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Driving in Iceland

Published September 30th, 2013

Pictures taken while shooting my short timelapse film Waterfalling in love with Iceland: vimeo.com/gantico/waterfalling.



You hardly get bored while driving around Iceland: when not contemplating the beautiful variety of the landscape your are probably busy in taking care of all the different risks. I've been mostly on the Route 1, the main road, aka the Ring road. It is the national and major road, but still has a few parts with an unpaved gravel surface. Most smaller bridges are single lane and made of wood and/or steel. Although paved, some portions of the road are still the original 1940s country roads, and contain hazards such as blind curves and blind hills, one lane bridges, and narrow passes. When you happen to find yourself in a hazard part with very bad weather you really need to concentrate on driving safely.



When the weather gets better you can be surprised by breathtaking views. You can feel like being in commercial for a brand new car, in an epic movie or tv serie, in a video-game, in idyllic eden and few minutes later in hell. A couple of days before coming home a glacial flood destroyed the only bridge over the river Mýrdalsjökull, in the South West. With my little car I had no other option then rescheduling my flight and drive back the whole ring road in the opposite direction. Well actually there was another option: an amphibious truck was helping tourists to cross the river, but the rescue truck had to be rescued by other rescue trucks... The unexpected event forced me to spend some more time in an amazing country and visit new locations. Lucky me!

Driving on the ring road #01

Driving on the ring road, somewhere in the East of Iceland. The landscape seems to change at evert turn, mixing mountains with hills, sea with snow, desert with flowers. ❉ Picture taken in a location scouting for my 4k time-lapse short film "Waterfalling in love with Iceland", awarded as Timelapse Showfest 2013 Bronze Winner. Watch it online: gantico.com/waterfalling.

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Scary drive on gravel road

The midgnight sun faded quickly with the fog and the visibility lowered to few meters after taking this picture. Driving with a very bad weather on a slippery gravel road in the fiords's up and downs requires some nerves. The blurry pict might give some sense of the bumping while driving. ❉ View the whole story on 500px.

Hot Wheels track or road for Dettifoss?

Driving on a gravel road that seems a Hot Wheels track, not far from Dettifoss. ❉ Picture taken in a location scouting for my 4k time-lapse short film "Waterfalling in love with Iceland", awarded as Timelapse Showfest 2013 Bronze Winner. Watch it online: gantico.com/waterfalling.

☛ View my picts of Iceland on sale for print on a card, poster, canvas, photographic, framed or mounted print.

Foggy road between Lupines

Driving on the Ring Road immersed in the vibrant tones of Alaskan Lupine (or Nootka Lupine) is enchanting, but a foggy day can transform it in a surreal experience. ❉ Picture taken in a location scouting for my 4k time-lapse short film "Waterfalling in love with Iceland", awarded as Timelapse Showfest 2013 Bronze Winner. Watch it online: gantico.com/waterfalling.

☛ View my picts of Iceland on sale for print on a card, poster, canvas, photographic, framed or mounted print.

Driving in Jökulsárlón, literally!

The navigator not only ignored that I hadn't a 4x4 (and that I couldn't drive on a F roads), but it also though that I had an amphibious veicle... ❉ View the whole story on 500px.

You go first!

Waiting for my turn on a one lane bridge in the South of Iceland. A day before coming back here a "Jökulhlaup" (aka a glacial flood) destroyed the bridge.

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Highway to Mordor, aka Ring Road...

Driving on the ring road, somewhere in the North East of Iceland.

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Driving on the ring road #2

Driving on the ring road in the North East of Iceland.

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