Talented Polish landscape photographer Jakub Polomski has a newly developed love/hate relationship with Iceland. In July of this year he traveled to the scenic country on a mission to capture as many breathtaking pictures as possible in two weeks.
He easily accomplished, and perhaps even surpassed, his photographic goals, but along the way he faced a number of challenges due to Iceland's unpredictable and extreme weather and terrain.
Despite these challenges, Polomski couldn't help but fall in love with Iceland and its vast terrain. He writes, "Iceland offers a great variety of landscapes' types. On such small space, you can see an ocean, coast, fjords, mountains, glaciers, waterfalls, rivers, lakes, volcanoes, thermal springs, and fields of lava. It's like training camp for a landscape photographer."
Enjoy taking a peek at the unmatched beauty of Iceland, all the while hearing the unique struggles Polomski faced in order to solidify these gorgeous moments into photographs.
The weather in Iceland is extreme and often unpredictable. Polomski found himself shooting landscapes only to be pelted by wind and rain that chilled down to the bone. Although, some days the rain seemed relentless when it would suddenly stop, the clouds breaking way to reveal the rays of the sun.
Polomski recommends renting a 4x4 car in order to cross over rocky terrain, gravel roads and rivers. Although, he warns crossing rivers can quickly turn dangerous if you're not careful as the rivers tend to change depths.
Local sandstorms are just waiting to destroy your car. It only takes a few minutes for one of Iceland's sandstorms to demolish paintwork.
During some shoots, Polomski found himself surrounding by hundreds of mosquitoes.
"At some locations, you may smell strong odor of sulphur in the air, and you couldn't stay in such place for a long time."
Polomski said the most stunning locations he found were not mentioned on any guide map, but were instead found through his own random adventures. So the next time you head to Iceland, be prepared for anything and don't be afraid to make your own roads and go exploring.