When I tell people that I went to Iceland, they often ask me ‘Really? Why? What is there to see? ICE?’ They would then break into profuse laughter. It seems like many people are simply unaware of the beauty and mystique that Iceland possesses. If you’ve already done the usual European tourist hotspots, I highly recommend considering Iceland for your next holiday. It’s the perfect destination for people looking for the unexpected. Something out of the ordinary.
Seeing Jökulsárlón Lagoon reminded me of a scene from The Mighty Ducks that has always remained etched in my mind, and it goes something like this:
Coach Bombay: I thought Iceland was covered with ice.
María: No, it’s very green!
Coach Bombay: I thought GREENLAND was green!
María: Greenland is covered with ice, and Iceland is very nice!
Moss as far as the eye can see. It’s the first thing you see when you enter this other world. When they say Iceland is like being on another planet, this is what they mean. The sheer expanse of space filled by this soft, almost comforting green lumpy carpet again gives you the sensation that the ground could just swallow you up whole without a whisper.
It takes feeling insignificant to a whole new level.
On our third day in Iceland, we reached a beautiful little town called Vik. With its untouched black sands, blue skies, clear waters, basalt cliffs and undulating landscape, it’s as charming as the puffins that roam about in the evenings. During summer, you will also experience the most surreal (and incredibly long!) sunsets due to the sun never really setting.
This little town is so much more than just a stop over. It is an attraction in itself. It really is a case of the whole being greater than the sum of its parts.
Unlike Gullfoss which looked like it just wanted to gobble me up whole, Skogafoss is beautiful and charming. Yet, it is still one of the biggest waterfalls in Iceland with a drop of 60 metres! This was a tough shoot due to the waterfall constantly producing a romantic yet frustrating mist, causing us to wipe our lens every 5 seconds. We seriously spent about an hour there trying to get some decent shots but it was all worth it!
Life has been so crazy lately that I’ve been MIA here for a while. I will update you guys on what I’ve been up to lately but for now, more photos from Iceland. Dramatic is the only word I can use to describe this piece of wild wild wild land. I’ve seen glaciers and even hiked on one in New Zealand South Island but Iceland is like New Zealand on steroids. It is nothing short of amazing.