After our incredible and unplanned northern lights show on the first night of my photography tour in Iceland, our next stop was Kirkjufellsfoss. I like to call this one “triple falls”. I came up with my own names for all the places in Iceland to keep them straight in my head since the names are so complicated!
On the Snæfellsnes Peninsula, the Kirkjufellsfoss waterfall channels the glacial water into three spouts on the top level and then even more spouts on the lower level. On both sides of the waterfall, rugged mountains make a stunning backdrop.
This is the lower level of the falls from the less popular side.
Most of the photos you will see of this location are of the upper falls and made from the other side where the sharply pointed Kirkjufell mountain stands out in the background.
Making this second image was a bit of a challenge because of all the spray coming off the waterfall, but that was something that I learned to handle during my time in Iceland!
I used both my Sony A6000 and the NEX6 cameras while I was there. Since I had both, I found it easier, faster and safer (with all the water) to switch cameras than try to change lenses and risk getting water on the exposed sensor. I also had to clean the lens before every single shot to keep the water droplets off.
I like the first image better, even though it doesn’t have the dramatic clouds, because I think it’s a more unique view of this amazing location.
It was just the beginning of great things to come…