The light in the west

Yesterday’s forecast was terrible; wind and rain can be good to photograph. Tourism providers outside the capital and the south have been complaining about the official marketing in Iceland. In recent years, Southwest Iceland and Reykjanes have primarily been promoted, all places close to the capital. The same goes for the light in the west.

There are many places worth visiting in West Iceland, such as Snæfellsnes, Dalasýsla and the Borgarfjörður region, which not only offers nature, but there are also significant cultural and historical sites such as Reykholt in Reykholtsdalur, and the war relics in Hvalfjörður. In the west, there are not only most of the country’s islands but also isolated beaches at Hvammsfjörður, a magnificent volcano with a glacier cap, Snæfellsjökull in the west of Snæfellsnes, and two lighthouses side by side in Akranes. Icelandic Times / Land & Saga ventured west in the lousy weather to capture the light of the west.

The light is shining on Hestfjall in Andakíll.

Looking west Hvammsfjörður, Snæfellsnes to the left, Skorravíkurmúli on Fellströnd to the right

Hraunfossar in Hvítársíða flows from Skógarhraun Lava Field in Hvítá in the pouring rain, which sharpens the green colour even more, giving the image more depth.

The evening sun illuminates Stóröxl in Hvalfjörður.

Vesturland 07/08/2022 : A7R III, A7R IV : FE 1.2/50mm GM, FE 1.8/135mm GM

Photographs & text: Páll Stefánsson