Capturing Hjálparfoss waterfall

  • Capturing Hjálparfoss waterfall
    Capturing Hjálparfoss waterfall
Jun 13 2017

Iceland is a paradise for photographers.  The motives and natural wonders all around the country are almost infinitive. But apart from the motives, there are also other important factors involved. As applies to all landscape photography, time of day, time of year, different seasons, weather and other factors play a role.  One difference that you need to account for and have in mind though is the sharp difference between seasons.  Every one of the four seasons has their unique characteristics.  Flora and fauna are different, the temperature is different and the time with proper light is different.  One interesting thing about light is fortunately not different, and that is the stretch of the “golden hour.”  Up north on the planet, the sun takes more time to sink into the horizon, which gives you more time than usual to calibrate your gear and capture your motive.

Photographing waterfalls

There are waterfalls in Iceland that have many faces in the sense that you can shoot them from many angles and the results are stunning.  But then there are others that have few angles and some that basically have one.  Hjálparfoss waterfall is a beautiful waterfall, but there is only one way to taka a photo of that waterfall, right in front of it.  Even though you can throw in some variety deepening on the season, it is a beautiful waterfall from the same angle.  One other small difference in addition to the season is the angle of the lenses, defining how much foreground and background you choose to have in your photo.  But almost all photos from that angle are stunning.

Location

Hjálparfoss waterfall is located in the valley Þjórsárdalur.  It is a part of the river Fossá that originates in the lower part of the Highland north of Þjórsárdalur and merges with Þjórsá not far from the waterfall. When driving from Reykjavík on the Ring Road (1), you take the road (30) northbound and turn east on the road (32) after approximately 30 minutes.  After driving your car for 20 minutes or so you will see a sign by road (3361) that says Hjálparfoss, and you are basically there.

Tours and things to do in the Southern Region in Iceland

Find an interesting tour in the North Region. A tour from Akureyri or Húsavík to Jökulsárgljúfur. A whale watching tour, a tour to the highland and much more.

Golden Circle tour with Secret Lagoon

Step away from the crowd, the rush, and speed and enjoy the top sights and attractions in the south-western part of Iceland, without all the traffic. Take a convenient bus tour in a smaller bus and with a smaller group (max 16) at a time when fewer visitors are around. Why chase the crowds when you can enjoy the wonders of Iceland in a more friendly setting?  This peaceful excursion takes place in the afternoon and lasts into the evening and allows plenty of time to explore, view and photograph all the spectacular wonders.  And remember that evening in Iceland is bright during spring, summer and into the autumn. 

Þórsmörk tour

Þórsmörk is one of the most spectacular places in Iceland.  It is one of the most accessible areas in the Highland, a deep valley, and oasis cornered with glaciers on three sides.  It is truly a place of ice and fire as one of the glaciers; Eyjafjallajökull has recently erupted with glowing lava flowing into two parts of Þórsmörk.
2 presons minimum

This tour is operated from Reykjavík and offered to visitors in Reykjavík and the Capital City neighbors towns. The Golden Circle tour is the most popular adventure tour in Iceland and for many good reasons. It is a trip easily doable in a day from Reykjavík the capital of Iceland, a place most of our visitors begin their journey in Iceland, and also because the tour offers a stunning view of fascinating natural wonders. Also a tour of history and geology. History as the first stop is at Iceland’s most valued historical (and almost holy) places and Geology, as you will take a breath-taking look at the various states of earth’s most vital resource, water.  This tour has it all and takes you to lakes, rifts, geysers, waterfalls, rivers and glaciers.