Exploring Iceland | Snæfellsnes to Jökulsarlón
I came to Iceland to shoot a wedding and stuck around for a week of exhilarating adventure. Believe the hype–Iceland is amazing.
There is so much I could say about this trip, but I’m going to keep it brief: unforgettable times with incredible people in the wildest, rawest land I’ve experienced. Iceland is a geological baby and I felt like a kid in a candy store snapping photos like a bandit.
Here’s an image from Google Maps that shows most of our points of interest.
Here are the highlights from the trip:
Gerðuberg Cliffs, our first stop. Looked like we had stumbled upon a fortress wall.
Nate, lost at the Gerðuberg Cliffs
Wifey at the Gerðuberg Cliffs
Berserkjahraun, hardened lava flow covered in moss under cloudy skies.
Tiny Andy taking in Berserkjahraun
Our trusty steed, a Toyota Land Cruiser
Kirkjufellsfoss with Kirkufell Mountain in the background
The Crew at Kirkjufellsfoss
Just an Iceland horse looking all badass.
Giant pebbles at Djupalonssandur. Trying their best to join the Iceland rowing team. Gotta be able to lift at least the next to the largest rock to qualify. We did not qualify. Haha.
Pebbles at Djupalonssandur
Cairns on Djúpalónssandur Black Sand Beach
Wreckage on Djúpalónssandur that washed up in 1948.
We didn’t see too many wildflowers while we were there but discovered these at Djúpalónssandur.
The local folks love their legends, including giants. The wifey and were on the lookout all trip, especially when we could find a nice hiding place 😉
Hey, it’s me and a hole in a rock.
Kim on the cliffs of Londrangar
Londrangar Basalt Cliffs
The Golden Circle
We only spent one day exploring the Golden Circle. We easily could have spent three and not gotten bored in the slightest.
Faxi, I called her the Faxi lady. A less popular waterfall in the Golden Circle but remarkable all the same.
Gullfoss. This one was too touristy for our tastes, but the appeal is obvious. This sucker is massive.
Bruarfoss. Took a solid 45 mins to hike in through mud and totally worth it. The blue water was screaming beauty at us. We were told the blue is caused by glacial silt suspended in the water.
A lower view of Bruarfoss
Midfoss. Half way to Bruarfoss you’ll find this sexy gal. One of my favorite falls on the entire trip. So many great angles to capture.
A lower angle of Midfoss
What do you do when a horse is running strrraaight at you? Take a photo, jump out of the way, and pee a little? Asking for a friend.
Puddle jumpin’. And yes, I barely made it. Toes on dry land, heels in the water but nothing in my boots. Huzzah!
Southern Iceland, Near Vik
These horses don’t have too bad of a view, eh?
It was incredibly windy this day. So windy, in fact, the water from these falls couldn’t reach the ground.
Drangurinn Rock – a mysterious boulder where elves supposedly dwelt.
Me + Wifey at Skogafoss
The view from above Skogafoss
The homie, Nate, walking on the path beyond Skogafoss
One of the incredible views at Skogafoss
Aliens abducted Andy
The desolate walk out to US Navy DC-3 Wreckage
Hey, it’s Nate again. Walking like he owns the place.
US Navy DC-3 Wreckage
Yours truly on US Navy DC-3
Not sure Andy and I make the best pilots. But we felt fly.
Matt walking like the killer from I know what you did last summer at Solheimajokull Glacier.
Seljalandsfoss with a little rainbow action.
Just a little cave alongside the road. All sorts of ghost tales at this one. It used to be a safe place for sheep during bad weather.
The views from Dyrholaey are supposed to be incredible. As you can tell, we didn’t have great luck seeing anything.
Reynisdrangar. It really is incredible, but hard to capture in the day without getting tons of people in your shot.
So many neat formations at Reynisdrangar. This one, I thought, was particularly wicked.
Kim posing in front of the rock giants at Reynisdrangar
And then she got scared and hid. Keeeeyuuute!
And then she found a dead fish.
Here’s another attempt at capturing Reynisdrangar. I’m not super satisfied with it but you can see the scale of these columns thanks to those tourists.
Another view of Reynisdrangar
Can you tell I like Cairns? The little red pebble is a fun touch.
Southeastern Iceland, Near Hof
The hike to Svartifoss
Drone shot looking up Fjaðrárgljúfur. One of the most beautiful canyons I’ve ever seen.
The view from Fjaðrárgljúfur towards the coast.
New friends we made at Fjaðrárgljúfur.
Kiss and tail. These little cuties were outside our AirBnB at Arnardrangur
I think they spotted me… Can’t tell for sure.
An Iceland sunset
We paid for a crampon hiking tour at Svinafellsjokull Glacier. Totally worth it.
Kim looking cute as cuss on Svinafellsjokull Glacier.
The brothers Didway on Svinafellsjokull Glacier.
Nate drinking from the pure water of Svinafellsjokull.
The view out of a cave at Svinafellsjokull
Me trying to act cool repelling… down the ice or repelling women? You decide.
Chunks of glacier washed up on the black sand beach at Jokulsárlón.
A close up of the glacier chuncks looking like diamonds. So rad.
Sorry, Kim. These diamonds aren’t forever.
The crew saying, “So long!”
Planet earth is amazing! And Iceland is a gem. I’m so grateful to have visited.