In September 2019 Belinda and I spent two weeks in Iceland—a trip that we have been planning and anticipating for some time. It was a goal to get there, and now that we have been, it is a goal to go back and to further explore this amazing island nation.
This post is the start of what will be a series describing our adventures, the planning and preparation to get there, the photography opportunities and challenges, gear for travelling and photography, and more. I guess we will keep posting as long as the stories and supporting images allow us to illustrate how much this land of extremes inspired us.
A Land of Extremes
Iceland is a small country with absolutely massive landscapes.
There is nothing average about Iceland—it is a land of fire and ice; micro and macro; light and dark.
From a photography perspective, you have countless opportunities to capture the massive landscapes, or the incredible details.
To enjoy Iceland fully you need to be ready for anything. And everything.
We flew into Keflavik Airport and collected our hire car before heading into Reykjavik where we stayed for the first few nights.
From Reykjavik we went on a scuba diving adventure in the Silfra Fissure, undertook an amazing photo tour to Landmannalaugar in Iceland’s highlands, and did a self-drive tour of the Golden Circle, as well as exploring the city of Reykjavik.
We then set out to drive around the 1,332km of the Ring Road, with side advemtures to the Snæfellsnes Peninsula with the iconic Kirkjufell on the west coast, and Seyðisfjörður on the east coast. We visited Akureyri in the north, and Hofn and Vik in the south.
Our visit in September was timed for the shoulder season—it was not the high season of Summer with the midnight sun, nor was it the icy winter. Weather was variable, with sunny, warm-ish days, and bitingly cold and very wet days.
Reliving the Adventure
We’re home in Australia now, and this series of posts and the images are a chance for us to relive the amazing experiences. We hope you enjoy sharing our experiences.