Gabor Nagy Reveals the Otherworldly Abstract Rivers of Iceland

All photos by Gabor Nagy. Used with Creative Commons permission.

Not so long ago, we placed the spotlight on the stunning aerial photos of Iceland’s Stampar volcanic crater row which were snapped by Gabor Nagy in the Reykjanes Peninsula. It was yet another reason why Iceland is one of the most otherworldly places on Earth. However, the Budapest-based photographer and Sony Ambassador wasn’t done yet. In another installment from his Iceland From Above series, he takes us deeper into the island nation’s magical landscapes for a fascinating view of its frozen rivers.

The origin story of this series is actually interesting. In his series description, Nagy shared how he found the rivers on Google Earth — something that we bet isn’t a common practice among aerial photographers scouting for locations. “I’ve found these abstract river phenomenons on Google Earth while I was scanning through the Highlands of Iceland for new patterns and new locations for months. These rivers look like nothing else I’ve seen before — literally they are dead ends of the riverbed while the nutrients-filled water still went through the braids.”

Nagy’s abstract aerial snaps are so surreal it’s hard to believe they weren’t taken from some alien planet or moon many years into the future. Everything, from the colors, to the shapes and textures all scream alien landscape. It’s easy to imagine how excited and pleasantly surprised our featured photographer must have been, shooting in such a stunning location.

“Honestly I don’t know what these extraordinary shapes are made of but I’m so happy I could find them in real life and could capture with my trusty drone.”

Check out Gabor Nagy’s Behance portfolio and website to see more of his Iceland From Above sets and the rest of his work.