I was visiting Iceland for the first time in 2011 and spending weeks discovering the fascinating landscape in a small camper. It was that I discovered the joy of aerial photography in Iceland.
In 2012 I took the chance to fly with Matthias Vogt on a helicopter from Liechtenstein to Iceland. Landing safe and sound at Höfn (south-east coast of Iceland) was one of the
most joyous moments I’ve every encountered – at least until then. The following weeks were filled with moments of joy, amazement, wonder and awe.
During this adventure of flying a R44 in Iceland, Matthias proved that it was a great helicopter for Iceland. Small, fast and reliable. We experienced almost all types of weather, landed at places no one had landed a helicopter before. Even during winter, the landscape is beautiful, full of terrific scenery although some colors are missing. In 2014, I got another chance to explore Iceland by helicopter, again Matthias flew to Iceland in a R44 helicopter.
Looking back at my many adventures in Iceland, people’s hospitality and friendliness is what stands out. The wonderful art of nature that Iceland brings forth, and the amount of it, is stunning. Photographic opportunities are in such abundance that even if you stand still for some time, you will find something new, a new angle or new light, different patterns in the rivers or lakes or the cloud cover. Because of that, it’s impossible to recreate the exact same picture again.
A true artist always tries to find ways to make their art slightly more nuanced than before, perhaps present it in a different way or with a different background. The great artist we call Mother Nature does this marvelously in Iceland. Whoever made that artist made it perfect.
To get the aerial pictures I was looking for, it’s of great help to be in a good team with the pilot. I would like to thank all for their great effort, especially helicopter pilot Matthias Vogt, with whom I was able to explore and photograph the Icelandic nature from above. He is very intuitive with photographing and filming from the air. Currently Matthias is operating a helicopter in Iceland. I’m looking forward to experiencing more adventures with him.