photographer shoots icelandic surfing series using solar power photographer shoots icelandic surfing series using solar power
nov 23, 2013

photographer shoots icelandic surfing series using solar power

photgrapher shoots entire icelandic surfing series with solar power
‘jokulsarlon beach’, 2013
jokulsarlon beach is located right off of iceland’s ring road, which circles the entirety of the island country.
image © chris burkard




adventure photographer chris burkard trekked to an unlikely locale for his october surfing series: the icelandic coast. burkard and his fellow nordic travelers endured the north atlantic waters to surf against a surreal backdrop of snow, ice and volcanic black sand. ‘iceland’s dynamism is both friend and foe to the outdoor photographer’, says burkard. ‘the extreme northern latitudes keep daylight and weather conditions in a state of constant flux. at any given moment, a break in the ever-present cloud cover can yield a spectacular scene.’


spending as much time as possible on location to capture iceland’s extreme and temperamental environment, burkard slept in a tent, and relied solely on goal zero solar panels and batteries to power his camera, hard drives and laptop.



GOAL ZERO: iceland – chris burkard
video courtesy goal zero



‘jokulsarlon glacier lagoon’, 2013
constant glacial movements push icy crags down the mountains and into the jokulsarlon bay
image © chris burkard



‘jokulsarlon glacier lagoon’, 2013
the picturesque glacier lagoon at jokulsarlon has made several hollywood cameos, including the snowy training sequence in batman begins.
image © chris burkard



‘south coast’, 2013
contrary to its name and latitude, iceland’s climate is fairly mild for much of the year
image © chris burkard



‘reynisfjara beach’, 2013
years of heavy volcanic activity have given iceland its craggy, dynamic terrain
image © chris burkard



‘south coast’, 2013
chris often had little daylight to work with – the sun is only up for four or five hours in parts of iceland during winter
image © chris burkard



‘south coast’, 2013
hofn’s mountains, which lead straight into the ocean, are imposing figures on the southern shore
image © chris burkard



‘jokulsarlon beach’, 2013
shores speckled with jagged ice required extra caution from the surfers.
image © chris burkard



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