A week in Iceland

 

After having spent so much time in New Zealand I thought there wasn’t much that was going to impress me scenery wise, but Iceland totally blew our minds. We weren’t really sure what to expect going in winter, even thought it might be a silly idea, but it was seriously the best trip I’ve had in a very long time.

I’ve decided to do a little blog about our adventure, because really, Iceland is a photographer’s wonderland. If you want to do a sunrise shoot in winter, you don’t need to get out of bed until about 9am. And then… sunrise goes on for about 2-3 hours, so you can take your time, and the light is AMAZING pretty much all through the day.

On our first day, we headed out bright and early to arrive at Gullfoss for sunrise and a refreshing -15C. Yes, hot chocolate very much essential!

Our second and third days were probably the most epic. Well actually, there are the northern lights still to come… but first we were greeted with some dramatic weather, incredible water falls, cute horses in the snow and that infamous plane wreck, which I kept calling a ship wreck, presumably because it was on a beach. Sunrise magic at its best!

Photos below: Skogafoss, Dyrhólaey, DC3 Plane Wreck, Reynisfjara and Vik.

A week flies by, and we did and saw so much, my head was slightly spinning by the end of it. On our second to last day we headed to Diamond Beach with its slightly surreal perfectly clear “ice cubes” and Jökulsárlón (good luck with pronouncing the place names by the way). The driving out east was mildly terrifying with lots of ice and drifting snow. I felt a bit like I was on an artic expedition. I’d definitely recommend getting a 4x4 if you are going in winter.

And as if we hadn’t been lucky enough, the Northern Lights kindly made an appearance for us on our last night.

And then it was time to go home. So I loved Iceland, and if anyone should find themselves in need of a photographer for their wedding, elopement, engagement or anything else over there, please do think of me! #happytotravel ❤️❤️❤️