An intrepid photographer's incredible images of the Nordic islands

From a seahorse-shaped iceberg in Greenland to staggering cliff faces in the Faroes, an intrepid photographer’s incredible images of the Nordic islands, taken over 14 years

  • Renowned photographer Stefan Forster has compiled a stunning collection of images of the Nordic islands
  • He made more than 80 intrepid trips through Greenland, Iceland, Norway and the Faroe Islands over 14 years
  • His images appear in a book called Nordic Islands – and here we present 10 pictures from the epic tome

Photographers will go to great lengths to get the perfect shot.

And one man who knows this only too well is Stefan Forster, who has dedicated 14 years of his life to compiling a breathtaking collection of images of the Nordic islands.   

Swiss-born Forster, one of the most renowned nature photographers in Europe, made more than 80 intrepid trips through far-flung Greenland, Iceland, the Faroe Islands and the islands of Norway to capture their mesmerising beauty. 

His journey saw him walk hundreds of kilometres through the Highlands of Iceland, paddle a kayak along the west coast of Greenland, sail on an old wooden ship through the mighty Scoresby Sound of East Greenland, and scale one of the steepest cliffs on the Faroe Islands. 

All for the love of the lens. 

His images appear in a new book called Nordic Islands and capture staggering cliff faces, vast blue icebergs, the dazzling Northern Lights and intriguing wildlife. Scroll down to view a selection from the tome…  

Beautiful: Forster captured this sunrise shot in Scoresby Sund, a fjord system in Greenland, from an inflatable boat 

Forster’s journey saw him walk hundreds of kilometres through the Highlands of Iceland to capture images like the one above 

Epic: Forster used a drone to capture images of mammoth icebergs in Greenland 

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Forster said capturing images of the Northern Lights requires ‘a lot of patience’ as you need perfectly clear skies 

Labour of love: Forster spent 14 years compiling the photos for the collection, which includes panoramic images of Iceland’s lakes

Forster said he couldn’t believe his eyes when he caught sight of this seahorse made of ice during his first trip to Greenland in 2012

The photographer’s journey also took him to the Faroe Islands, which are known for harbouring dramatic cliffs

Snap happy: Pictured are the mountains and crystal clear waters surrounding the Lofoten archipelago in Norway

Rugged: This atmospheric image is of Vestrahorn, a 454-metre (1,489ft) mountain in south-east Iceland

Forster encountered this Arctic Fox near Ilulissat, a coastal town in Greenland. Forster reveals in his book that the fox bit the hood off his camera out of curiosity 

Nordic Islands by Stefan Forster is published by teNeues in May and is priced £29.95. Visit 

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