Category Archives: Iceland Travel Blog

The Andrew Johnston Iceland Camouflage Masterclass

The trouble is, there’s a recurring theme here… Continue reading

Monday, December 3, 2018 in Humour, Iceland Travel Blog, Namibia Travel Blog, Travel

Iceland Album Now Online!

I’ve finally posted my complete album from the 2011 Iceland Trip! Please look inside and let me know what you think… Continue reading

Wednesday, June 19, 2013 in Iceland Travel Blog, Photography, Travel

A Delightful Little Surprise

I’ve just finished processing the photographs from my 2011 trip to Iceland! I’ll get the best up on my site over the next week or so. At least I’ve avoided the second anniversary of the trip… There was a wonderful … Continue reading

Thursday, June 13, 2013 in Iceland Travel Blog, Photography

Back to the ‘Fray

Oh well… The annual pilgrimage to the sun has come and gone, and it’s back to the ´fray. (I assume that “fray” is a contraction of “affray” – is that correct?) Updates to my web site are almost complete. As … Continue reading

Thursday, May 9, 2013 in Iceland Travel Blog, Thoughts on the World, Website & Blog

Fixing Holes

I’m making decent progress rolling out my new design to the website, but apologies if you’re waiting for some more interesting content! I’ve now got to the “fiddly” stage, making sure that the new theme works on the slightly more … Continue reading

Thursday, March 21, 2013 in Iceland Travel Blog, Photography, Website & Blog

Photographing Waterfalls

I’m afraid I don’t subscribe to the received wisdom that waterfalls should be photographed with long exposures which capture the flow as a sort of silky mush. That might work for gentle trickles in dappled glades, but if you’re looking … Continue reading

Friday, January 18, 2013 in Iceland Travel Blog, Photography

The Back of Beyond

I haven’t posted any photos since the end of our USA trip, but I have, finally, got back to sorting out my Iceland photos from last year. I thought, therefore, I would share this shot with you. It’s from an … Continue reading

Wednesday, December 12, 2012 in Iceland Travel Blog, Photography

That Shouldn’t Have Worked…

There’s a lovely moment in the film Sahara where Pitt and Giordano are following a typically desperate plan in the hope that if they can kill the villain his men will just surrender and lay down their arms. When, to … Continue reading

Wednesday, September 14, 2011 in Iceland Travel Blog, Photography

Iceland Photography Tips – A Spare Everything!

A photographer’s guide to Iceland Continue reading

Saturday, September 3, 2011 in Iceland Travel Blog, Photography, Travel

Shoot Only Puffins, Leave Only Footprints

I was ready for a quiet day of mainly driving on Sunday. I was also ready to report a total of about 1800 shots taken, which is a bit lower than for the Cuba trip, not unreasonable given the slightly … Continue reading

Sunday, August 28, 2011 in Iceland Travel Blog, Photography, Travel

Fire and Ice – Delivered

Saturday was when our tour really delivered on its “fire and ice” moniker. We started the day at the Jokulsarlon glacial lagoon, where an edge of the enormous Vatnajokull glacier calves off into the sea. Whereas 100 years ago this … Continue reading

Floating Ice

This is a small iceberg floating in the Jokullsarlon galcial lagoon – see post above for details. Continue reading

One from the Road

Saturday consisted of various views of the Vatnajokull glacier.  Here’s one taken by shouting “stop” at Finn when we saw a puddle which reflected this glacial tongue in good light. Thankfully his quick reactions didn’t cause an accident. Continue reading

Also from the “Foss a Siva”

Here’s another view of the field beneath the Foss a Siva. I loved the light, and the simple colour palette, and just wanted to share this with you. Continue reading

Other People!

We continued our move south-east on Friday, moving from the highlands down to the coastal strip, and round Iceland’s largest glacier, Vatnajokull. We spent the morning at Landmannalaugar, which is a popular destination for all tours, so there were lots … Continue reading

Sandwich Day

… and I don’t mean the nice ham and cheese one I had for lunch! I asked for a less dramatic day today and got it. We started with a relatively short drive through a completely empty black sand desert. … Continue reading

Friday, August 26, 2011 in Iceland Travel Blog, Photography, Travel

Desert Flower

One of Thursday’s shots, showing the sparse vegetation a near a river contrasted with the black sand desert behind. Continue reading

An Eventful Day

Wednesday was a fascinating and rather eventful day. We started off gently enough with a group of locations around Landmannalaugar which were a combination of black hills streaked with almost fluorescent green moss, and colourful tarns surrounded by black, brown, … Continue reading

Thursday, August 25, 2011 in Iceland Travel Blog, Photography, Travel

Glacial Panorama

This is a panorama from just one side of a small hillock near Hrafntinnursker which has a remarkable view. Bewteen this and a similar view the other way you can see no fewer than ten of Iceland’s glaciers. The one … Continue reading


This is a rather nice pollur (=”tarn”) near Landmannalaugar. I particularly like the red, green and blue palette. I’m beginning to get the hang of Icelandic pronunciation. It seems to mainly involve putting at lot of “t” sounds where they … Continue reading

Waterfalls, Waterfalls…

With the original cinema release of Life of Brian the Monty Python team included a wonderful documentary spoof called Away From It All, which includes at one point the memorable line “Gondolas, gondolas and more ****ing gondolas”. Tuesday’s journey through … Continue reading

Wednesday, August 24, 2011 in Iceland Travel Blog, Photography, Travel

Our Guides

Meet our guides. I’m doing this trip with an Icelandic company called Nature Explorer, which is run by Haukur “Hawk” Parelius, in the background in this shot. He has several drivers, but always does the Fire and Ice trip himself, … Continue reading

A Day of Travails

You don’t realise quite how empty the interior of Iceland is, or just how much time you’re going to spend bouncing over unmade roads through deserts of rock and mud. It’s not surprising that NASA test their extra-terrestrial rovers here. … Continue reading

Tuesday, August 23, 2011 in Iceland Travel Blog, Photography, Travel

It Now Costs a Pound to Spend a Penny!

Just a quick update today, as I’ve had a few computer problems and time is tight… Yesterday we were picked up from the hotel in two enormous “superjeeps”, which started life as Nissan Patrols but now stand about 10ft tall, … Continue reading

Reykjavik “Culture Night” – The Other Side of the Coin :)

And here’s some more of the flower of Iceland’s youth! Judging by the outfits Reykjavik has at least two pole dancing clubs in competition with one another. I would say it keeps them off the streets, but of course yesterday … Continue reading

Sunday, August 21, 2011 in Iceland Travel Blog, Travel

Reykjavik “Culture Night” – One Side of the Coin

I wanted to show the breadth of the “Culture Night”, and was torn between these three cute Icelandic maidens singing their very tuneful folk songs, and the pole dancing. I suspect in the interests of journalistic integrity I have to … Continue reading

Updates from Iceland…

From the Ministry of Odd Coincidences: I’ve been on four organised photography tours, and I’ve now been in the right place to witness marathons or “fun runs” on three of them. The latest was the annual Reykjavik Marathon. I wonder … Continue reading

Andrew’s Gone to Iceland – and Not Just for Fish Fingers!

Well my Iceland trip has finally come round – I just hope it rewards the wait. As many of you will know I originally tried to do a trip to Iceland last year, but was stymied by a combination of … Continue reading

Saturday, August 20, 2011 in Iceland Travel Blog, Photography, Travel