Since 2009 or so I’ve wanted to go to Iceland, partly because there were insanely cheap Groupon deals at the time, and mostly because it just seems like a whole other world there. In the fall of 2016 cheap tickets came up (via WOW Air) and I decided to stop procrastinating. Matt joined me on this trip, which was a four-ish day out and back; Our intention was to cover lots of ground every day and leave no stone unturned.
The wrench in the plan started to rear it’s ugly face the week leading up to the trip, as the weather forecast was to be overcast and rainy. Early December in Iceland is a crap-shoot with weather, as fall becomes winter in an hour sometimes and temperatures range from mild to sub-freezing with deep snow instantly. We got mild, and wet, the entire trip with a double dose of wind. My expectations were to shoot The Aurora Borealis (Northern Lights) and my anxiety was missing them, read more about it here. Needless to say, it rained the entire trip with excessive winds.
This adventure included stops at the following points of interest; Skogafoss, Seljalandsfoss, Svartifoss, Gullfoss, Háifoss, Jökulsárlón, Reynisfjara black sand beach and random places along Route 1 (the main highway that circles the country) that we’d find on the highway including the Vatnajökull glacier.
Photos captured along the trip do this magical place absolutely zero justice, and bad weather isn’t an excuse for that. Iceland must be visited first hand, and I suggest doing it soon before the daily tourist population outnumbers the 330,000 or so Icelanders.