The Next Best Thing to a Road Trip Around Iceland: This Stunning Time-Lapse Video

Photographer Henry Jun Wah Lee captures the northern island in all its stark, color-saturated glory. 

Photographer Henry Jun Wah Lee captures the northern island in all its stark, color-saturated glory in Legend: A Journey Through Iceland. The video is a collaboration with the band MONO, who did the music. 

Lee describes the shooting process on his Vimeo page

The film travels across Iceland, from the floating blue icebergs of Jokulsarlon's glacial lagoon to the steaming geothermic vents of Myvatn, the colorful mountains of Landmannalaugar to the breathtaking sunsets on Snaefellnes Peninsula, and the barren volcanic landscapes of Askja to the vast fields of lupin near Husavik. Legend was shot over a two-week period in June 2012 when the [sun] barely sets below the horizon and you never see darkness. It was filmed completely in 5K resolution using Canon full frame DSLRs on motion timelapse equipment from Kessler Crane.

You might recognize Lee's style from his time-lapse video of the American southwest. He talks about the project and his photography in an interview with the Atlantic Video channel.

For more work by Henry Jun Wah Lee, visit http://www.evosiastudios.com/.

Kasia Cieplak-Mayr von Baldegg is the executive producer for video at The AtlanticMore

Cieplak-Mayr von Baldegg joined The Atlantic in 2011 to launch its video channel and, in 2013, create its in-house video production department. She leads the development and production of original documentaries, interviews, and other video content for The Atlantic. Previously, she worked as a producer at Al Gore’s Current TV and as a content strategist and documentary producer in San Francisco. She studied filmmaking and digital media at Harvard University.

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