Iceland (Part 1)

Ever since I decided that becoming a landscape photographer was a fantastic idea, there have been a few places on the top of the list to visit. I am spoiled living in Colorado, with such easy access to the mountains here as well as to places like Utah, Arizona, New Mexico, Wyoming (I can keep going if you want) but the international destinations are even more exciting. The travel list is equally long and it contains places like Africa (what photographer doesn't want to go to Africa), Patagonia, Alaska and of course Iceland. So sometime around November I decided to book a trip, to Iceland, in March. The first thought that might come to mind is "isn't it still winter in March?" or "why would someone volunteer to go to ICEland in the winter?" Now there are a couple of things you need to know. First, as the Mighty Ducks taught us "Greenland is covered in ice and Iceland is very nice." Second, the Gulf Stream brings a lot of warm water and air up the east coast of North America over across the north Atlantic right to Iceland. This means that the weather there is simultaneously quite moderate for its latitude as well as WET. Enough of the geography lessons, let's get to the trip.

As always, I was traveling with my girlfriend (Tali) so when I say "we," she is the "we." We flew in the Reykjavik and spent a day there before getting started on our journey. I took a bunch of photos in town but I will get to those in a later post. Our chosen method of transportation was a camper van courtesy of Kuku Campers. After doing my research I decided that the best way to see the country was to drive Route 1, better known as the Ring Road. It gets its name from the fact that it makes a nice neat ring around the country. It is also very well maintained all year so the driving conditions aren't too bad. This was a fantastic choice by the way. Getting out of Reykjavik is a must, and if you are going to drive why not just camp too? Big shout out to the folks at Kuku they really helped make the trip amazing. This multi-part series will follow our trip around the country on said Ring Road. So, we picked up our van and sped off out of town for our first destination, the Golden Circle.

Now, I might make some people upset by saying this, but I wasn't terribly impressed with the Golden Circle. Don't get me wrong, it has everything you could want, lakes, mountains, waterfalls, geysers, pretty much everything there is to offer in Iceland all within an hour or so of the Reykjavik. If you are making the trip or if you are just stopping over in Reykjavik, by all means this is something you should do. I guess all I'm saying is this country is spectacularly beautiful and I was spoiled by the rest of it. I'm just rambling but I have one more thing to say before we get to the photos. I learned to shoot using black and white film, I love black and whites and Iceland in winter was made to be photographed in black and white. You've been warned. Now, let's get to some photos!

Church in the snow, Iceland. Golden Circle

I liked to refer to this day as the day of white. Lots of the white stuff. Turns out it wasn't just today.

Golden Circle, Iceland

Golden Circle Minimalist, Iceland

Kerið crater, Golden Circle, Iceland. Kerid

This is actually a volcanic crater. You can tell because of all the snow. Also, if you look closely at the for rim you can actually see two people standing there. Perspective!

Moss and snow, Iceland

Color! Also, a little green peeking through the white.

Geysir, Iceland

Steam rising off of hot springs near...

Geysir, Iceland