“It looks like an alien planet,” is how I often describe the geography of Iceland to friends. The terrain is just so totally different than anything I’ve ever seen – moss-covered lava fields, sloping mountains, and pools of glaciers, are all large geological features that make this small island unique. Seeing it from the ground is inspiring, but seeing it from the air? Why didn’t I think of that before?

Russian photographer Andre Ermolaev has been taking aerial photos of Iceland’s volcanic rivers for several years. He triumphs in not only capturing the natural beauty that is Iceland, but also goes beyond traditional landscape photography in that every picture also looks like a painting. The beauty in these settings is genuine as well — Iceland is a leader in sustainable practices, and citizens take pride in keeping their environment clean and healthy.

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