They look like the vistas of an alien planet, but these pictures are actually Iceland, as seen from a plane.

The pictures were taken by Russian snapper Andrey Ermolaev, who clocked up around 4,300 miles flying above some of the Nordic nation's most spectacular regions.

The 56-year-old had to hold his camera steady as he flew up to 75mph at between 80 and 150 metres above the ground shooting photographing out of a window.

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Andrey, from Moscow, Russia, said: "Reactions to the images are always different. The landscapes are so unusual that if you don't mention at once what they show, people don't understand what they properly see.

"Iceland is close to my spirit. I was lucky to have a pilot from Iceland. He loves his country and knows a lot of interesting places."

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Andrey added: "There were many little adventures during the trip.

"I was very lucky to have a pilot from Iceland. He loves his country, he knows a lot of interesting places, he flies very often with photographers so knows what we are looking for.

"In fact, he is a pilot of Boeing planes and makes flights to America. But he insists that for his soul, to enjoy the flight, one should fly a small plane when going over Iceland."

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  • From 100 metres high, an extraordinary photo of a river, the milky colour caused by the big glacier, in Iceland. (Photo credit: Ermolaev Andrey/Barcroft Media)

  • From 100 metres high, an extraordinary photo of a small river almost on the shore of the ocean, with the plot of land creating the colours, in Iceland. (Photo credit: Ermolaev Andrey/Barcroft Media)

  • From 100 metres high, an extraordinary photo of a river, 50-100 metres from the ocean, with tracks from cars visibly seen on the bank, in Iceland. (Photo credit: Ermolaev Andrey/Barcroft Media)

  • From 100 metres high, an extraordinary photo of a river in the very center of the island, which overflows into numerous branches, in Iceland. (Photo credit: Ermolaev Andrey/Barcroft Media)

  • From 100 metres high, an extraordinary photo of a river, 50-100 metres from the ocean, with tracks from cars visibly seen on the bank, in Iceland. (Photo credit: Ermolaev Andrey/Barcroft Media)

  • From 100 metres high, an extraordinary photo of a river as it streams on dark-coloured volcanic sand before it flows into a lake in Iceland. (Photo credit: Ermolaev Andrey/Barcroft Media)

  • From 100 metres high, an extraordinary photo of a river, 50-100 metres from the ocean, with tracks from cars visibly seen on the bank, in Iceland. (Photo credit: Ermolaev Andrey/Barcroft Media)

  • From 100 metres high, an extraordinary photo of a river as it streams along sand, before flowing into the ocean in Iceland. (Photo credit: Ermolaev Andrey/Barcroft Media)

  • From 100 metres high, an extraordinary photo of a river as it streams on dark-coloured volcanic sand before it flows into a lake in Iceland. (Photo credit: Ermolaev Andrey/Barcroft Media)

  • Russian photographer Ermolaev Andrey prepares to take photos of various unique rivers from 100 metres above Iceland. (Photo credit: Ermolaev Andrey/Barcroft Media)