Lonely Planet Writer

Iceland proves why it’s a Game of Thrones setting in these incredible images

Iceland undoubtedly boasts some of the world’s most enchanting landscapes. With its ice-capped volcanoes, boiling geysers and mammoth glaciers, it’s no wonder the makers of Game of Thrones opted to use the diverse countryside as a setting for Winterfell, the Vale, and of course; North of the Wall.

A zig-zag river from above in Iceland. Image by Serena Ho/Albert Dros

On a recent trip to this magical terrain, a pair of curious photographers decided to explore its unique beauty from above. Albert Dros from the Netherlands and Australian Serena Ho took to the air and flew over Iceland’s highlands, capturing a series of absolutely incredible shots.

The pair took stunning images from the skies above Iceland. Image by Serena Ho/Albert Dros

“We’d both visited Iceland before”, begins Albert, “and wanted to do something different when it came to photography. Going up in an airplane offered us unique views and perspectives, instead of clichés.” “The most fun I ever had flying was over Norway’s Lofoten Islands”, adds Serena. “When the opportunity came up to do it in Iceland, I took it immediately, as I’ve long wanted to shoot the highlands and see the country from a different perspective.”

The images of Iceland were captured from a plane. Image by Serena Ho/Albert Dros

How did the country look from such a great height? “It was simply breathtaking to view Iceland from above,” says Serena. “The braided rivers catch the light in the most magnetically beautiful way, and the mountains seem larger than life.” “Iceland is already beautiful from the ground”, says Albert, “but it totally looks like another planet from above; almost like abstract paintings. The top-down views from the mud rivers are something I’ve never seen anywhere else. Then there are the ground textures that look like alien landscapes. And of course the glaciers and snow patches everywhere, mixed with the greens. It’s something that you have to see for yourself, and is hard to describe.”

The view from the plane. Image by Serena Ho/Albert Dros

“What I love about flying and photographing from above”, says Serena, “is that the landscape takes on a whole new meaning. You’re able to put the pieces of the puzzle together and to see the location as a whole. It really takes on a new significance.” Was there an aerial scene that stood out for her?I think the most impressive view was actually of the geothermal areas, with steam billowing into the atmosphere. From the ground, they exude so much force and energy, but from the sky, they seem so delicate. It just shows that nature can be terrifying yet fragile in its activity, all at once.”