Midnight Sun | Iceland – Amazing HD, Time Elaspe Video

This has to be one of the best time elapse videos of ICELAND I have ever seen.  Iceland would be such an intriguing place to ride a bike.  Volcanic rocks, sand, unpredictable weather, landscape so unique and beautiful and such a small country.  Another dream of ours to ride here!  I have emailed the producer of this video Joe and he can not say enough about how beautiful Iceland is and that this country would be a bike haven to ride.

I have also been reading a few ride reports on the ADV forum that make Iceland as one of our dream destinations to ride.  We have been warned about the wind in the South but other than that, mild temperatures in Summer and landscape that people swear you can only see while visiting this small beautiful country.  Has anyone been here either riding or just to visit?  Please let us know by commenting and even posting some pictures.  This is a video that was made with a lot of determination and patience.  Please watch the entire video the effort is commendable and the outcome is stellar. 


Midnight Sun: A natural phenomenon occurring in the summer months north of the Arctic Circle and south of the Antarctic Circle where the sun never fully sets and remains visible 24 hours a day.

This short time lapse film was shot during the Icelandic Midnight Sun in June of 2011.

For 17 days I travelled solo around the entire island shooting almost 24 hours, sleeping in the car, and eating whenever I had the time. During my days shooting this film I shot 38,000 images, travelled some 2900 miles, and saw some of the most amazing, beautiful, and indescribable landscapes on the planet. Iceland is absolutely one of the most beautiful and unusual places you could ever imagine. Especially during the Midnight Sun when the quality of light hitting the landscape is very unusual, and very spectacular.

Iceland is a landscape photographers paradise and playground, and should be number 1 on every photographers must visit list. Iceland during the Midnight Sun is in sort of a permanent state of sunset. The sun never full sets and travels horizontally across the horizon throughout the night, as can be seen in the opening shot and at the :51 second mark in the video.

During the Arctic summer, sunset was at midnight and sunrise was at 3am. The Arctic summer sun provided 24 hours a day of light, with as much as 6 hours daily of “Golden light”. Once the sun had set it wouldn’t even get dark enough for the stars to come out, and they don’t start to reappear until August.

My advice to everyone out there, photographer or not, is simple… You MUST visit Iceland sometime during your lifetime. You will never regret it.

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The motion controlled shots in this film were shot using the Stage Zero dolly system made by Dynamic Perception (dynamicperception.com/)

Cameras and Lenses:
2 Canon 5DII DSLR cameras
1 Canon 7D
Various Canon lenses

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Special Thanks to:
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Dynamic Perception (dynamicperception.com/)
Jag35 (jag35.com/)
Kessler Crane (kesslercrane.com/)
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Michael Levy Studio (typolover.com) for his Icelandic eROADBOOK


From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
For other uses, see Iceland (disambiguation).
Republic of Iceland [aa]

Lýðveldið Ísland [ab]
Flag Coat of arms

Iceland[7][8] Listeni/ˈslənd/ (Icelandic: Ísland, IPA: [ˈislant]; see Names for Iceland), described as the Republic of Iceland, is a Nordic European island country in the North Atlantic Ocean, on the Mid-Atlantic Ridge.[9] Iceland also refers to the main island of the country, which contains about 98.6% of the population and comprises more than 99.9% of the land area. The country has a population of about 320,000 and a total area of 103,000 km2 (40,000 sq mi).[10] The capital and the largest city is Reykjavík,[11] with the surrounding areas in the southwestern region of the country being home to two-thirds of the country’s population. Iceland is volcanically and geologically active. The interior mainly consists of a plateau characterised by sand fields, mountains and glaciers, while many glacial rivers flow to the sea through the lowlands. Iceland is warmed by the Gulf Stream and has a temperate climate despite a high latitude just outside the Arctic Circle.

According to Landnámabók, the settlement of Iceland began in AD 874 when the chieftain Ingólfur Arnarson became the first permanent Norse settler on the island.[12] Others had visited the island earlier and stayed over winter. Over the following centuries, Norsemen settled Iceland, bringing with them slaves of Gaelic origin. From 1262 to 1918 Iceland was part of the Norwegian and later the Danish monarchies. Until the 20th century, the Icelandic population relied largely on fisheries and agriculture. Industrialisation of the fisheries and Marshall Aid brought prosperity in the years after World War II. In 1994, Iceland became party to the European Economic Area, which made it possible for the economy to diversify into economic and financial services.

Iceland has a free market economy with relatively low taxes compared to other OECD countries,[13] while maintaining a Nordic welfare system providing universal health care and tertiary education for its citizens.[14] In recent years, Iceland has been one of the wealthiest and most developed nations in the world. In 2011, it was ranked as the 14th most developed country in the world by the United Nations’ Human Development Index,[3] and the fourth most productive country per capita.[15] In 2008, political unrest occurred as the nation’s entire banking system systemically failed.

Icelandic culture is founded upon the nation’s Norse heritage. Most Icelanders are descendants of Norse (particularly from Western Norway) and Gaelic settlers. Icelandic, a North Germanic language, is closely related to Faroese and some West Norwegian dialects. The country’s cultural heritage includes traditional Icelandic cuisine, poetry, and the medieval Icelanders’ sagas. Currently, Iceland has the smallest population among NATO members and is the only one with no standing army.

Author: advgrrl

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6 thoughts on “Midnight Sun | Iceland – Amazing HD, Time Elaspe Video”

  1. Wow you were right on all cylinders!! Truly awe inspiring, what an amazing looking place.

    If you are interested in riding dual sport in Iceland I have scanned an Motorcycle Mojo magazine report of a fellow (Paddy) doing just that recently.

    If interested send me an email and I’ll send you a copy.



    1. We have been reading many ride reports on Iceland…seems pretty straight forward and like any remote country weather is a factor of course…thanks for the offer but I think we have enough info.

  2. I love this style of photography. Thanks for posting. I went to Iceland once 25 years ago when still in the service. Back then I wasn’t so impressed with my experience mostly ’cause we never went anywhere and I certainly wasn’t riding a Dual Sport.

    Like you guys I’ve been exploring my options for Iceland. The price though still expensive is like more affordable now because of the banking crises they’re having. It might be a good time to go.

    Here’s a Dual Sport video (you’ve probably seen already, but if not…) that I love:



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