Alex Mustard - Icelandic Fracture


This photo is from 2011, but I’ll be in Iceland again when this goes live on NPB. This is a view through a narrow underwater canyon ripped apart by Iceland’s tectonic forces.

I usually show images of these canyons with a diver in the picture to give this alien environment a sense of scale. This is one of my less well known images, free from people. The glacial spring water is wonderfully clear, but also a little chilly. At least you can drink it as you swim through it! Nes Canyon, near Husavik, north west Iceland.

Location: Husavik, Iceland

Tags: Alex Mustard, freshwater, Iceland, Landscape, rocks, underwater

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  1. Jost Stergarsek said:

    13/04/2012 10:13

    ... the lost Atlantis? I could watch this for hours ...

  2. lichterspiele said:

    13/04/2012 10:50

    Wow! I really like the colours!
    Is it a lake, or why does it contain fresh water?

  3. Helga said:

    13/04/2012 12:13

    Absolutely stunning, this picture!

  4. BushcrafterCZ said:

    13/04/2012 16:38

    just beautiful, thanks

  5. Knut-Sverre Horn said:

    14/04/2012 11:16

    A simple and straight-forward shot, but I still love it. The fact that there's no diver and no sense of scale sets the viewer free to make his own imaginative journey into this wonderful underwater landscape.

    I would probably have darkened the upper corners ever so slightly to improve the sens of depth even further.

  6. Theo said:

    02/05/2012 13:19

    Beautiful! A side of Iceland that not many people know.