The Winter Lights Festival 2017

The festival was held for the 16th time this year in Reykjavik and is an annual event and celebrates both the winter world and the growing sun light after a long period of darkness. It takes place on the first Weekend in February.

The program is a mixture of art and industry. There were multiple lights installations across the downtown area of Reykjavik.

The opening ceremony was held on the Thursday, 02.02 at the Hallgrímskirkja church with a Volcano eruption projection on to it.

But this was just the beginning, the Museum Night follows on the 3rd of February follows, with open doors to all of 45 museums.

The Pool Night, takes place on the 4th and welcomes the visitors to relax in thermal heated water.

On Sunday, the 5th, the city turns off all the street lights from 21:00 to 22:00 to draw attention to the concept of the quality of darkness and to let people experience the sky in its purest form.

However the weather did not want to play and it was cloudy over Reykjavik that night. But still it was very interesting to see the stars and the moon. I think, Reykjavik should turn off the lights more often.

More information about the Winter Lights Festival you can find here:

http://winterlightsfestival.is

Opening ceremony of Festival of Winter Lights at the Hallgrímskirkja

This year, the annual Festival of Winter Lights will take place from 2nd until the 5th of February 2017. There are a lot of different lights installations in Downtown Reykjavik, Iceland. The opening of the festival took in center of Reykjavik Downtown, at the Hallgrímskirkja church with a Volcano eruption projection on to it.

Colorful Reykjavik Downtown

Snæfellsnes in December

This year is a very strange winter here in Iceland. It is very common that Reykjavik does not get so much snow as other parts of Iceland, like for example Akureyri. Last year on the December the first, Reykjavik was experiencing lots of snow, other parts of Iceland even more. But this year, whole Iceland is completely snow free, with exception of highlands. But even the mountain tops are snow free. Esjan (the mountain that you can see from Reykjavik) has nothing white on top of it.

The weather is also not so bad. Not so many storms with strong winds. We still get strong wind with rain but it’s by far less than last year.

The weather situation brought me on the idea to go for a quick tour over to Snæfellsnes. Last time I was there, was 2 years ago. The weather forecast looked good, with partial clouds and a lot of sun.

The only thing that was an issue was the sun light. 4 hours and 13 minutes. That was the time between the sunrise and sunset.

But still it was a really interesting experience to travel in Iceland in mid-December with no snow.

I was happy to see the seals again at the Ytri Tunga beach. Lying lazy on the rocks, lifting their head to see me and probably think “another crazy photographer”.

I have decided to meet the sunset at Lóndrangar cliffs. Try something new with long exposure and just take a moment and enjoy the elements of sun, wind, landscape and huuuuge waves.

I was even happier that the cloud front slowly started to roll in.

This picture was taken with the new Canon EF 16-35mm F/4 IS. I was testing it out and I am very happy with the results. The camera was 5D Mark IV.

Settings: ISO 640, F/5.6, 15s at 24mm. In front of the lens was a B&W 10 Stop ND filter with B&W circular polarizer.

Lóndrangar cliffs with Sunset

Behind the scenes

Búðir - Black Church