An Icelandic adventure has been on my mind since 2013, when my airbnb host and I bonded over cocktails and his stunning trip photos. So when David and I were planning our overseas trip for this year, Iceland was an obvious contender! We enjoy both road trips and the outdoors together, so this trip seemed like a perfect opportunity to combine them. Despite the unaccommodating weather and the painfully expensive cost of well, everything, we still found exactly what we came here for—a peaceful vastness of space, solitude, and surreal, ever-changing landscapes.
Although my intent was always to photograph the scenery, my focus shifted once I was actually there. I realized how much I just wanted to be present and explore freely, and the camera suddenly felt so obstructive to my experience. Below are a few shots I did manage to capture, before quickly returning to the moment.
The beginning of the hike to Seljavallalaug - one of the oldest swimming pools in Iceland.
Our post-dinner walk in the town of Vik.
And, this is Vik—one of the larger towns we visited, with a population of whopping 300 people.
Reynisfjara Beach, Vík. These jagged basalt columns line the black sand beach for a dramatic photoshoot background.
This is my model, who cooperated with the photoshoot just long enough for me to capture this one shot. ;)
Clearly we didn't have much sunshine the entire trip, but the gray skies did make for some dramatic photographs.
Eldhraun lava field - the third largest lava field on Earth that exists after the Ice Age.
Fjaðrárgljúfur hike. It was at this point in the trip I realized my waterproof pants were not so waterproof after all.
Our mini-sized rental car that made the journey possible. Runs best in low wind conditions and at slow speeds.
Vatnajökull as seen from the road-side. It is the largest glacier in Iceland, the second largest in Europe.
We unexpectedly stumbled onto this stunning beach, with broken glacier pieces scattered across the sand. It is known as Diamond Beach.
One of the hotels we stayed at during our road trip. Hotel Skogafoss. Lovely hotel with a great happy hour, which in Iceland is buy 1 beer at the price of 20 króna, and get 1 free!
Happiest in the outdoors!
Jökulsarlon Ice Lagoon—where the White Walkers live.
Winter is coming.
Another fun hike with no one else in sight. That's Vatnajökull in the background. We could have continued on further if my waterproof pants weren't so watery.
My future home.
My future pets.
Once again another amazing hike in an isolated and breath-taking environment. The path was filled with so many unexpected and stunning waterfalls. The most famous waterfall in this areas is Seljalandsfoss, but the hiking path after that is much more memorable.
Best dessert I have ever had in my life. It's for the best they are so far away. I love you, Braud & Co.
More future pets.