Bláhylur Blue Crater

Bláhylur Blue Crater

One of the many amazing sites we visited during our photo tour to Iceland’s Highlands area, was the blue crater of Bláhylur.

Formed in a crater, the magic blues of the lake and the green hills in the background provided ‘pops of colour’ in an otherwise dark and dramatic landscape.

And the colour means life. (Belinda)

The drama of the sky only added to that of the landscape which is spectacular in its bleakness.

I love this image, and can only imagine it would be stunningly different across the seasons, particularly with a covering of snow on the surrounding hills and plains.

You need a very wide angle lens here—I shot at 8mm on my Lumix G9 (16mm FF equivalent). Shot at a middle aperture (f/11), this was a long exposure, which smoothed out the waters and the sky.

I think this would also be an interesting site for drone photography, which would allow different angles and compositions.

View this image in my Photo Gallery or on Flickr

Image Data

  • C: Panasonic Lumix DC-G9
  • L: Panasonic Leica DG Vario-Elmarit 8-18mm f/2.8-4
  • E: Lightroom + Lightroom Classic


Photography enthusiastic, writer, hiker and diving geek from Canberra (and Sydney), Australia. Thoughts and opinions are my own.

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