Photographer Travels 4,000 Miles Around Iceland for Time-Lapse Adventure

Photographer Eric Hines has always wanted to travel to Iceland. So naturally, when the opportunity came up, he jumped at it. Seventeen days, four thousand miles driving and a lot of shutter actuations later, the gorgeous time-lapse above serves as proof that he made the trip.

Hines went to Iceland a couple of months ago in June, and got to experience the midnight sun: the phenomenon that happens around the solstices in places above and very close to the arctic circle where you can actually still see the sun at midnight.

The trip itself was an interesting experience. “Sleeping in the passenger seat of a small SUV and living off mostly gas station food, it was all worth it,” writes Hines. “The country was absolutely stunning and I certainly hope to spend more time there again.”


Gear wise, he used only his 5D Mark III, a few Canon lenses and a Kessler Crane CineDrive to captured the footage you see above. The shot of the horses, which is obviously not time-lapse, was shot in RAW video thanks to Magic Lantern’s recent breakthroughs.

In the end, the 4,000 mile, 17-day trip was everything Hines was hoping for and more. As he has responded to the commenters on his video who badly want to go there now that they’ve seen this beautiful footage: “You definitely wouldn’t regret going!”

  • Daz

    so where is this land of ice? i don’t see any

  • Jon Woodbury

    Poor guy had to make do with only a 5d3 and a crane? Rough. ;-)

  • Evan Skuthorpe

    I’ll be there in 4 weeks time!

  • rebutus maximus

    Simply wonderful.

  • agour

    actually the cinedrive is a three axis dolly :) Kessler crane is the company that makes them ;)

  • Andy (Hide Your Arms)

    Didn’t you learn anything from The Mighty Ducks? Iceland is very green (in Summer, at least), and Greenland is very icy,

  • sheila752

    what Sandra responded I am inspired that anybody able to earn $9385 in 1 month on the internet. did you see this page http://www.kep2.ℂom

  • Mike_Kelley

    Great video! The gross exaggeration of miles driven is sorta weird. Mistranslation? 4000km maybe, but 4000 miles is five trips around the ring road (800mi) which is just insane and very unlikely. I have done the same route in the video a few times and it’s closer to 1000mi (including the westfjords), unless he backtracked.

  • Green Global Travel

    Stunning! Iceland is absolutely breathtaking and it is awe inspiring how well you have been able to document the landscape in the short time lapse video! Thank you for sharing the work – it’s gorgeous!