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Jórunn

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My name is Jorunn and I live in Reykjavik. I have great passion for photography and travelling. Icelandic nature is a big inspiration for me. The light and the unique landscape is phenomenal and gives one endless opportunities for photography. I specialise in landscape photography but have also been doing portraits and macro work. I love to share my experience with others and advice people that are planning a visit to Iceland. I have experience doing photo day tours with small group of people to places as Snæfellsnes peninsula, Reykjanes peninsula, the south coast of Iceland and the Golden circle. Im also willing to offer you a tailor made tour of your choice. If you want some great tips about travelling or photographing in those areas or join me on a photo tour please send me a line.
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December Darkness in Iceland

Are you coming to Iceland in December? Read about the ever changing light and conditions here from a photographer's perspective! Even though December is the darkest month in Iceland this month is all about light. During winter time days get shorter in Iceland with less light because of the country´s high latitude. That means that the longest day in the middle of December is only 5 hours of light maximum. Sunrise is around 11 AM and sunset between 3 and 4 PM. Sounds strange but this is what we Icelanders are used to and nothing is more normal than going to work in total darkness and arrivi

Chasing Waterfalls in Iceland

Iceland is spectacular in so many ways and Icelandic nature is quite unique with its vast landscape,  volcanic activity, geothermal areas, glacier lagoons and sceneries, black sand beaches and spectacular mountain ridges.  The country's most recognizable series of attractions though are maybe the endless amount of waterfalls making Iceland quite unique. Once I heard the number 10.000.  I'm not sure about this number but I sure know that they are in abundance and wherever you go you will find a waterfall so chasing them is easy.   Why do we have so many waterfalls some people ask and the a

Attractions by Skaftafell Nature Reserve

Skaftafell National Park was established in 1967 but as from 2008 it became a part of the larger Vatnajokull National Park. The size of the Vatnajokull National Park including Skaftafell is around 14.200 km2 making it Europe's second largest National Park after Yugyd Va in Russia. See also: National Parks in Iceland See also: Skaftafell tours When travelling around Iceland this part of the country should not be left out because there are breathtaking sceneries and vistas wherever you go and great opportunities in terms of photography and outdoor activity of all kind.  The landscape can b

What is the weather like in Iceland ?

How is the weather in Iceland ? When is the best weather or when is the best time to visit ? These are questions I frequently get from travelers interested in Iceland. To be honest with you, living in Iceland is tricky and to answer these questions is almost impossible to be honest.  Iceland is a land of ice and fire (literally) and the weather can change very rapidly. Our island is located just south of the Arctic circle and temperature is cool in the summer and almost mild in winter. If you don´t believe me this is what the Icelandic met office says. "Iceland enjoys a much milder climate t

The Lopapeysa

I know this is something unusual for me to write about but even so it found its way into my blog.  I'm gonna talk a little bit about the hip and cool Icelandic must have thing "lopapeysa".  If you are wondering what that might be then it's a hand knitted wool sweater made from Icelandic wool.  In the old days this was something that mostly fishermen and farmers put on to stay warm and the grandmothers knitted it but in the middle of the 20th century it came very popular amongst younger people and nowadays almost every Icelander owns one and plenty of people all ages knit those themselves.  

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The remote island Flatey

Have you ever visited some of the islands around Iceland? I recommend you do and there are several beautiful islands possible to visit. One of them is Flatey island, located in Breidafjordur bay on the northwestern part of Iceland. The island is about two kilometers long and one kilometer wide and is quite flat almost without any hills, so therefore the name 'Flatey', meaning "flat island". Flatey is the largest island among a cluster of about forty other small islands in the area. If you want to go to Flatey you need to take the ferry from either Stykkishólmur or Brjánslækur and please n

Elliðaárdalur - A hidden gem in Reykjavík

In the middle of Reykjavík city there is a hidden nature gem called Elliðaárdalur valley, a peaceful recreation area that not many travellers know about or visit. If you are staying in Reykjavík and you have some extra time I totally recommend a visit to this oasis of the outskirt of the city. It's easy to reach from Reykjavík and you can even take the bus. You could even combine it with a trip to the historical museum Árbæjarsafn located not far away. I wrote about it before in Top 10 tips for photography in Reykjavík. Elliðaárdalur valley is know for its beautiful river called Elliðaá ri

Why not get married in Iceland?

As we  know Iceland is quite unique with its vast raw landscape, geothermal and volcanic activity, glaciers and lagoons and big endless lava fields. Because of its uniqueness and spectacular landscape Iceland is getting more and more popular among visitors from abroad. Ofcourse people visit with different purpose in mind and travel around the island with different style. People even come here to get married and last week I had the honour to join, guide and photograph a beautiful couple who came to Iceland on a cruise with the purpose to get married in the National Park at Þingvellir. As you

The Dynamic Plant Lupine

People have been asking me where to find lupines in Iceland. If you like them you should be able to find them easily in Iceland in summer. They are in bloom and visible almost wherever you drive around the country, very often along roads and lakes.   Looking at those purple fields sometimes reminds of a beautiful lavender field and the lupines sure make a beautiful and a vibrant scene wherever you go this time of year. In Iceland we mostly have the purple species but lupines come in several colours; purple, blue, pink, red, yellow and white. The lupine is one of the taller and prosperous p

Þingvellir National Park - Where You Walk Between Two Continents

Discover why Þingvellir National Park is such a sought after tourist destination and the significance of its history and geology. Why is it the only UNESCO World Heritage Site on the Icelandic mainland? How did it form? Why is it so popular? Read ahead for all you need to know about Þingvellir National Park. Most visitors to Iceland will, at some point, take the Golden Circle, the most popular tourist route in the country. Images from its three destinations adorn postcards and websites, to the extent that many know what to expect from the tour before they even arrive. The iconic Gullfoss wa

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