Iceland: Skaftafell – Svinafellsjökull Glacier Rainbow – Vatnajökull National Park

In a Northern Lights hunting expedition, my wife Liza and I went to Iceland in March of 2017. We caught the Northern Lights on two evenings out of eight.

But mostly it was cloudy, windy, and rainy. We went out every day anyway. Sometimes there were small breaks in the clouds. This was one of those times.

Feature Image Details: Canon 100-400 MM F 4.5-5.6 L Lens:  I shot at ISO 125 at 188mm for 1/800 seconds at F9.

ISO 125 was hardly ideal. I should have been at ISO 400 or 800 to get a faster shutter speed to counteract the wind. It was windy as heck and I only got two sharp frames.

But this is one of those situations where you grab your camera, put on the right lens then start firing away. I pulled off the highway on the nearest road I could find to get that shot.

That is the widest (red to violet) rainbow I have ever seen. The rainbow lasted about 30 seconds or so, if that. We were on our way to the Svinafellsjökull Glacier in Vatnajökull National Park, image below.

Iceland Aurora Images

  1. Iceland Northern Lights, Snæfellsnes Peninsula, Búðir
  2. Iceland Northern Lights, Snæfellsnes Peninsula, Búdir, Búdakirkja Church
  3. Iceland Northern Lights, Snæfellsjökull National Park, Malarrif Lighthouse

This was our second trip to Iceland. We returned specifically to see the Northern lights. We caught a very good display on the last evening (the above links).

First Trip

Here are some links of favorite images on our first trip.

  1. Iceland in 16 Days: Day 1, South Region, Seljalandsfoss Waterfall
  2. Iceland in 16 Days: Day 6, North Iceland, Selfoss Waterfall
  3. Iceland in 16 Days: Day 8, North Iceland, Husavik, Whale Watching
  4. Iceland in 16 Days: Day 12, Westfjords, Látrabjarg Bird Cliffs, Breiðavík, Puffins
  5. Iceland in 16 Days: Day 15, Brúarfoss Waterfall – Golden Circle

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Iceland – Svartifoss Waterfall – Vatnajökull National Park

In March of 2017 my wife Liz and I went Aurora Borealis (Northern Lights) hunting in Iceland. It’s a popular destination for chasing the Northern Lights hunting, but the results are often mixed. I posted several Northern lights images (links below), but we only had one great nighttime excursion.

The rest of the trip was by no means a bust. Please take a chance.

This location is the Svartifoss Waterfall featuring basalt columns of volcanic rock.

The hike is 1.5 kilometers (0.93 miles), each way, from the visitor center, uphill. On the way to Svartifoss, you come across other waterfalls in the gorge. Svartifoss cannot be seen from the road and the hike up to it takes some 90 minutes back and forth with photo stops.

We got lucky. It was cloudy and rainy when we started the hike. The clouds broke for about 15 minutes as we reached the top.

Feature Image Details

For the featured image, I used a Canon 24-105MM F4 L Lens at 28mm for 0.8 seconds at F16.

Anyone with a tripod and reasonable technique could get this shot. The two keys are a tripod and reasonable technique. You need a tripod because you cannot hand hold for anywhere close to a second. Yet, if you do not force the shutter open that long, you cannot get smooth, silky water.

Closeup Detail

For the above shot, I was well off the trail, where I was not supposed to be.

My wife Liz, of saner mind, was not with me. The feature image was taken from the trail or at least reasonably close.

Equipment List

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Iceland Aurora Images

  1. Iceland Northern Lights, Snæfellsnes Peninsula, Búðir
  2. Iceland Northern Lights, Snæfellsnes Peninsula, Búdir, Búdakirkja Church
  3. Iceland Northern Lights, Snæfellsjökull National Park, Malarrif Lighthouse

Iceland is a fabulous destination. I have an entire series called Iceland in 16 days.

Scroll through my Mish Moments Home Page until you find them. I discuss where to go, where to stay, and what to see. I also have photo tips on many of the best locations.,

Interested in visiting Iceland?

Please see my Iceland Guide. It lists our complete itinerary for a 16-day summer solstice trip.

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