Iceland (II): the Iconic Image of Mt. Kirkjufell

How to capture the iconic image of Mt. Kirkjufell and Kirkjufellfoss

Mt. Kirkjufell together with the Kirkjufell waterfall has become the iconic image of West Iceland, taking this shot was on my list of must-do in Iceland.

Only when I got to the location, I learned just how particular this shot was.

Mt. Kirkjufell #1

If you came from Snaefellsjokull National Park direction like us, Mt. Kirkjufell had no tip but a flat top.  The mountain displayed its iconic shape only at the angle after we passed it.

Mt. Kirkjufell #2

Not only that, the Kirkjufellsfoss, the waterfalls, were on the other side of the road.

The waterfalls were not by the mountain at all.

Mt. Kirkjufell #3

This shot was taken from the small bridge on top of Kirkjufell waterfalls; Kirkjufell mountain was on the other side of the road, left to the parking lot.

Only when you crossed the small bridge, standing on the left side (where all the people standing), then angled your camera to include both the mountain and the falls–Voila, you got the shot!

Mt. Kirkjufell and Kirkjufellsfoss

Ideally, during the sunset is the optimal time of the day to shoot Mt. Kirkjufell.  You would have colorful sky as the backdrop. We were not lucky that day.

On the way to Mt. Kirkjfell, Grudarfjordur, we stopped at Olafvik for lunch.  There we found a local soccer field.

Olafvik Soccer field #1

And an ultra modern church by the soccer field.

Olafvik Church

Mountains, glaciers, waterfalls, clean air and church, all must have somehow contributed to the outstanding performance of Icelandic soccer team in 2018 World Cup!