Everyone knows that Iceland has amazing landscapes throughout the whole country. But Iceland doesn’t only look beautiful from the ground. It also looks incredible from the sky.

On a recent flight, I had the opportunity to expand my aerial photography portfolio and focused on mostly top down images. Photographing top down is not easy. The landscapes look completely different than you’re used to. It’s like seeing a whole new world. New ‘paintings’ go by every second and you have to be quick to capture them properly. Rivers, ground textures, valleys... they all look very different from a top down perspective. The advantage of using a plane is that you can quickly fly everywhere and your perspective is much higher as opposed to using a drone.

Photographing from an open window out of a flying plane is not easy. Using a shutter speed of faster than 1/250s is a must if you want things to be sharp. This series was taken a few months ago in Iceland. Special thanks to Volcano Pilot for yet another great flight.



Glacial rivers - Photo by Albert DrosSwirling glacial rivers. Photo by: 'Albert Dros'



Icelandic aerial photo  - Photo by Albert DrosFlying next to the Icelandic coast with interesting textures in the water. Photo by: 'Albert Dros'.



Aerial view in autumn - Photo by Albert DrosThis flight was late autumn with lots of autumn red covering the valleys. Photo by: 'Albert Dros'.



Glacial rivers - Photo by Albert DrosTop down abstract of the bottom of a wide river. Photo by: 'Albert Dros'.



Icelandic beach - Photo by Albert DrosSimple top down view of the waves on the black of the Icelandic beach. Photo by: 'Albert Dros'.



Colours of mud - Photo by Albert DrosDifferent colours of different mud and glacier streams coming together out of the mountains. Photo by: 'Albert Dros'.



Sunlight in a valley - Photo by Albert DrosSunlight hitting the greens in a valley in the Icelandic Highlands. Photo by: 'Albert Dros'.



Glacial rivers - Photo by Albert DrosA river formed like a smoke finding its way into the ocean. Photo by: 'Albert Dros'.



Glacial rivers - Photo by Albert DrosAn abstract view from the bottom of a glacier stream. Photo by: 'Albert Dros'.



Glacial rivers - Photo by Albert DrosHarsh light on a bunch of streams. It looks like they’re forming the roots of a tree. Photo by: 'Albert Dros'.



Glacial rivers - Photo by Albert DrosAnother close up abstract in the form of an arrowhead or an organ. Photo by: 'Albert Dros'.



Glacial rivers - Photo by Albert DrosThe autumn red combined with the blue of the rivers make for a beautiful complimentary color palette. Photo by: 'Albert Dros'.



Glacial rivers - Photo by Albert DrosBlack & White abstract of river flows. Photo by: 'Albert Dros'.



Glacial rivers - Photo by Albert DrosRivers along the coastal areas with lots of different textures combined. It looks like a water painting. Photo by: 'Albert Dros'.



Glacial riversBig rivers mounting into smaller streams. The excerpts are like organisms on their own. Photo by: 'Albert Dros'.


Did you know that our Iceland Photo Tours are drone-friendly? You can get up in the sky on one of our photo workshops!

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