The photography exhibit ICELAND IS A WORK OF ART opened in Gallery Anarkia on May 28, 2017. All the photographs are taken from helicopters over Iceland and show abstract patterns in the Icelandic landscape that are only visible from the air.

Filmmaker and photographer Jón Gústafsson graduated from California Institute of the Arts.

ICELAND GONE WILD 001 - Iceland fine art aerial photography by Jon Gustafsson


Photographs by Jón Gústafsson.

Limited Edition Prints Available


I shot this handheld from the wrong side of the helicopter, over another the shoulder of a guy who was shooting the whole thing on a RED camera and using stabalizing equipment so please excuse the shakiness of this video.


In a Heartbeat simple label with Laurels

Good news. IN A HEARTBEAT has been invited to The Giffoni International Film Festival which is the largest children’s film festival in Europe, and possibly the World. The film will be ‘in competition’ for the GRYPHON AWARD. This will be festival number 7 and there is one more lined up that we can’t announce yet. You can see the trailer on VIMEO.


Volcano Lightning Iceland 5-©JonGustafsson



As soon as the Grimsvotn 2011 volcanic eruption started I flew there with pilot Reynir Petursson. We landed on Vatnajokull, around 2 kilometres from the eruption. We noticed lots of lightnings all around us but mostly around the eruption. The interesting thing was that most of the lightnings were coming up from the glacier and shooting upwards.

Volcano Lightning Iceland

Volcano Lightning Iceland

Volcano Lightning Iceland

Volcano Lightning Iceland


Volcanic Eruption in Grímsvötn – Vatnajökull – Iceland

Flew to the eruption in Grimsvotn in Vatnajökull last night with helicopter pilot Reynir Petursson. Got a few nice pictures. All rights reserved.

Volcanic Eruption in Iceland May 2011 - Photo by Jon Gustafsson

Volcanic Eruption in Iceland May 2011 - Photo by Jon Gustafsson

Volcanic Eruption in Iceland May 2011 - Photo by Jon Gustafsson

Pilot Reynir Petursson called me 30 minutes afte the eruption started and suggested we go filming. Last year when the Eyjafjallajokull eruption started we lucked out and got the first images of that eruption – and then the airspace was shut down. We sold those exclusive pictures and footage all over the world through Reuters and AP. I saw that footage used anywhere from the Jon Stewart’s Tonight Show to President Obama’s White House Correspondents’ Dinner.

It took us 90 minutes to fly to Grimsvotn with a strong wind against us. The eruption looked magnificent in the sunset. Once we landed 5 miles away from the crater the cold glacier air hit us like a truck. We tried to work outside but I only lasted for a couple of minutes. Pilot Reynir Petursson also didn’t want to stay on the ground for too long since it was very windy and the ash fall was unpredictable. The light was also disappearing and he needs visual reference which is difficult on a white glacier. Once we got off the ground again we had to stay low because there were so many lightnings all around the eruption. Getting hit by a lightning in that strong wind, extreme frost and next to a live volcano was not desirable. We made it back to Reykjavik at 2am. Now the airspace has been closed in a 20 nautical miles radius because of ash.

Eyjafjallajokull Volcanic Eruption photographs

This is the fist photo of the Eyjafjallajokull eruption. Until that point no one had seen the eruption because of clouds. Commander Reynir Freyr Petursson found a hole in the clouds and took us up to 7000 ft in his helicopter.

Brighter Hell – The Watchmen

Music video for The Watchmen. The song is Brighter Hell from the album Silent Radar. Directed by Jon Gustafsson. Director of Photography Brian Rougeau. Ediror David McGunigal. Winner of Blizzard Award for Best Music Video 2001.

Sir JoJo playing for German tourists on the Delphin Voyager

I took a 24 hour trip from Reykjavik to Akureyri with Sir JoJo when he was hired to perform for German Tourists onboard the Delphin Voyager. I admire the Germans… Sunday morning, 10am, beer, bratwurst and dancing.


Song: Lífsbókin (Book of Life)

Artist: Bergthora Arnadottir and Graham Smith

Director: Jon Gustafsson
D.P.: Jon Ivarsson

Reykjadalur Iceland

Reykjadalur Iceland. Photo by Chris Lund. Directed by Jon Gustafsson.

Reykjadalur, Iceland. Pilot Reynir Freyr Petursson from Photo by Jon Gustafsson.