night owl

July 23rd, 2009 by Rebekka in Uncategorized

One thing I’ve long since realized about myself is that I hate doing things the way other people do them. So, while it’s difficult to have one of the most popular tourist stops in Iceland to oneself,  it IS possible to be the only one there awake.  I realized this last year, when I arrived at Jökulsárlón around 3 in the morning, only to find it was cold, drizzly and somehow not nearly as spectacular as it usually is. (see previous blog post)

I decided to make another attempt now, and set out Tuesday evening (june 21) around 10 from Hafnarfjörður, arriving just after 4 in the morning at the lagoon.  This time, I was rewarded with clear calm weather.  Watching the sun come up over one of the most beautiful places in the northern hemisphere,  with only the sound of birds and the occasional rumble of another glacier breaking apart disrupting the silence, was awesome , needless to say.

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I only got to spend a short 30 minutes of an afternoon here when I was touring Iceland by bus – I wish it was all day. Sadly, it was only a rest-stop and I snapped what photos I could; without the more dramatic lighting the late June sun brings. As always, very beautiful, and the “splash” shot on your flickr site is spot-on.

Wow. So beautiful!

I have a great deal of respect for your work, partly because you’re up doing it at hours that I find completely inhuman.

jestem wrote on July 23rd, 2009

And that dedication of yours in very greatly appreciated and admired.

Wow Rebecca. Sounds awesome. Certainly looks excellent.
Slightly jealous of you and that morning you got to spend there.

Absolutely stunning. You are such a inspiration, thanks for that! And thanks for eternalizing one of the worlds most beautiful countries: Iceland.

All great places are empty of people at this time of day…THAT has always amazed me.

This is the most beautiful way to appreciate life on this planet, alone at sunrise in such a beautiful place.

Hi, I write you from Alicante, Spain. A friend told me about your flickr and I like very much your photos, congratulations. I´m very interested to visit Iceland and its marvellous landscapes. Your photos give me more reasons to visit your magical country. It´s so different compared to spanish landscapes…

Best regards and sorry for my poor English. I write best in spanish language :-)

JN Cortes wrote on August 8th, 2009

Hi ..!

I had just stumbled into your photos !..They’re great !!

The Landscapes you visualized mirrored a peaceful and
very artistic person.

Thank you for showing these geographic spots in such
a beautiful way.


JN Cortes
Mexico City.

Hi, I found my way here via a link from another blog. I was curious about what would hide behind the odd looking blog title on this blog, it turned out to be that his blog didn’t support Icelandic characters. Anyway, I’m happy I found my way here, you are truly a gifted photographer. I especially liked your self portraits. About the not-doing-the-tourist-routes, I understand completely. I stayed on Iceland a half year during the late 80s, cutting fish as everybody else in your country those days. It was bad times. I photographed a lot, but have no singe photo from the famous views of Iceland. Today I regret that, that I didn’t took the chance to travel around to at least see the beauty. This approach of yours was a very good idea. :-)
Cheers from a Swedish bypasser

It was full of people when I was there, but even that way, I tought the place is special. Beeing there alone (i’m not counting sleeping people) must be an incredible experience.
The shots are amazing and capture perfectly the special aura of the place.

try visiting it in December!! I went there last December and there was almost no one but us!! and a few seals swam in the lagoon too!

your photos are really amazing!

Hey, maybe i will try that .. depending on how the roads are, of course. Haven’t done any winter road trips so far..

Hello, wonderful pictures!

FranzK1 wrote on August 14th, 2009

Hi, it’s rather OT but I’ve just found this funny little photo guide about Reykjavik and thought it might be interesting to check out:

Wow! The ripple photo is great. Congrats!

You should update your wordpress to the latest release. 2.6 isn’t safe anymore.
And you should delete this comment. ;-)

I don’t want to gush too much, or appear to be sycophantic, but I’ve never been anything short of amazed at your photos. If your work isn’t shown in the art classes of the future, there is something wrong.

One thing, though. Where’s your little one when you’re out taking photos at silly hours of the morning? :-)

I just came over to see your blog. Very nice. beautiful scenery.

@Carl: “my little one”? hehe.. i have two kids, and they’re not so little any more.. the younger turns 10 next month, the older is 11..
but actually i was living at my parents until i started renting my own place 6 weeks ago, so they were just sleeping soundly w their grandparents nearby when i found the urge to run off and take pictures at night.. this also came in handy when i was still at school, and sometimes had to go there and work in the evenings.

hi there from Canada!
wonderful photography. I also like the photo with the ripples. I just started to browse through your flickr account. You’ve got some amazing shots. Keep up the good work!


I’m still interested. I’ll donate again sometime before the summer is out. It’s kind of science nerdy but are you going to GPS mark your pictures to a map location?

I’d like to see a project like those old Time-Life county books and National Geographic magazines:

I’d like to see pictures of Icelanders all around Iceland, just being Icelanders. I got everything from a convenient store clerk on the northwest that was so shy she wouldn’t talk or look at you (she was shy, not rude), to an offer of a free midnight sun whalewatching trip by a boat full of friendly folk in Reykjavik, to a truckbed full of soldiers mooning in the east, to giving a ride to a German woman and her 3 year old boy in the north central hitch hiking on the Great Circle Road if you can believe it (I nearly was beside myself with worry when I figured out they were hitchhiking and on a road like that), to a man fly fishing kneedeep in the river in waders, to cops waving as if it they knew me (and they probably did given the surveillance in Reykjavik), to some funny little kids having a sidewalk sale that talked me into to buying some old VCR Tapes their parents must of bought long before they were born. So all kinds of funny, nice, and interesting people made for a very interesting trip.

I remember as a kid tourists taking pictures of us working in the tobacco fields so I think farm work and craft work still hold a lot of interest for people.

So if you’re aware of some good books of typical people being typical then I’d like to hear about them. Well unless it’s a book of people watching TV or eating in restaurants. That’s a little too typical.

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