Discover Wild Iceland

Rafn Sigurbjörnsson ( Rafn Sig,-) is the man behind Islandsmyndir.is (or ´Pictures from Iceland´) and the stock photo site called IceStockPhotos.com. Additionally, Rafn organizes Day Tours and photo workshops around Iceland. First and foremost, he is a veteran photographer who has created no less than eight photographic books from Iceland in his ´Wild Iceland´ series in only just under a year.

The Wild Iceland books are perfect for all of you Iceland-enthusiasts!
The Wild Iceland books are perfect for all of you Iceland-enthusiasts!

Each book contains 130 pages of pictures from Iceland and is dedicated to a specific part of Iceland. He has just recently released his latest book in that series which covers the the highland interior and is aptly called “Highlands – The untouched nature”. He kindly agreed to answer some questions for us and allowed us to share a few of his wonderful pictures with our readers.

You have been photographing Icelandic landscapes and nature since you were a boy. What got you started?

It all started when I was a young engineer repairing electronic fish equipment’s in ships around Iceland. I had to travel all over and from that time I started to shoot the beauty that surrounded me. At the same time I bought my first Jeep and started to travel in the highlands with my friends and from that time there was no turning back.

Puffin at Latrabjarg.
Puffin at Latrabjarg.

When did you first started working on your Wild Iceland books?

Actually, it started the day I took my first photo as I knew people would love the beauty of this country. In August 2014 I e-mailed my publisher with an idea of one book about Iceland and later that day he replied and said “No, let’s make at least eight books, one for each part of Iceland, can you do that?” So from that day I have been collecting and processing my photos. I sent the last completed manuscript to the printers on the 26th of March. The first four books, “South, Southwest, Reykjavík and West” have been distributed all over Iceland and “Westfjords, North, East and Highlands” are being printed now and will be available in middle of April (2015).

River Patterns in the Sand.
River Patterns in the Sand.

You have completed eight photographic books on Iceland, now what?

This adventure has just started and I’m preparing for my next four “Wild Iceland” books but I will reveal their content later.  The beauty as all over in this country, you just have to see it and know where to look for it.

Ásbyrgi canyon lies in the north of Iceland, about two hours' drive to the east from Akureyri. The horseshoe-shaped depression is part of the Jökulsárgljúfur National Park and measures approximately 3.5 km in length and 1.1 km across. For more than half of its length, the canyon is divided through the middle by a distinctive rock formation 25 meters high called Eyjan ("the Island"), from which hikers may enjoy spectacular views.
Ásbyrgi canyon lies in the north of Iceland, about two hours’ drive to the east from Akureyri. The horseshoe-shaped depression is part of the Jökulsárgljúfur National Park and measures approximately 3.5 km in length and 1.1 km across. For more than half of its length, the canyon is divided through the middle by a distinctive rock formation 25 meters high called Eyjan (“the Island”), from which hikers may enjoy spectacular views.

Do you have any favourite places here in Iceland?

Actually Iceland is my favourite place. I have been traveled like a native all my life both in the highlands and the lowlands and I have found so many beautiful hidden spots along the way, I can’t pick one out. It doesn’t matter for me if I go to the same spot hundred times, it’s always new experience for me as the time of year, light, time of the day and so on is different in every instance. I think I can answer your question like this, “the last spot I was shooting ”

Artic Tern on the offensive.
Artic Tern on the offensive.

If you were giving somebody advice that has never been to Iceland before what would it be?

Please take care as our beautiful island is unpredictable and treat our vulnerable nature with respect

 

Anything you want to add?

“It’s all about loving it”

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Discover Wild Iceland

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