This was my very first night in Iceland. To be honest, I wasn’t quite sure what to expect. I’d heard stories of course; oh Iceland is amazing, I’ve never seen somewhere so beautiful, etc. I had my doubts.

Myself and Greg had spent the day driving up to the Snaefellsnes peninsula and the weather wasn’t great. Everything was grey and misty and not very inspiring.

Not only this, but we had problems with our van; the windscreen heater and washing fluid didn’t work, so seeing out was becoming more difficult due to the conditions. Putting this aside, as we were quite far from Reykjavik now, we battled on.

The weather cleared, but alas it started to get dark. We pulled off the road and started making some sandwiches. It had gotten very cold as the sky was really clear. I looked up and was completely amazed.

I’d never seen so many stars! The sky was literally filled with them. I could see stars, planets, meteors, satellites, the whole works! Upon looking behind me, I saw this stunning mountain that we had been completely oblivious to in the pitch black.

Out came the cameras and we started shooting away. This is one of my favourite photos of Iceland, as it evokes the memories of appreciating this stunning country for the very first time.

Not only did the sky remain crystal clear for the rest of the night, but we had the most amazing show of the northern lights.

The Snaefellsnes peninsula is not only filled with incredible landscapes, but was also where the journey to the centre of the Earth began in Jules Verne’s eponymous novel.

If you’ve never seen Iceland, I recommend it. If you’re a photographer and never been to Iceland, do it. Do it now.

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Conor MacNeill

Fine-art travel photographer, freelance front-end web developer and martial arts instructor. Head to to find out more about me.

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