It’s been a while since I last posted a great time lapse video of Iceland. This one is top notch and perhaps the best since Stiegemeier’s time lapse of the Eyjafjallajökull eruption. Filmmaker Henry Jun Wah Lee traveled around Iceland over a two week period last June shooting time lapses, mostly in the everlasting twilight period of Iceland’s midnight sun. The video was shot as a music video for the song Legend by ambient band Mono.
I like how the video shows a slightly different perspective than most. Henry’s left out many of the most common sights and instead focuses on the barren landscapes of the highlands. Still, you may recognize some spots. The first shots are of the barren lava fields around Hekla and of the colorful smoky mountains around Landmannalaugar. The steam blasting hot spring shots are taken in the Krafla area close to Mývatn. The glacier shots are all taken in the Öræfi area, showing the famous Jökulsárlón and neighbouring Fjallsárlón lagoons. The mystic dark valley in the fog is a narrow valley behind the farm Hof (It’s full of trolls). The next few shots are taken in the Austfirðir area, finally jumping across the whole country to the highly photogenic Kirkjufell mountain in Grundarfjörður. Another jump back to the northeast shows some powerful shots of the mighty Dettifoss waterfall (used in the opening shot of Promotheus). The only people visible in the video are by the Brúarfoss waterfall. Shortly thereafter there is a good shot of the Goðafoss waterfall in the north and then fresh water pouring from underneath a lava field probably in the south. Then ending shots are again mostly in the Landmannalaugar and Fjallabak area (check out these amazing 360° panoramas of that area) and the very end of the video shows the not so well know, but my favorite mountain in Iceland, Löðmundur.
If you liked this video, you should also check out the Behind the Scenes version.