Photos of the Many Faces of Reykjavík’s Mt. Esja Skip to content

Photos of the Many Faces of Reykjavík’s Mt. Esja

By Iceland Review

Emil Hannes Valgeirsson took a picture of Mt. Esja, which overlooks Reykjavík, from the same angle every day at noon for an entire year. He had had this idea for many years until he finally executed it, starting on January 1, 2011.


A screenshot from Emil’s website.

The results can now be seen on the website

Emil told Morgunblaðið that he chose the location carefully, on the lower parking lot of the landmark building Perlan in Öskjuhlíð looking to the northeast.

Not only does the location offer a good view of Esja but also of the capital, including three towers: the glass tower at Höfðatorg, the church spires of Háteigskirkja and the light tower of the seafarer’s school Stýrimannaskólinn.

Also, there is rich vegetation in the foreground.

Emil marked the spot but sometimes it was covered with snow making it difficult to locate.

Even though he had committed himself to being there every day at the same time for a whole year, he never considered giving up and even stood there with his camera in fierce storms.

However, he had the assistance of several other photographers who filled in for him when he couldn’t make it.

All 365 photos are accessible on Emil’s website, including information on the weather conditions under which each photograph was taken.

Comparable projects have been executed before. For example, librarian and guide Eiríkur Þ. Einarsson took pictures of Esja on weekdays between 2003 and 2006 around noon, also usually from the same angle.


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