Gatklettur Rock Arch

Gatklettur Rock Arch

Our epic journey to Iceland seems like so long ago—it was back in the before times. But it was just two years back that we visited this amazing country—just two years ago today that we took in this magical rock arch.

Located on the spectacular southern coastline of the peninsula, the hamlet of Arnarstapi, the Gatklettur Rock Arch is a very photogenic structure that is suited to photography throughout the day. I remember this day so well—it was the first real blue sky we had seen in our first four or five days in Iceland.

Photography in the middle of the day (this image was made at lunchtime) can be challenging, but the blue sky was a welcome relief. The use of an ND filter helped to smooth out the water in the image. The ND filter helps to convey the feeling that I had of the ocean meeting this amazing coastline.

Staying in Grundarfjordur gave us the perfect opportunity to explore the Snæfellsnes peninsula, and to take in more than just Kirkjufell. On this day trip we took in Arnarstapi, the nearby Black Church of Budir, the Londrangar Cliffs, the Vatnshellir Lava Cave and the Saxholl Crater. All these sites in such a small geography make Snæfellsnes a wonderfully compact place to visit Iceland—with far fewer tourists than the Golden Circle.

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Image Data

  • C: Panasonic Lumix DC-G9
  • L: Fujinon 10-24 f4 R OIS WR
  • E: Lightroom Classic


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

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