Andrew James is a freelance journalist and photographer. He writes regularly for market-leading photo magazines and is a partner in FotoBuzz - an exciting online community for photographers. He also leads and assists in photography workshops and holidays in the UK and abroad.
When it comes to locations popular with landscape photographers, Iceland is there - right at the top. It's no surprise really when you consider that it really does have some amazing scenery and unique locations. Iceland will give you great images at whatever time of year you choose to visit but if you want it at its moody and magnificent and frozen best, then early in the year is good. You run the risk of a bit of 'interesting' driving conditions but the Icelanders are used to a bit of snow and ice. It doesn't bring the country to a complete standstill like three snowflakes falling in Hyde Park does.
Situated in Snaefellsnes National Park, Kirkjufell is a hat-shaped mountain that makes for an interesting subject. Photographed from a nearby frozen lake with a wide-angle lens, the shapes and textures in the ice of the lake made an interesting foreground to set the landmark against.
Below you'll find a small selection of ice-themed images. The lower two photos are from the famous iceberg beach near Jökulsárlón Lagoon. In fact, the long exposure image above is Jökulsárlón Lagoon itself. This particular iceberg had managed to anchor itself to the bottom of the lake so I was able to photograph it with a long exposure to smooth the surrounding water. Each day, large lumps of ice are sucked out into the sea and they become deposited on the black volcanic sand beach itself. It is both beautiful and desolate and a magnet for anyone with a camera.
It's easy to become overwhelmed with the ice and wonder how to photograph it. Keep it simple. Pick an iceberg you like and try to capture it surrounded by the ebb and flow of the tide across the sand.