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KIRKJUFELL, ICELAND

Kirkjufell, which means ‘church mountain’, is backed by the spectacular Kirkjufellsfoss waterfalls

I shot this photo on a family holiday to Iceland, where we toured the entire island via the Ring Road. We visited lots of well-known places, but I knew Mount Kirkjufell in west Iceland would be special. We were there during the period of the midnight sun and, heading out after dinner,

I was greeted by this scene. The sun was descending very slowly and warm light was everywhere. I found an isolated place to wait for the sun to reach its lowest point, and took a picture. When I looked at my camera screen, I knew instantly I had the best souvenir of the trip. To watch the sun set and rise in such a short time in the middle of nature was a gift.

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