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Highland life.
Even though it's the busiest time of year, there's always a way to find some peace and quiet out in the highlands. Its so calming to switch off and listen to the sounds of the nature here. Sometimes there are even moments of pure silence.
Shot for @icelandair.
#mystopover | #iceland

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Unforeseen.
Really stoked to announce a new adventure in the Namibian wilderness with my buddy @donalboyd for our upcoming photographic workshop - Unforeseen.
We're excited to have eight people come along on this expedition, where we will share all of our knowledge on photography, whilst spending meaningful time up close with the animals at @erindinamibia.
On the flip side, here's an image of an Arctic Fox up here in the cold north!
All the info and application form can be found via the link in my bio 🤙🏼

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Paddling amongst the ice really puts things into perspective. In a similar way to seeing ocean swell rolling in, you never really know how big the icebergs are until you're staring at them face to face. However the ice out here must be treated with caution, potentially flipping over at any moment.
What seems so tranquil can be the most gnarly sight in an instant.
Cheers to @orukayak for the equipment 🤙🏼

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Layers of land with @icelandair.
Amongst the harsh highland elements, these strange mountain ridges slowly crumble. With this comes unique temporary formations in the rock, coming to life in the contrasts of thick fog as it hovers above.
#mystopover | #iceland

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Straight down over the river veins.

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Blue pools.
At the edge of the ice cap, rivers carve the land that is slowly revealed as the glacier retracts. Rich mineral water pools all over the surface, glowing in the light.

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Out in the field, we often come across locations where elements of distinct highland terrain unite.
In this area, a massive green mountain stands above a vast plain of black volcanic sand.
Truly a sublime landscape.
#iceland

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The darkness has returned.
It's a strange feeling to see a star in the sky again after a summer of endless light.
#iceland

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The lone cabin.
Out amongst the open ocean, the island stands tall. With distant shores and neighbouring islands, it's surrounded by life. Though the cabin visitors spend their days alone, with nothing but some sheep to keep them company.
#iceland

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It's such a calming experience to watch the birds gliding through the clouds. Chilling at the base of the canyon, I could watch them for hours 🌪️

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When light beams down over the highland valley.

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It really feels like another planet sometimes 🇮🇸

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Above the ice wall.
Tucked away behind a canyon, this glacier tongue sits high up out of sight. It's so interesting to see how the solid ice warps over the vertical rock face.
#iceland

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Natural mirror.
For a brief second, the elements aligned.
#iceland

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Rapid weather change over an old mountain hut.
Dismantled almost twenty years ago, remnants of the ski resort remain throughout the area.

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Never a dull day flying high above the glacial flows with the legend himself @volcanopilot.
Here's a shot looking straight down over the river 🤙🏼

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Beyond the ice cap.
Within the northern edge of Vatnajökull sits a world of strange glacial landscapes.
In this particular area, both sand and volcanic ash cover the ice as far as the eye can see. Dust storms kick up as katabatic winds sweep down from the high mountains. Deep-ice melt water tunnels reach the surface here, causing endless lakes to rise out of the ice.
It's almost impossible to put this place into words, and just as hard to reach.
Glaciers are some of the most dangerous places to traverse. Never travel on the ice without an experienced guide, and show extreme caution with every step to minimise the risk of a fatal mistake.

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When the family comes to visit, we head to the mountains.
On this summit climb, panoramic views swiftly turned to a complete white out. With the wind howling, these are the moments we'll truly remember.
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