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Iceland!

[Preface:  Iceland was a complete surprise.  It wasn't originally on the agenda for this trip - but at the suggestion our friend Ryan, we decided to include it.  I can't tell you how glad I was that we did.]

Iceland is one of the most beautiful, scenic, and culturally rich places I’ve ventured to date.  This trip introduced us to some pretty amazing scenery, and by the end of the 4 days we spent there – we were already conjuring up plans on how much it would cost to buy land in the country.

To give you a little background knowledge on Iceland, it’s part of the Scandinavian countries on the Northwestern end of Europe.  This group of countries I have particularly found to be proud of their heritage, and boast of their vast intelligence, often claiming they’re the smartest people in the world.  Being half-danish, I don’t have much of an issue with them saying so.  In fact, we learned that Iceland is being used as a standard for current research relating to genetic dispositions – the reason being that their population is the most pure in terms of racial homogeneity.  (Basically no one comes to their country and contributes to their gene pool – there are 300k on the entire island.)

The cultural folk-lore includes stories of elves and trolls, and the viking personalities showed evident in the people we had met as well.  If you go to Iceland, I strongly suggest booking a tour with Icelandic Excursions to hear the stories in full detail.

Let’s get on with the story of the trip, shall we?

Meet the players (clockwise) – Yours truly, Ryan, Sully, and Jason.  Sully was a recent addition to our traveling wolf-pack, and ended up being an awesome guy to have along for the trip.

 

The first morning we got into town – exploring around a bit.

 

 

These are my all-around shoes.  The guys made fun of me joking I was going to freeze my toes off, but ended up in a pretty funny situation you will see later on in this post!

 

 

Amazing sight.  Doesn’t compare to any ocean/sea I’ve come across before.

 

 

Made our way to the blue lagoon to do some swimming.  This is a must-add to your bucketlist.  The experience is like a dream, and it’s like a really cool hot tub during winter.

 


 

DAY 2

We set out with our Jeep we had rented to do some exploring around the island, and found some really cool places!

 

 

“Pay the toll!”

 

 

Talk about a “brisk” walk.

 

At first we thought we would be driving around in a white blizzard all day…

 

 

But then out of nowhere, this crazy sunrise appeared.  The light cast from the angle of the sun is un-paralleled.  Never seen anything quite like it.

 

 

Love the symbolism in this photo.

 

 

Got bit in the ass by a horse.

 

 

And Jason decided to hop on & ride one.  Funniest thing I’ve seen in my life.  I’m still laughing a week later.

 

 

It was pretty tricky getting behind the waterfall (see photo above) but you know me – always going for the REAL scenery.

 

 

We headed out at night & found ourselves frustrated not being able to catch a good sight of the northern lights.  We found out later that someone had taken an amazing photo only 20 minutes away from our hotel.  The weather is so unpredictable, it can literally change from blue skies to blizzard in a matter of minutes.

 

 

Lucked out with a couple shots, but weren’t really satisfied with the experience.  Just a brief glimpse, and then it was gone.

 

 

DAY 3

TOUR!  We went out on an Icelandic Adventures tour to see some of the more notable spots in the country.

 

 

It was blizzarding, but that wont stop us from getting some killer photos.

 

 

It actually started blizzarding REALLY HARD, and with some 50 mph winds, one of the tour vehicles got stuck.  We hopped out and dug out the snow from under the wheels, helped the rescue teams, and pushed the trucks to give it an extra boost on it’s way out.  The wind was blowing the snow so hard it felt like sand paper smacking against your face.

 

 

DAY 4

Unexpected tour!  Our original tour for this day was cancelled due to the storms from the previous night, so the company offered us a “SuperJeep” tour that would take us wherever we wanted.

 

 

Remember how I told you about my shoes earlier?  Well, since the tour was switched, we didn’t get to stop back at the company’s headquarters so I could exchange my glacier boots back from the day prior.  I ended up wearing them the rest of my trip, and am still wearing them in Denmark.  Was an interesting experience wearing them out to the clubs in Stockholm by the way!

 


 

LOVE this shot!  While I originally was thinking of editing out the reflection, I came to really appreciate the way this photo shows what we were viewing while driving along the Icelandic countryside.  Here’s Sully getting a view of one of the long rivers that runs along the middle of the highlands.

 

 

We decided on a certain spot to go that night after seeing how clear it was earlier in the day.  Lucked out and got some cool shots of the northern lights featuring some of those Icelandic snow horses you saw earlier.

 

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Hafdís Thóra Árnadóttir - Thanks Tim! Beautiful!October 14, 2012 – 4:29 pm

Katie Botkin - This sure makes me want to explore Iceland. I will take full advantage of my upcoming layover.April 4, 2012 – 12:30 pm

Ashley Bee - Wowsers, you really captured it well! I had the privilege of spending a week in Iceland but during the summer. It’s really a magical land in either season! But more tolerable than the freezing months for this California girl! haha One day I will definitely go back!February 16, 2012 – 2:57 am

Brittany - Wow, these photographs are beautiful! I’m pretty jealous of your experience…the lights and the ice hotel are both on my bucket list! A question though, how was it inside the hotel…super cold?February 14, 2012 – 9:46 am

Tim - @Klaus, thanks man! Yeah it was a crazy place, that’s for sure.

@Meghan, I used a 24mm 1.4 mk ii lens with the Canon 5D mk ii, and the settings were anywhere from 1.4-2.0 aperture, .5-10 second shutter speeds, and all at 2000 ISO. Hope this helps!February 14, 2012 – 9:28 am

Dwayne Comstock - I was lucky enough to be stationed in Iceland for two years while I was in the Navy. I will always cherish the time that I spent there. It truly is a beautiful country.February 14, 2012 – 5:39 am

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Natalia - I will add Iceland to my Bucket List! :)February 8, 2012 – 11:59 pm

kent pingrey - Amazing photos and journey.February 2, 2012 – 3:33 pm

Sandy Mulch - AMAZING photographs! It’s been a dream of mine to travel to Iceland to see the Northern Lights. I’ve read that when you are there, you are so close to the Lights that you can hear the crackle of electricity…is that true?February 2, 2012 – 6:22 am

Andrea Moorcroft - W0w! Was reading your post on what you had learnt over the last 4 years, and then I found this post on Iceland and the photos are so great. The colours are rich and it feels like you have let us join you on the trip and also have those experiences! The last photos are amazing!! Thanks for making me feel inspired again.February 2, 2012 – 5:31 am

Shari Barnes - Another once in a lifetime trip! Totally jealous! Love the images Tim!!February 1, 2012 – 10:30 pm

sylva - .beautiful + stunning!
[where and when you.ve planned the trip to denmark? passing anywhere through copenhagen.s area?]
p.s. good thing you still have the boots!.February 1, 2012 – 2:59 pm

Dan - These photos are awesome! Extremely jealous of all the places you get to travel!February 1, 2012 – 2:42 pm

Justin Douglas - This is a sick post!! As usual! Love the images and story brohamFebruary 1, 2012 – 10:58 am

Josh Mitchell - These are all totally awesome!February 1, 2012 – 10:48 am

Shannon - Amazing amazing amazing!!February 1, 2012 – 10:15 am

Denise DeCarbo - Truly amazing pics!! Brady Puryear, a photog friend, posted a link to your blog on FB and as I was looking through pics i saw Jason. I just took a lighting class from him @ his studio a few weeks ago. Small world! Again these images are incredible!!February 1, 2012 – 9:19 am

Lisa - This is so amazing, and incredibly beautiful. I’m glad you captured it here and posted it for the rest of us. Stay Warm!January 31, 2012 – 9:23 pm

Ariel - Tim, this is an insane set of images! Wow! What an incredible trip!January 31, 2012 – 8:35 pm

Christy - Wow! Awesome photos!! I love your use of negative space on all the landscape photos. Beautiful work. I’ll be putting this out on Pinterest. ;-)January 31, 2012 – 8:06 pm

Ellie - Wow Tim, you weren’t kidding!! Definately something to add to my bucket list!! Those northern nights are incredible :DJanuary 31, 2012 – 7:31 pm

John Payne - Oh, wow! That’s absolutely incredible, man. Looks like an amazing trip!! Can’t wait to hear more about it.January 31, 2012 – 6:57 pm

Stephen Knuth - Wow!!! Wow!!! Wow!!! Wow!!! Wow!!! Im freaking out over here!!!!! Amazing!!!!!!!!January 31, 2012 – 4:44 pm

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