Hveravellir is a unique oasis in the stony deserts of Iceland’s interior.
This oasis includes a campsite with basic services, an incredible hot pool with a constant Geothermal feed. It is a location famously used by exiled criminals, where they could hide out in relative comfort.
To sit amongst the hot springs and feel the ground shake when the pressure underground builds, you actually feel that you are on a volcano. This is the honeycomb version of earth’s crust. This hostile area actually offers lots of comfort in the just bearably hot bath.
There are many light dependent photo stops on the way to Hveravellir. The road is called Kjölurvegur and is notoriously rough. It is possible to get there is a regular car, but be prepared to have some repairs when you return.
observe the direction and strength of the steam in the geothermal area. Correct control can make or break a shot. If the steam is widespread and slow, try to avoid very long exposures, this will lead to milky white images. If the wind is strong, a long exposure can create a surreal effect.
Using grad filters or magic cloth can give good results, but I have found that the blue pool exposes very nicely with a cloudy sky.