Get inspired and start planning your trip to Iceland with the most comprehensive and detailed guidebooks to Iceland ever published.
After five years hard work we are very proud to announce that James Rushorth’s Photographing Iceland, in two volumes with an accompanying map, is to be published next month, June 2021. Signed pre-orders are available now including a special limited edition of 100 signed hardback copies of both volumes, with a signed James Rushforth print, and two Iceland fotoVUE Adventure and Travel maps, one folded, and one flat for framing – both signed.
The Land of Fire and Ice
If you haven’t been to Iceland before, James describes the not-to-be-missed locations, giving a full run down of where, when and how. If you have visited Iceland before, James has spent the last five years exploring and guiding in Iceland, and describes off-the-beaten track locations in the east, north, west and in the interior highlands. Over 150 locations are described from roadside attractions, all the most beautiful places on the ring road are covered, to multi-day overnight hikes; covering glaciers, waterfalls, geysers, hot springs, lava fields, craters, volcanoes, mountains, coast, beaches and cliffs, towns, churches, cultural sites, harbours and wildlife from Arctic fox to orcas, puffins, seals, reindeer and the famed Icelandic horse.
This is a thorough exposition of Iceland, in two volumes and a separate map, a combination, like all fotoVUE books, of a useful field guide, photographic advice, travel and accommodation logistics for planning your trip and a coffee table book filled with gorgeous photography for inspiration. The foreword is by Egill Bjarnason (right) from Selfoss, an Icelandic journalist and the author of How Iceland Changed the World.
The fotoVUE Iceland collection is an investment, but one worth making. As well as over a 150 locations, described with detailed maps, directions, ///what3words and scannable lat-long QR-codes (right) there are chapters on where to stay, car rental and driving, language, food, culture and the history of Iceland, and how to see the northern lights and photograph them.
The photography is astonishing. James is an award-winning photographer and author of several guidebooks, and with the volumes opening to 50cm across the images—there are over 1200 photographs—are lavishly presented, and his Iceland books also feature guest photographs from some of Iceland’s most accomplished photographers.
The fotoVUE Iceland Adventure and Travel map: RRP £16.95..FREE when ordering one or both volumes from fotovue.com
Both volumes are in a square 25cm x 25cm format, soft back with card covers and flaps, with a stout binding. The fotoVUE Adventure and Travel map (only available from fotovue.com) is printed on weatherproof and tear-proof paper and opens to 890 x 625 mm and folds to a handy 125 x 222.5mm – perfect for when you are on or off the road in Iceland.
On the map side is a detailed topographic map of Iceland pinpointing all 150 locations and more beautiful places including facilities such as fuel (gas) stops, accommodation, restaurants, cafes, museums, off-licences (liquor stores) and lots more.
On the reverse side are:
All 150 locations listed in both volumes with ///what3words and scannable lat-long QR-codes for easy navigation on your smart phone; Iceland has 4G coverage covering 95% of the country.
- A city map of Reykjavik.
- A detailed road map of the Golden Circle with all locations marked.
- Details and graphs of day length, seasons, weather and climate.
- Technical details and advice on photographing the Northern lights whether using a DSLR/Mirrorless camera or a smartphone.
- Advice on driving including driving in bad weather, snow and river crossings.
Photographing Iceland – Volume ONE with the fotoVUE
by James Rushforth: £49.95 with FREE fotoVUE Iceland Adventure and Travel map
Size: 250mm x 250 mm
Extent: 496 pages, full colour throughout
Over 100 beautiful photographs • Over 120 locations, 800 viewpoints • Detailed maps, sat-nav co-ordinates including what3words and smart phone scannable lat-long QR-codes • Accommodation • Icelandic weather, climate and when to visit • Itineraries and classic locations • Car rental, vehicle insurance and driving advice • Essays on Iceland’s cultural history, cuisine, flora & fauna • How to photograph the Aurora Borealis / Northern Lights
THE SOUTH WEST including Reykjavík, The Golden Circle, the Blue Lagoon, Þingvellir National Park and the Reykanes peninsula.
THE SOUTH COAST featuring the Westman Islands, Seljalandsfoss & Gljúfrabúi waterfalls, Skógafoss waterfall, Reynisfjara Beach, Reynisdrangar sea stack, Vík í Mýrdal village and Fjaðrárgljúfur canyon.
THE SOUTH EAST explore the Vatnajökull ice cap and national park, Skaftafell Park & Svartifoss waterfall, Fjallsárlón & Jökulsárlón glacial lakes, Breiðamerkursandur / Diamond Ice Beach, Stokksnes beach & Mount Vestrahorn
THE EAST visit Seyðisfjörður village, Egilsstaðir town, the fjords, canyons, craggy mountains, remote villages and a beautiful coastline.
THE NORTH including the Langanes Peninsula, Heimskautsgerðið / The Arctic Henge, Jökulsárgljúfur, Víti crater, Hverir / Hverarönd hot springs & Mount Námafjal, Mývatn, Grímsey Island, Goðafoss waterfall, Akureyri and the Tröllaskagi Peninsula
WESTFJORDS Ísafjörður and the remote fjords and coastline, including the Hornstrandir nature reserve home to arctic foxes.
THE WEST & SNÆFELLSNES home to Orca & whale watching, Snæfellsjökull volcano towers, Kirkjufell mountain, the Lóndrangar sea stack & Beserkjahraun lava field
THE RING ROAD All you need to embark and enjoy this 1693km/1051mile circular route around Iceland.
Photographing Iceland – Volume TWO
by James Rushforth: £29.95 with FREE fotoVUE Iceland Adventure and Travel map
Size: 250mm x 250 mm
Extent: 208 pages, full colour throughout
Only accessible for a few months a year, Iceland’s enigmatic highlands are one of the most desolate yet beautiful locations on Earth, where the interaction of wind, water and fire has sculpted a unique upland environment defined by inhospitable landscapes, extreme weather and rugged topography. A place of beauty, mystery and drama, much of the region’s photographic appeal lies in this epitome of the Icelandic archetype, with no permanent habitation, a preference for unmetalled roads and very little infrastructure.
A trip to this area of genuine wilderness therefore requires careful consideration and planning to ensure a safe and productive visit. The long and often difficult driving approaches make many of the locations in the highlands unsuitable for hit and run tourism.
Over 250 beautiful photographs • 25 locations, 100 viewpoints • Detailed maps, sat-nav co-ordinates including what3words and smart phone scannable lat-long QR-codes • Accommodation • Icelandic weather, climate and when to visit • Itineraries and classic locations • Car rental, vehicle insurance and driving advice • Essays on Iceland’s cultural history, cuisine, flora & fauna • How to photograph the Aurora Borealis / Northern Lights
The Kjölur Route
F35 – Kerlingarfjöll Mountains
F35 – Hveravellir Hot Springs
F225 – Rauðfoss Waterfall & Rauðufossakvísl Source
F208 – Sigöldufoss Waterfall F208 – Sigöldugljúfur Canyon & Waterfalls
F208 – Hnausapollur / Bláhylur Crater Lake
F208 – Frostastaðavatn Lake & Stútur Crater F208 – Landmannalaugar Mountains
Laugavegur & Fimmvörðuháls Hiking Trails
Þórsmörk / Thórsmörk Nature Reserve
Þakgil / Thakgil Canyons
F206 – Lakagígar Volcanic Fissure & Laki Loop
Aldeyjarfoss & Ingvararfoss Waterfalls
Askja Caldera & Dyngjufjöll Mountains
Every fotoVUE book takes a great deal of work, and are sometimes several years in the making. If you’ve kindly bought one of our volumes I’m sure that you will appreciate this.
The main person is of course the author and photographer with their name on the front cover. The criteria for authorship is that they live in an area they they write about it or they spend a great deal of time there and know it intimately. Of course they have to be an accomplished photographer, and the big ask, be able to write well. In James’ case, he also did on his own layout with fotoVUE’s main designer Nathan Ryder.
Behind the author is a great team and we give thanks to all those who have worked with James on his Iceland books.
First and foremost, thanks to Geraldine Westrupp and Martin Sammtleben of Wild Photography Holidays. Both James, myself and several fotoVUE authors have worked for Geraldine and Martin in Iceland and we are very grateful for those experiences and opportunities..
From James’ acknowledgements:
The creation of this guidebook was only made possible by the enormous and generous support of a great many people. First and foremost, thanks to Geraldine Westrupp and Martin Sammtleben of Wild Photography Holidays, for first introducing me to Iceland, and for their subsequent support throughout this project. Over the past five years they have very kindly shared their lovely apartment in Reykjavík, providing me with a base and much needed shower in between extended periods spent living out of a van or tent. They both fell in love with Iceland many years ago, a sentiment that is clearly expressed through their images, many of which can be found throughout this guide.
Thanks to all the local and visiting photographers who have contributed:
Additional photography: Alex Nail, Gary Beff, Michael Blum, Egill Bjarnason, Sveinn Birkir Bjornsson, Sebastian Boring, Sven Broeckx, Ruedi Häberli, Hugo Healy, Friðþjofur Helgason, Stuart Holmes, Marius Kastečkas, Ben Klea, Asuri Saranathan Lakshmanan, Robert Lukeman, Jacob Meissner, Fabian Møller, NASA, Anders Nyberg, Jonatan Pie, Einar Reynis, Martin Sammtleben, Christian Schmidt, Judith Scott, Lizzie Shepherd, Sigurjón Sigurðsson, Michelle Spollen, Annie Spratt, Fredrik Strømme, Geraldine Westrupp, Doruk Yemenici and Andrew Yu.
Don Williams of Bute Cartographics for creating the maps.
Design and production by Ryder Design – www.ryderdesign.studio
Copy and proof editing by Lynne Hempton
Nordic language advisor: Roy Hodson.
Map Overlay Graphics: Mark Crowther, Mick Ryan, James Rushforth.
and in Iceland: Katie Keeley, Einar Sigurðsson, Anton Birgisson, Christian Schmidt of North Sailing, Dimmuborgir Guesthouse, Egill Bjarnason