Shooting the Green Moss in Iceland / by Alice Zilberberg

copyright Alice Zilberberg Photography

copyright Alice Zilberberg Photography

The Green Moss

When I was looking up photos of Iceland, images of a beautiful moss-covered green volcanic fields were one of the things that drew me most to shooting in this country. This landscape fits perfectly with my photography style, and I was very keen on getting there. But when I asked people who lived there, or tourist information, they didn’t know what the hell I was talking about. I didn’t know whether this terrain was just everywhere in iceland, or a specific place. In fact I knew nothing about how to find it. Why is that? We learned that this landscape, that looks so unique and surreal to us westerners, looks just like regular grass to the Icelandic people. It’s like someone coming to your backyard, pointing at the dirt and demanding that it’s the most beautiful thing they had ever seen. 

Where is the Moss?!

If you don’t have all the time in the world, and are looking to do some photography in the green moss field, I will now make your life easier. I dropped a pin on google maps which you can do on your smart phone or the like. The good news is it’s not hard to find. There are two stretches of the landscape, right off of the main road (1) when driving east in South Iceland. Of course there are many more similar looking areas like this in Iceland, but this area is the most accessable.

The first stop is about 3 hours away coming from Reykjavik or Kefjavik International airport. You will pass the town Vik and the field will start around road 209 before you reach Kirkjubæjarklaustur. Then it stops after a while and starts again after a river close to the 202. It's about a 45 drive from one field to the other. The one further east has more mountains in the background, but they are similar for the most part. 

What’s it like?

I think some photography of this place doesn’t do it justice. It’s truly a magical field, that looks like some elves are about to pop out from between the cracks at any second. It’s also very soft, and feels like you’re walking on a cloud. This green lava field gets a 5 star rating from me on the travel photography scale.

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