These pictures of Iceland come from my trek around and over the Torfajökull icecap in August 1996, a period blessed with several unprecedented days of sunshine, and no rain at all while we were out in the wild; well, there was a bit of drizzle on day 6, but nothing too serious. It was certainly windy, and in true Icelandic fashion it would change from gale force to nothing and back again in minutes.
Torfajökull [Torfajokull] is a relatively small icecap some 10km north of the northern edge of Myrdalsjökull [Myrdalsjokull], at the centre of the southern area of Iceland.
Vatnajökull [Vatnajokull] is the big one, in the south-east corner of the island – the largest icecap in Europe and the third largest in the world. Extensive damage was caused two months after our trek when part of it melted due to hidden volcanic activity, and a large part of the main road around Iceland was washed away.
Photo Notes: Most of these photos were taken on Kodak Ektachrome film using a Nikon 601 fitted with a 28-85mm zoom lens. For a few I used a 135mm lens on the 601, and colour negative film in a Minox 35ML. All were hand-held.
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