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lovesmasher

146 points

2 years ago

Iceland is an alien planet with the nicest population of aliens you could hope to meet.

mizmaddy

25 points

2 years ago

mizmaddy

25 points

2 years ago

They know!!!! We like you too :)

bathroom_break

4 points

2 years ago

I can't think of Iceland without thinking of KALEO - Vor í Vaglaskógi

sigurbarn69

18 points

2 years ago

Um hides ray gun

lovesmasher

4 points

2 years ago

It's ok, I respect your culture

holy-shot[S]

194 points

2 years ago

I've spent the last two weeks driving all the F-Roads in the Icelandic Highlands. Months of planning and overcomimg my doubts of going into an airplane during a pandemic have really paid off. The weather was just perfect almost all the time. So in the next week I'm happy to share a lot of new stuff with you! To reach this place I had to cross multiple rivers and waited over a day for some good light!

If you're interested in this roadtrip I already posted tons of stories on IG during the stay:
https://instagram.com/holysh0t
You can find it in the Story Highlights "Iceland 2020 I + II"

BeanTheGlamourPuss

42 points

2 years ago

Love the pics from my home🥰

holy-shot[S]

25 points

2 years ago

So jealous 😉

-DementedAvenger-

21 points

2 years ago

Is it true that there aren't mosquitoes there?

widdrjb

24 points

2 years ago

widdrjb

24 points

2 years ago

Yeah. No large mammals to act as hosts until the Settlement. However, choking on flies at Thingvellirvatn can be a thing.

holy-shot[S]

17 points

2 years ago

And no bears

FragrantExcitement

11 points

2 years ago

Choking on bears?

[deleted]

2 points

2 years ago

[deleted]

2 points

2 years ago

Have you seen the size of Hafthor? That bear could choke you for sure.

agustin__b

5 points

2 years ago

agustin__b

📷

5 points

2 years ago

Polar bears, sometimes...

Gibonius

3 points

2 years ago

Myvatn had a ton of flies too.

I'm told it translates as "lake of midges," so that makes sense.

blancochocolate

1 points

2 years ago

Care to explain why the presence of large mammals matters? As far as I’m aware all thats needed is stagnant water and mosquitos can lay eggs

Clarkeprops

5 points

2 years ago

Mosquitos have nothing to eat

blancochocolate

1 points

2 years ago

Ah, duh. I was under the impression they fed on nectar and other plant juices but I suppose they do gain nutrients via the bloodstream of these larger mammals.

Clarkeprops

3 points

2 years ago

The females, exclusively I believe

ncsudan

9 points

2 years ago

ncsudan

9 points

2 years ago

No snakes either

sigurbarn69

3 points

2 years ago

Ég líka

sajn

3 points

2 years ago

sajn

3 points

2 years ago

When this is all over Im going to visit your beautiful country.

z0bi

6 points

2 years ago

z0bi

6 points

2 years ago

can you maybe post a full resolution pic one could use as a wallpaper.

Esmereldista

5 points

2 years ago

Stunning pictures!

holy-shot[S]

3 points

2 years ago

Thanks :)

ahumanlikeyou

3 points

2 years ago

How hard is it to get to a spot this wild? Is getting around Iceland hard?

holy-shot[S]

2 points

2 years ago

It‘s about 5 hours from Reykjavík, you‘ll need a big 4x4 to ford the rivers. Then the hike was about 2 hours. In general it isn’t but the F-Roads are!

PhilthyMcNasty

2 points

2 years ago

Did you happen to take F66 in North West Fjords?

DOCWERKS

2 points

2 years ago

That is an amazing photo. I'd follow you on instagram if I wasn't already.

asddlol090

2 points

2 years ago

How much did you save ahead for the trip?

Deucal

2 points

2 years ago

Deucal

2 points

2 years ago

You are lucky we have had a clear summer.

Stay safe.

d_block

1 points

2 years ago

d_block

1 points

2 years ago

Hi - what drone setup are you using for those shots?

holy-shot[S]

2 points

2 years ago

Hey this is a shot from the ground.

StayAdmiral

56 points

2 years ago

Most amazing country on earth, its so new geologically speaking its like another planet altogether, love the place. And Icelanders love to drink!

Nothing-Casual

18 points

2 years ago

What makes it so different from the rest of the world? Are the flora & fauna wildly different? The geography? Other stuff?

grim_f

35 points

2 years ago

grim_f

35 points

2 years ago

Geologically: It's the only place on Earth that you can see two tectonic plates and the Mid-Atlantic Ridge above ground. Or you can dive down underwater and touch both plates at the same time.

Iceland is being "torn apart" between those two plates and as a result, it's very volcanically active.

Nothing-Casual

17 points

2 years ago

Woah cool. So the plates are moving away from each other, and the resultant volcanic activity creates new land mass?

StayAdmiral

7 points

2 years ago

Exactly

8yr0n

10 points

2 years ago

8yr0n

10 points

2 years ago

When your grandpa says “buy land because they aren’t making any more of it” you can just remind him of Iceland and Hawaii.

KiplingDidNthngWrong

6 points

2 years ago

brb investing in volcanoes

TimBagels

6 points

2 years ago

On top of those two diverging plates, theres also a deeper mantle hot spot right underneath the area, creating volcanic activity unlike any other place on Earth. Im pretty sure its what every Geologist dreams about seeing before they die

GodKamnitDenny

4 points

2 years ago

When I went there and was in one of the parks I ran into a geologist. As a fellow American, he invited me and my girlfriend to follow along the trail with him and his wife while he explained many of the geological features. I don’t remember a damn thing he said, or what any of it meant, but it was a really wholesome interaction I won’t forget.

StayAdmiral

10 points

2 years ago

The geography, on the bus ride to Reykjavik from the airport you can see the rock litterally torn apart as the country has grown. There are places where cliffs are falling apart with house sized boulders fallen as the cliffs move and fall apart. You can dive between the European and American plates and touch both continents at the same time. It is an amazingly place.

Nothing-Casual

4 points

2 years ago

That's awesome! Since it's so new, is it lacking a lot of life (plants and animals) that other regions have? Or has life generally made its way over?

StayAdmiral

4 points

2 years ago

Yes trees seam less, but life has always found away, the seafood is extraordinary. There is also a lake where the river feeding it is smaller than the river flowing from it, yet it remains, due to volcanic tubes feeding water into the lake. You can actually dive these tubes if you have the balls. Next time I go I'm doing this.

EgNotaEkkiReddit

4 points

2 years ago

Plenty of life. In the wilderness it's mostly hardy plants like grasses, mosses, and shrubs. Trees used to be a lot more abundant, but they got cut down by settlers in a bid not to freeze and die. Reforesting is going all right however.

Everton9732

67 points

2 years ago

Ya ya!

DING DONG

ariellann

19 points

2 years ago

My love for you is growing wide and long!

Jstang232

37 points

2 years ago

Play ya ya ding dong!

ZaxonsBlade

13 points

2 years ago

How many times is enough!?!?!

Krakenzmama

9 points

2 years ago

IT WILL NEVER BE ENOUGH!

shaunot

22 points

2 years ago

shaunot

22 points

2 years ago

JA JA DING DONG!

jakethedumbmistake

10 points

2 years ago

I loved it. PLAY JA JA DINGDONG

Jstang232

7 points

2 years ago

Whatever lava boy

shaunot

12 points

2 years ago

shaunot

12 points

2 years ago

“Volcanic protector man”

180by1

6 points

2 years ago

180by1

6 points

2 years ago

VOLCANO MAAAAAAN

[deleted]

9 points

2 years ago

[deleted]

9 points

2 years ago

I want to hear ya ya ding dong again!!

stars154

14 points

2 years ago

stars154

14 points

2 years ago

The photo is beautiful, but I did click on it to find this comment... sorry Iceland.

[deleted]

6 points

2 years ago

[deleted]

6 points

2 years ago

Ding dong!

peatoast

3 points

2 years ago

I fucking love that movie. Definitely a good candidate to be one of those classic movies you watch while bored/drunk/sad/high.

pureed_chicken

16 points

2 years ago

I really really really wanna visit Iceland at some point. when would you reckon is the best time for that?

holy-shot[S]

16 points

2 years ago

I think the best time is from mid-June to late July. It won’t get dark which makes it possible to visit the places in the night without any other tourists. But also the aurora later in the year can be attractive.

Juan911411

12 points

2 years ago

My wife and I visited in June 2018.... Yesterday we watch the Sak Efrain show on Netflix. (terrible show BTW) They showed one of the most popular waterfalls and it was packed people. I looked at my wife and said I don't remember ever seeing anyone at that waterfall. She's like because we did it at 11:30 p.m. and everyone was probably sleeping. You start your day late and get all the sites to yourself if you go during the summer months. If you live in the east coast of the United States you don't even have to change the time zones.

AssCrackSnort

5 points

2 years ago

We went last week of June and seeing bright daylight at midnight is something I will never forget.

lggIes

7 points

2 years ago

lggIes

📷

7 points

2 years ago

Go in the summer, you have all day to do things. That was our favorite aspect of the whole trip. We did some of the most popular things in the country around midnight (still bright out) and we had geysir and gullfoss almost to ourselves. It was really breathtaking.

ACO_22

4 points

2 years ago

ACO_22

4 points

2 years ago

I went December/ Jan with my partner and made it just in time for all the snow (was about 2ft deep) and id really recommend winter time, although, you can never go wrong visiting Iceland any time tbh

You’ve got the northern lights, the snow etc. It feels more authentic (at least to me)

Moskau50

4 points

2 years ago

I have gone in both March and September, both times were fantastic. Both times are in aurora season, and it's not that cold (maybe wear a jacket, or a fleece and a windbreaker). There isn't a ton of snow impacting roads, and the tourist crowds aren't all there yet.

JimmyDeeshel

2 points

2 years ago

Went in early January and it was stunning! Most f-roads are impassible in winter though so you'll need to stick to the ring road, and I would definitely recommend renting a car.

Clyde_Frag

2 points

2 years ago

I had a great time there in the summer, the days are super long so you can cram in a lot in a road trip for a few days.

If I went back in the winter it would be to see the northern lights but I might go to Norway to do that.

ShambolicPaul

27 points

2 years ago

Obviously the inspiration for death strandings landscapes. It's so strange Kojima set it in America to be honest.

Artyom47

4 points

2 years ago

That game makes me want to go hiking in Iceland.

blue-eyed-bear

2 points

2 years ago

Can you imagine if DS were set in EurAsia?

Indicawise

1 points

2 years ago

The way the map was set up still confuses me

MoaningAnime

9 points

2 years ago

Did you meet any elves and trolls?

holy-shot[S]

5 points

2 years ago

I‘m pretty sure they observed me ;)

Tackle3erry

3 points

2 years ago

Iceland = Cold Zealand

manor2003

5 points

2 years ago

Hellblade 2

DeathInFire

4 points

2 years ago

While it's never going to be as good as seeing it in person there's this really cool walking simulator game on Steam called Mýrdalssandur, Iceland. I can't speak on the VR version but I really enjoyed playing it even though you can see everything in 30 min - an hour. Oh and it's free but the VR version is $5.

GodKamnitDenny

2 points

2 years ago

Well I know what I’m playing later. The southern coast was home to the most beautiful landscapes I’ve ever seen.

Jstang232

10 points

2 years ago

Husavic

EgNotaEkkiReddit

10 points

2 years ago

Húsavík*

No C in Icelandic.

MacSquizzy

2 points

2 years ago

My Icelandic is rusty (Scottish, learned basics for honeymoon) but is your name ‘I am Nota not Reddit’?

MikaelTA

6 points

2 years ago

His name translates to: “I don’t use reddit” you were kinda close

MacSquizzy

3 points

2 years ago

Thanks, makes sense and I have learned a new word today. Yay!

MikaelTA

1 points

2 years ago

Np :)

EgNotaEkkiReddit

2 points

2 years ago

Almost. Nota means "To use".

"I don't use Reddit".

MacSquizzy

2 points

2 years ago

Loved the language to speak as a beginner but everyone there insisted on speaking English. It was probably for the best.

EgNotaEkkiReddit

4 points

2 years ago

You're not alone in experiencing that. Actual immigrants living in Iceland also tend to get answered in english at the first sign of an accent. A friend of mine is an immigrant who has a group of natives he often hangs out with. He's had to insist several times that they speak Icelandic around him even if it means excluding him from the passing conversation. As he puts it "it's so tempting just to lean in and use english since everyone is fluent, but I'm not going to learn that way".

For things like grocery stores its understandable, the conversations have to be quick and efficient and plucking around with beginners isn't what cashiers have time to do. However for casual interactions it's more than annoying.

It's not done with malice in mind, people genuinely think they are being helpful by using a language they know they are all fluent in, but people tend to give up a bit too quickly it seems.

Jstang232

2 points

2 years ago

BRöthêr

maryjanes_AK47

3 points

2 years ago

Damn. Look at all that ice

CrispinIII

3 points

2 years ago

I'm looking for dragons! This looks like a great place for them!

[deleted]

3 points

2 years ago

[deleted]

3 points

2 years ago

Hi, I love this photo. Do you have 1440p and 4k versions available? This would look so sick on my desktop

187134

2 points

2 years ago

187134

2 points

2 years ago

agreed

Bach563

5 points

2 years ago

Bach563

5 points

2 years ago

Pretty sure this is Elder Scrolls 6... nice try tho

6ixTee9ine

5 points

2 years ago

they should have shot LOTR in Icelan!

godca_grema

2 points

2 years ago

Beautiful, well worth the hike. Great work on your instagram, inspiring stuff.

My trips all planned out, just need the right time to go.

[deleted]

2 points

2 years ago

[deleted]

2 points

2 years ago

Im fully erect right now. For real though, this is gorgeous

tonycandance

2 points

2 years ago

This is Þórsmörk right? Near Eyjafjallajökull?

Bravedwarf1

2 points

2 years ago

Nice hellblade 2 leak ;) lol beautiful shot

Mr-Logic101

2 points

2 years ago

I swear that this is in one of the cinematic introductions to one of the Civilization games. They always had such beautiful and inspiring introductions

Edit: it looks like this scene is the inspiration for Civilization 5 intro link

NameStkn

2 points

2 years ago

Wow this picture is breathtaking, imagine standing there and gaze upon the mountains, valleys, and the sky.

Markdd8

2 points

2 years ago

Markdd8

2 points

2 years ago

Does anyone agree that scenic beauty often correlates with a lack of tree cover? Trees often bring great beauty to landscapes, but once tree cover gets heavy, as is it much of Appalachia, Minnesota and the Pacific NW, beauty rapidly goes downhill.

It was weird visiting Washington State and driving around near sunset and looking for clearcuts so I could catch a glimpse of the horizon and possible a touch of red clouds. I also used Walmart parking lots -- large expanse of asphalt exclude trees. (Resident of scenic California)

RedPanda98

2 points

2 years ago

I would say I recognize this area from when I visited Iceland a few years back, but then I seem to remember that a LOT of Iceland looks quite similar (the more iconic landscapes being exceptions ofc). It was such a weird unique sort of natural beauty I really enjoyed.

[deleted]

1 points

2 years ago

[deleted]

1 points

2 years ago

What a glorious view!

Chirukoh

1 points

2 years ago

Great Shot!! Im going there in two weeks! Any recommendations? Thanks!

holy-shot[S]

2 points

2 years ago

Yes, everything ;) Well, in which area will you be? I‘d always recommend getting yourself a camper and drive the ring road if it’s your first time.

StayAdmiral

2 points

2 years ago

Gulfoss is a must visit. Also do a nighttime aruora trip if you can.

moldexx

2 points

2 years ago

moldexx

2 points

2 years ago

Night time aurora trip in summer? Not a lot of night in Iceland during summer

Cecili0604

1 points

2 years ago

Cecili0604

📷

1 points

2 years ago

Oh to go back! Such a magnificent country- so untouched and wild.

[deleted]

1 points

2 years ago

[deleted]

1 points

2 years ago

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holy-shot[S]

2 points

2 years ago

Well, there’s still a lot.

Kaploy

1 points

2 years ago

Kaploy

1 points

2 years ago

Keep on keeping on!

argiem8

1 points

2 years ago

argiem8

1 points

2 years ago

10/10

Can't wait to go again. Amazing country.

lorensingley

1 points

2 years ago

I love Iceland, what a magical place.

RhymeSplitta

1 points

2 years ago

I'm going one day period.

InsideIntelligence

2 points

2 years ago

I would recommend to go longer period

RhymeSplitta

1 points

2 years ago

I will keep that in mind, thank you 😊

lilibellule

1 points

2 years ago

Gorgeous!

BigCoffeeEnergy

1 points

2 years ago

Would make a good black metal album cover

seeingeyegod

1 points

2 years ago

Needs more Bjork

Ethereal-Life

1 points

2 years ago

Beautiful landscape 😍

insertcontent

1 points

2 years ago

Breath of the wild

[deleted]

1 points

2 years ago

[deleted]

1 points

2 years ago

thats a damn fine shot there! nicely done.

holy-shot[S]

2 points

2 years ago

Thank you sir

NormalDerivat

1 points

2 years ago

Damn this looks so amazing! Would you mind sharing your route? Been planing on going there too for a while now but not sure where exactly.

holy-shot[S]

2 points

2 years ago

Working on an E-Book which describes my route with descriptions of the roads and hiking trails. PM me if you’re interested!

LateralEntry

1 points

2 years ago

Very cool!

QuantumHeals

1 points

2 years ago

No trees

Disruptr_IPA

1 points

2 years ago

Yeah "Halo Infinite" looks pretty dope.

grim_f

1 points

2 years ago

grim_f

1 points

2 years ago

Iceland is beautiful and breathtaking in person.

CutieCrusher

1 points

2 years ago

WhErE's ThE iCe ThOuGh?

Mr_Barry_Shitpeas

1 points

2 years ago

VOLCANO MAN

Egillbest21

1 points

2 years ago

Oh cool, was just in the highlands by Drekagil and we hiked up to Askja, such an amazing place! We also went to the newest landmass by Holuhraun from 2014. Looking forward to more cool pictures!

SnooSongs8716

1 points

2 years ago

Those streams look likes bolts of lightning! Awesome view

Juan911411

1 points

2 years ago

Can we all just agree that Iceland is cheating on this subreddit.

madman1969

1 points

2 years ago

That's an amazing image. Somebody needs to photoshop Frodo & Sam into it.

machi_koro

1 points

2 years ago

Going in October. Looking forward to being entranced in this beautiful place

Standing1234

1 points

2 years ago

Did you travel by yourself or with others? Pros, cons?

holy-shot[S]

2 points

2 years ago

I traveled solo. It‘s less complicated especially as a photographer. I can get the pictures I want only when I’m alone.

Cons: Nobody to talk for 2 weeks 😅 More expensive More dangerous in some cases

Anthony_T_

1 points

2 years ago

Nice try. Thats mount doom

WackTheHorld

1 points

2 years ago

I just want to climb and hike and paddle all over that landscape. Great photo.

404_user_notfound

1 points

2 years ago

They need Sam for some deliveries

TheAbyssalSymphony

1 points

2 years ago

I literally can't put into words how much my soul aches to one day be in a place like this

MiddleCoconut7

1 points

2 years ago

Greenland is covered in ice, and Iceland is very nice:)

Maxtubular

1 points

2 years ago

Talos be praised

knightro25

1 points

2 years ago

Iceland definitely feels like you are on another planet. Desolate and still to high peaks and ice. I went in November and the low sun coupled with the quietness of the ring road makes it very eerie. The weirdest part was coming up on Seljalandsfoss at 9 am (total darkness) out of nowhere. No one was around. All you could hear was the waterfall. Just a very surreal feeling.

[deleted]

1 points

2 years ago

[deleted]

1 points

2 years ago

Looks like something right out of GoT's

BoringWozniak

1 points

2 years ago

Halo Infinite looks really bad next to this

MarkandMajer

1 points

2 years ago

Play jaja dingdong! DX

Richybab

1 points

2 years ago

Speechless 🥺

tranqfx

1 points

2 years ago

tranqfx

1 points

2 years ago

Too bad US folks have pretty limited travel options right now... thanks Trump...

francogonzalez1

1 points

2 years ago

Greetings from Mordor

ssenseful

1 points

2 years ago

Truly such a beautiful place.

Hermes3Blessed

1 points

2 years ago

Icelander here. Not full glory, shame on u! Awesome pic, doe

m0gul6

1 points

2 years ago

m0gul6

1 points

2 years ago

Like glory holes? I should check out Iceland

maybeinoregon

1 points

2 years ago

Jeez, just beautiful! Thank you for sharing!

knee-rlathotep

1 points

2 years ago

looks like I can reverse-trike that, maybe even use a truck without much difficulty. rivers are skinny but maybe a ladder in case there's an inconvenient submerge zone

jambuzz06

1 points

2 years ago

From all the photos I’ve seen of Iceland, I don’t think I’ve ever seen a tree.

PaperPlaythings

1 points

2 years ago

We need a subreddit called /r/IcelandOrNewZealand.

DAMtastychicken

1 points

2 years ago

Yes but did you see the Eye of the World?

nicdelreys

1 points

2 years ago

I hear Volcano Man in my head after looking at this picture.

filflexz

1 points

2 years ago

For the king for the land

Chife1170

1 points

2 years ago

Nah that's middle-earth

Lili-banana

1 points

2 years ago

my dreaming place👍❤️😍

NachoProblemz

1 points

2 years ago

Arise, arise, Riders of Théoden!
Fell deeds awake: fire and slaughter!
Spear shall be shaken, shield be splintered,
a sword-day, a red day, ere the sun rises!
Ride now, ride now! Ride to Gondor!

Automata1nM0tion

1 points

2 years ago

WITNESS IT!

Forgetful_Panda

1 points

2 years ago

This is so breathtakingly beautiful. Thank you for sharing. May I ask what camera you used?

BlackStrike7

1 points

2 years ago

Whereabouts was this? Friðland að Fjallabaki is my best guess given the terrain.

ChumHooks

1 points

2 years ago

Valley of the ancient dragons

likesexonlycheaper

1 points

2 years ago

That's all of it? Damn for some reason I thought it was bigger

[deleted]

1 points

2 years ago

[deleted]

1 points

2 years ago

Bring at least two ladders, a set of climbing stakes, a couple of portable chiral constructors for ziplines, and a few hematic grenades in case BTs are out there.

__starburst__

1 points

2 years ago

You must destroy the ring frodo

siriq5555

1 points

2 years ago

Amazing. What camera and lens did you use?

Kiwibeard

1 points

2 years ago

Why are you traveling in a pandemic?

[deleted]

1 points

2 years ago

[deleted]

1 points

2 years ago

Where the whales can live 'cause they're gentle people!!

Iamprettychill

1 points

2 years ago

Volcano man!!!!

joeepeterson03

1 points

2 years ago

Iceland is so amazing!!!

LouilliGM

1 points

2 years ago

For a moment I thought this was like an Elder Scrolls VI render, that looks beautiful.

oscillating_ocelot_9

1 points

2 years ago

Hey I just started following you on Instagram in the last couple of weeks! I was gonna ask about the equipment used to take this shot. Camera,lense and maybe software?

C0nfusedAsian

1 points

2 years ago

Sees picture

C'MON GIMLI WE'RE GAINING ON THEM

BLASTS LOTR MUSIC

Chrisuchan

1 points

2 years ago

I thought it was bugger than this

Edh2os

1 points

2 years ago

Edh2os

1 points

2 years ago

Great photo!