Nature

By Jamie Smith


A beautiful sunrise appears to have performed an alchemist’s trick – and morphed these ice chunks into beautiful mineral rocks.

Pic by Sigurdur William Brynjarsson/Caters News

The stunning combinations of blue, purple, orange and yellow light almost turn the frozen blocks into sapphire, amber and quartz.

Pic by Sigurdur William Brynjarsson/Caters News

In some of the pictures, waves rushing past the ice form a cold white mist around the base.

Pic by Sigurdur William Brynjarsson/Caters News

The photos were taken in January at Iceland’s Vatnajokull glacier by photographer Sigurdur William Bryniarsson.

He said: “I was there running a tour to the glacier lagoon and ice caves.

Pic by Sigurdur William Brynjarsson/Caters News

“The day in general was phenomenal.

Pic by Sigurdur William Brynjarsson/Caters News

“We got to the glacier ahead of the crowds and got to enjoy and photograph the fiery sunrise in peace.

Pic by Sigurdur William Brynjarsson/Caters News

“As the day got brighter, we headed out to the Diamond Beach once again and this time to capture the waves washing over the ice.

“Some of the ice blocks are the size of cars and still the ocean tosses them around as if they were weightless.

Pic by Sigurdur William Brynjarsson/Caters News

“Although I go there on regular basis, this day sits at the top as an all-time favourite.

Pic by Sigurdur William Brynjarsson/Caters News

“If every day was like this one I would be living in paradise.”