður to the northernmost of the east fiords, Seyðisfjörður, I tried to peer through the haze of events that the Eistnaflug metal festival had formed in my head and plan my next moves.  My mates assured me that I would have some place to stay in Seyðisfjörður and could survive there for a week, and then head home eventually. The town is as far away from Reykjavík as you get in Iceland, and was at some point an alternative capital.  Luckily Reykjavík was picked, as Seyðisfjörður is surrounded by majestic mountains leaving little space for expansion.  The sun sets and rises twice a day in the summertime, going around the southern peaks, and disappears for months during the winter.

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THE LONG WAY ROUND

Last summer I hitchhiked my way round the country, the outer circle of highway number one, first heading south toward the East.  I was short on cash so I volunteered to help set up a heavy metal festival in the far east fishing village of Neskaupsstaður.  The three day headbanger´s extravaganza is called Eistnaflug (e. flying testicles) and has been growing for the past six years, now with almost a thousand guests transforming the quiet town into a monstrous meeting of metalheads.

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The awesomeness of Snæfellsnes

On the southern coast of the Snæfellsnes peninsula, a pair of cliffs named Lóndrangar give home to local birds (not to mention the elves;) and have inspired many tourists, painters and photographers.  The cliffs are volcanic plugs, formed when sturdy basalt rock, hardened within the vent of an ancient volcanic crater, remained erect after the softer lava eroded away.  The rock of the hill Svalþúfa in the foreground is thought to have formed the rim of the crater, but the sea has claimed the rest. The taller cliff is believed to have been first ascended in 1735, and remains a challenging climb.  A noteworthy selection of birds inhabit the cliffs, including Fulmars, Guillemots and Black-legged Kittiwake.  Watch out for the fulmars, they like to vomit on aggressive bird-watchers, but the other ones are rather friendly.

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GAZING AT THE GEYSERS

Under Iceland´s calm exterior, surface water meets lukewarm magma at a depth of around two thousand metres and comes to a boil, resulting in the geyser effect - the word geyser deriving from Iceland´s original Geysir in Haukadalur.  The country is teeming with other geothermal hot spots, such as this one in the Reykjanes peninsula. Contact me and Iurie for more info or for guidance to the otherworldly outdoors of Iceland.

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HOW YOU PICTURE ICELAND

Iceland is ideal for timelapse photography, due to the everchanging weather and light, and the stunning landscapes. Doug and Karen Urquhart travelled the country for two weeks last autumn, with a tent and a Canon 7D, and shot this amazing collection of timelapse videos.  When they reached Jökulsárlón the Northern Lights appeared, quite vividly, as this years Solar Maximum was drawing near, with heightened solar winds which set the lights in motion.

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Haukur Pálsson

 •  16.01.13

Shoot in Siglufjörður

Siglufjörður is well worth a visit,  surrounded by steep mountains it was at times the biggest fishing port in the Icelandic ´Herring adventure´, that catapulted Icelandic economy, and a center for the adventureous.  I went for the weekend to the north and spent a quiet night in this idyllic village this January.  The fiord is surrounded by tunnels in both ends, high cliffs face the Sea of Greenland to the north. Across the eastern tunnel lies Héðinsfjörður, an uninhabited fiord on the way to Akureyri.  This part of the country is called "Tröllaskagi" (The Troll Peninsula).  Be warned.

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NORTHERN LIGHTS, INFO AND PHOTO TOURS

The Northern Lights are on a lot of people´s top 10 list of things to see on our planet.  But where do they come from.   What are the Northern Lights .

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I work on Photo tours with Iurie Belegurschi. We also try to provide photographers with tips about the best photography locations and attractions in Iceland and Greenland ...

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