Seeing stardust landing far far away

Back in June 2022, I travelled to Iceland to photograph its earthy and volcanic landscapes. Central to my trip were the Laugavegur and Fimmvörðuháls trails — about 82km of hiking with little elevation (about 2,200m). My initial plan was to do the trek in 3 days but the weather forced me to speed up and complete it in just over 2 days… You don’t want to gamble with the forecasts in Iceland.

There are two things I really loved about that trek. First, being on my own for most of it: the mountain huts along the way have limited capacity so you won’t have to deal with armies of tourists. Second, each section of the trail offered truly varied landscapes, and many of them would’ve been the perfect set for a Star Wars scene. It was like packing multiple trips into one, going from snowy areas, to greener or volcanic lands. Sadly R2-D2 didn’t make an appearance this time — I’ll have to make another intergalactic trip.

Until then, don your virtual hiking boots and follow me from…

Landmannalaugar to Álftavatn

Summer hadn’t really come yet and many sections were still covered by snow, which made for even better views.

Álftavatn to Þórsmörk

On my second day, the landscapes went from green to completely volcanic, with the snow disappearing for the most part. It quickly felt like being on another planet.

Þórsmörk to Skógar

Back with a little bit of snow, the last day would take me to the South coast.

That’s a wrap! Until next time! 👋 🪐 🤖

Emmanuel Nataf

I'm a founder at Reedsy ( and a street photographer in my spare time.

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