Known as the Hidden Canyon, Fjadrargljufur Canyon is a gem of a canyon located just off the ring road not far from the southern township of Vik.
We had first seen this location in a video by Mads Peter Iversen, and it immediately took a place high on our list when visiting Iceland in September 2019.
The likelihood of a visit was thrown into doubt after a Justin Bieber music video attracted a stream of visitors. Concerned for the impact on the—and I suspect, the safety of visitors who ventured too close to the canyon’s edges—authorities closed the site to tourists in May 2019.
These modifications almost certainly reduced the shooting options, but I think that is a small price to pay to protect such a wonder of the natural world that has evolved over millions of years.
With a set number of controlled viewing platforms and vantage points, the challenge here is to fund a unique perspective. The viewing platforms are also metal grates hanging over the cliffs edge, so long exposures are a challenge given the vibrations from other viewers.
- C: Panasonic Lumix DC-G9
- L: Panasonic Leica DG Vario-Elmarit 12-60mm f/2.8-4
- E: Lightroom (CC)