I just edited this little video for a Whale Watching company in Akureyri in the north of Iceland. The company is called Ambassador.
Personally I enjoy being on a boat on a nice day more than I enjoy seeing whales but that’s just me. For many tourists it seems to be a big thrill to come close to these gentle giants. For me, having grown up in Iceland, they were just always around. I grew up with a view of the ocean. Wildlife was always there. I would sometimes see seals swimming directly in front of my house. After going whale watching in both Reykjavik and Akureyri I would say that driving to Akureyri for Whale Watching is worth it.
I went for a drive down the south coast of Iceland. The places we visited are Vík, Reynisdrangar, Dyrholaey and Höfðabrekkuheiði. The first photo is shot with a Canon EOS 7D but the rest of them are shot with my iPhone 5. You should be able to click on the photos to see bigger versions. © Jon Gustafsson.
Just came back from a helicopter flight over the volcanic eruption on Fimmvörðuháls in Eyjafjallajökull on the south coast of Iceland. I captured some good footage for my company Artio Films.
The 2009 re-release of the documentary Wrath of Gods (with Gerard Butler) is now available on Amazon.com. Buy a copy.
I’m afraid that the sate of our currency (the Icelandic krona = IKR) can best be expressed/explained with this video:
The North American version of Wrath of Gods (with Gerard Butler) DVD is sold out. There are no more new copies left anywhere. I just found this on Amazon.com. Someone is offering one copy for $58. This version will not be produced again, but I am working on a final version, with subtitles in German and Spanish and never before seen footage. Still haven’t decided if it will go into production.
The big August long weekend is here. Thousands of people are camping out at these big drunken orgy festivals, but not me. I went for a hike around Ölkelduháls and Reykjadalur (Steam Valley). If you ever get to Iceland you should try to find this place. At the top of the valley you find the source of Reykjadals-river, actually two sources, one hot and one not so hot. Where those two meet is a very popular bathing spot.
I love surprises. Last night I had two. First of all Damien Rice is entertaining as hell and secondly, a girl from LA called Amy Kuney came out of the blue and impressed a Nasa full of Icelanders. Great voice and great songs. I looked her up on MySpace and she seemed to have mostly done cover songs and posted them on YouTube but there seems to be a CD coming out. She looks young but her voice sounds older. Somebody obviously brought a video camera to the concert and posted this on YouTube (not me).
This time of year I don’t want to be anywhere other than in Iceland. I feel sorry for those of you who have to tolerate the heat and humidity of New York and Toronto, or the scorching heat of New Mexico and California… (you know who you are). Just to torture you I have to post these pictures I took last week. A friend of mine needed pictures of his new foals. Here you go:
It took a while till the mares trusted me. They are very protective of the young ones.
A well timed concert. Right now we are in the middle of an economic down-turn. It is quite possible that the unemployment rate in Iceland will rise from the current 1% to 3 or 4% in the coming months. Many people are demanding that we start building more hydro dams so we can build more aluminum smelters to keep more people employed and to raise our GDP. This is the time that we need Björk and Sigur Rós to remind us not to destroy more Icelandic natural treasures because of short sighted greed. I got there too late for Sigur Rós, but Björk was fun as always.
Just had one of the most fund nights ever (with no woman involved that is). We left Reykjvik harbor last night at 5pm. My friend JoJo invited me along to film his gig onboard the Delphin Voyager. After the concert we sat up at the Panorama Bar on the top level of this gigantic cruice ship with guitarist Alfredo Fernando and watched the WestFjords as we sailed north in the midnight sun. After all this was the longest day of the year and we were up by the Arctic Circle. Those Germans know how to have fun. 10am on a Saturday morning. As we sailed in Eyjafjordur, towards Akureyri, they brought out the beer and the liverwurst an danced their way around the top deck of Delphin Voyager.
One of the first people I met on board the Delphin Voyager was Alfredo Fernando, a Scottish/Chilean musician who lives in Germany. The first thing that came to my mind was, this guy must know one of my favorite songs – Sabor a mi. Alfredo and I ended up at the Panorama bar till 5am, watching the sun not set up by the Arctic Circle as we sailed past Hornstrandir and the rest of the Westfjords.