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top 5 extreme locations by klaus thymann

Klaus Thymann is not only an award winning photographer but also a director, digital artist and longtime contributor to i-D. Having created global advertising campaigns for Nike and Levi's and directed several short films, the Danish adventurer and his beard now travel the globe documenting cultures for the likes of National Geographic and the BBC. We called on him to share his Top 5 Most Extreme Locations… "This is a difficult one as I have been to a lot of places, some extreme in the way they look, others extreme because of the logistics and then there are the ones that are kind of dangerous…"

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  • 5. Bombed Airport, Gaza

    "Gaza is difficult to get to and you have to get specialist insurance, as it's listed as a war-zone. I was there photographing Gaza Parkour for the New York Times and chose the bombed-out airport as a location. Because of the extreme heat we only shot very early mornings and evenings when the sun was low. The kids were great to collaborate with!" 




  • 4. Jökulsárlón, Iceland

    "This is one of my favourite places in the world, and it's surprisingly easy to get to compared to other locations. I have been here many times. I shot David here for i-D's Wise Up Issue (pictured here) - the series that won me the World Photography Award in 2013. I would recommend for everyone to go, it's so beautiful. I’ve never been in winter so that may be next!"

    Iceland Thymann

  • 3. The Blue Lake, New Zealand

    "The world’s clearest lake is in New Zealand, and I am the only person in the world to have been allowed to dive in it. The water is unbelievably clear. It’s a two day hike to get there, but we had so much kit we got helicoptered in. I worked with the Department of Conservation and the local Mauri tribe to get permissions and conduct the dive in a way so everyone was happy."





    NZ Thymann

  • 2. Kiruna, Sweden

    "Kiruna is home to the world’s largest underground iron ore mine, which is so big that the ground has started to crack. The crack is moving towards the town, making it unstable. Parts of the town will be moved and others taken down over the next decade or so; basically they are relocating the entire town. I am working on an ongoing project documenting the transition. The world’s second biggest mine is close by at Malmberget and that is also collapsing. Both towns are in the Arctic Circle."

    Sweden Thymann

  • 1. Rwenzori Mountains, Uganda

    "Believe it or not, but there are glaciers in Uganda at around 5000 metres above sea level. You have to walk for four days to get there. It's cold and it rains a lot, but it is such a special place when you get there. I was there only recently documenting glaciers for Project Pressure, a not-for-profit organization set out to create the world’s first crowd-sourced glacier atlas. You have to be extra careful not to twist an ankle or break a leg because a rescue will take days... Not many people go, partly because there is no rescue and if something happens you will die."


    Uganda Thymann