When I am giving talks to camera clubs I always try to use the real names for locations in images rather than the tourist names, but I do struggle with the images from Iceland. I recently found out that the real name of the well known “Diamond Beach” near Jökulsárlón is Breiðamerkursandur, which I will try and learn to pronounce.
I do cheat sometimes and say “The beach at Vik” rather than it’s real name of Reynisfjara, and also “The Rhyolite mountains near the centre of Iceland” rather than Kerlingarfjöll. I am going to make a concerted effort to learn how to pronounce the real names, as it’s easy to find websites that will play these names as sounds. I’m also going to try and learn some basic Icelandic, as I think it’s polite if you can say “Thank You” and “Goodbye” etc in the native language. There are now plenty of Apps and websites to allow you to do this, and like many people I have a lot of spare time on my hands!
Like most places in Iceland Kerlingarfjöll has an amazing natural beauty, as well as the orange and red rocks you also get snow on the mountains, as well as geothermal vents, so both temperature extremes at the same time.
Getting to Kerlingarfjöll is a bit of a trek, and Lulu and I didn’t have long there as it was at the end of a long day where we’d had our usual very early start, but here’s a few images from there from our trip in 2016, and we hope to go back there on our next trip.
I like the steam and the ice in the background of these images, and Lulu was constrained in keeping below that ridge for her posing, but did some super poses.
We also managed a quick set down by a small stream, where it was fun making sure nobody was around and also trying to time the poses with the steam escaping from a nearby vent, all with Lulu posing on the only suitable posing rock.
Many thanks to Lulu, and now I just have to choose which ones to put in the book of Iceland images that I am compiling.