Iceland to me is the gift that just keeps giving. Every year I fall in love with the country even more.
First I’ve got to say a big thank you to North Bound for hooking us up with the rental car for this year – impeccable service and I’ll definitely be using them again!
This year marks my 2nd trip to Iceland and it certainly won’t be my last. The diversity in the landscapes, the hundreds if not thousands of waterfalls dotted all around the country, the mountains, the people, the arctic truck inspired 4×4’s – I just love everything it has to offer and each time I visit it always looks so different.
This years trip was at the end of September and the only reason I picked end of September was because I was able to get very cheap flights for both me and Georgie, £160 return, and it couldn’t have fell at a better time. We landed during the peak of Autumn or what’s known locally to the Icelanders as the 4 colors. Reds, greens, yellows and oranges. The colors where absolutely beautiful and nothing like I’ve ever seen before.
Our plan for this was year was to do an itinerary that I’ve created for use on my first international photo tour which will be to Iceland in 2017 – be sure to signup to my newsletter by clicking here to be the first to hear of it and also to offered an early bird discount.
Most of the trip was spent along the Ring Road with the odd day venturing off it to a few other locations. In the end we did the Ring Road clockwise starting off by doing the Golden Circle then over on to the Snaefellsnes Peninsula from their we would head east towards Stykkishólmur where they filmed a scene for The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, an EPIC movie I must add. From there we would continue onto Akureyri, Myvatn, Egilsstaðir, Seydisfjordur, Höfn, Vik, Skaftafell National Park and along the usual and some unusual stops along the south coast and back towards Reykjavik.
For the 2nd year in a row we got pretty lucky with the weather. Although it wasn’t wall to wall sunshine for the entire trip, the majority of the time it was at least dry apart from the very first night on the Snaefellsnes Peninsula where we encountered torrential rain and gale force winds for about 12 hours and when we went to Vestrahorn we had sideways rain and more gale force winds, but apart from that we got pretty much decent weather.
After a week of having pretty much cloudy skies at night time our last night came upon us. We where due to fly home on Wednesday morning so we had to be in the airport for around 9am. We drove to Reykjavik on Tuesday afternoon and had planned to spend the last few hours touring around the beautiful city. As I’m an avid chaser of the northern lights I had been checking data over on spaceweather etc and noticed that the Northern Lights where going to put on a fantastic display – a really powerful one!
I wanted to be in a great location and as our first day on the Snaefellsnes Peninsula was met with the torrential rain and gale force winds we (I – Georgie didn’t have much choice) decided to head back there. After checking the weather forecast it showed as being completely clear all night so that was decided and we started to making the 500km round trip back to Kirkjufell on the Snaefellsnes Peninsula.
After darkness the sky was just green, north, south, east and west, for over 6 or 7 hours I took pictures, I filled 6 memory cards with timelapse footage and had to start backing up photos onto my laptop so I had enough space to take pictures.
After 6 or 7 hours of chasing the Northern Lights I had to call it quits and make the long and tiring drive back to Reykjavik to get ready to drop off my rental car and also get my flight back to Ireland.
Anyway, I’m not much of a writer (something I want to improve) therefore I’m going to let my photos do the rest of the talking.
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