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Photographer. Reykjavík, Iceland.

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Living in a country with such extreme seasonal shifts, I often wonder how these remote areas are looking after a summer storm or winter blizzard roll through. Upon seven hours of late night 4psi driving through some less than perfect snow conditions, we woke up to this incredible scene earlier this week.
Shot for @icelandair.
#mystopover

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Waking up to rainy weather at the @volcanohuts, we made our way up to the cave to scout the ice. Along with the rain, warmer temperatures had led to this large icicle collapsing on the right, revealing the light flow of the waterfall once again.
It’s such a nice experience to sit out there and listen to the water echo out from the cave walls.
#þórsmörk

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The Return | Workshop.
It’s always an eventful journey to head out onto the frozen tracks of Iceland with my Land Rover, on this occasion the river ice broke down and we had to push our way through. On the flip side, the rainy season in Namibia leads to some crazy flooding on the @erindinamibia safari tracks, making for some similarly as eventful adventures in their specialised Defenders - just change out the ice for some wild animals haha!
@donalboyd and I still have a few seats available on our New Life workshop set for next February. All the information can be found via the link in my bio.
It’s going to be a solid trip 🤙🏼

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As the clouds drift over the highland landscape, bright sunlight shines down through the gaps. With a burst of momentary illumination, the strange textures of this glacial river were revealed.
#iceland

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Back on the island | Workshop.
I’ve just returned from two weeks out of the country, and yes, it is always hard to leave these views behind!
I spent this time on a scouting mission with my good friend @donalboyd in the Namibian wilderness at @erindinamibia. It was an incredible place and definitely refreshed my eyes in the world of photography. Upon returning, I’ve decided to join Donal next February in co-hosting a workshop over there, all with the aim of sharing our knowledge in photography with a small team of 8 people, on board the Land Rover safari vehicle of course!
It’s definitely a huge flip on my usual lifestyle haha, but I believe this is a great place to learn this craft and I’m super stoked for the trip.
If you’re interested, all of the details can be found via the link in my bio, and if you‘d like some inspiration before applying you can find an endless stream of wildlife images from the area over on @donalboyd’s page.
It’s going to be an amazing time 🤙🏼

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They’re always watching.

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Carved by intense volcanic flooding and glacial retraction, this canyon has encountered some fierce activity throughout its lifetime. Resembling a mysterious work of art, deep scars are spread across the rock walls. Each one reveals a unique story of boulders pummelling through the landscape as they were pushed along in the flow of heavy flood waters. As it stands today, both still and quiet, it’s hard to imagine what it would be like to witness the wild events that have occurred here in the past.
#iceland

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A foggy day in the East can hide all of the mountains from view. Every now and then, one of the many peaks will suddenly appear through the clouds and quickly vanish again. While sailing out in the fjord, we watched as some distant birds flew right in front of this scene. This is just one of many moments that make the East Fjords so special to me.

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Looking up into the fresh falling snow ❄️

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The ice crater.
Shades of blue appear as the surface layers begin to melt on top of the ice, often becoming the most colourful area of the landscape ❄️

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Last light beaming down over the first snow in the highlands this winter 🤙🏼

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Walls of ice.
Slowly drifting out into the fjord, these giant icebergs will occasionally collide. In an otherwise silent landscape, the sounds of these collisions are echoed across the land and intense displays of ice calving can be witnessed.

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Eastern lands with @icelandair.
It seems like an endless view of grey stone mountains, when out of nowhere the moss appears to have grown over these structures that were isolated in a shadowed gulley.
Coming across these spots while cruising around the country makes it a truly dynamic experience. The land is in constant change and it’s often an incredible thing to see ✌🏼
#mystopover

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Heading out into the ice fjord.
First you see one iceberg, then two and then one thousand. It seems so endless when you look out to the open ocean in the distance.
#greenland

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Rugged up in the arctic.
Always remember this day, it was -22° Celsius and I hiked out to the edge of the Ice Fjord to capture some images. I know this is a mild winter temperature for some, but after three hours out there I was definitely feeling frozen.
It's an icy moment I'll never forget and thought I'd share a self portrait from that day 🤙🏼

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Out of the den and into the wild. With the wind blowing away from us, we followed this pup for quite a while as he jumped around without sensing our presence. Eventually however, he spotted us with a quick stare and vanished into the trees.
The cubs have grown into active little explorers as of late. We've been seeing them all over the valley.
Shot for @icelandair.
#mystopover | #iceland

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Scattered around the country, these little cabins have stood for decades enduring the relentless Icelandic weather.
This one seems to be holding up pretty well!
#iceland

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Under the light rays.
It's been so rad to explore the east with these inspiring dudes @alexstrohl and @1924us. We've had some truly unpredictable weather and there were many laughs as we tried to push through the rain and hike up mountains in the mud.
The East Fjords are such a special part of the country and @inspiredbyiceland have created a great resource over on their site to learn the a-ö of the region, it's worth checking out if you're coming for a visit ✌🏼
#iceland
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