Iceland is an amazing country.
Despite having below average weather for most of our 8 days of exploring the south and south-west of the island, we couldn't help but fall in love with this raw, beautiful and quirky place.
There will be more images and stories over the coming weeks, but for now I'd like to share my absolute favourite shots from Iceland. I'm not sure they are hard and fast favourites, because every time I look through these photos I discover something new which sparks a memory… but for now these photos make me happy :)
A gorgeous little arctic fox pup, glancing over to see what his playmates are up to.
The glacier graced with these sunbeams is none other than the famous Eyjafjallajökull - notorious for being unpronounceable to the uninitiated, and occasionally doubling as a volcano which erupts mightily and halts air travel worldwide...
We stumbled upon this paradise almost by accident, and it turned out to be our favourite place in Iceland! Gjaín required a drive along a 4WD only road (which we managed fine in our Toyota Yaris) and then a further hike into this blissful valley of waterfalls, pools, streams and awesome rock formations. Drinking water straight from the stream was incredibly revitalising!
A typical Icelandic horse - placid, inquisitive and very sturdy! Funnily enough, one of the things we wanted to see most before we arrived… there were no shortage of horses in variations of this windswept pose...
The black pebble beach of Reynisfjara near Vik, huddled under the basalt columned cliffs, provided a fantastic vantage point for the distinctive sea spires - Reynisdrangar. Incidentally a great place for seeing puffins too.
You can't visit Iceland without seeing a glacier - they're almost a commonplace as the waterfalls! Often the glaciers terminate in a peaceful lagoon filled with hundreds of icebergs in a vast array of shapes, colours and textures. This constantly changing landscape is a photographer's heaven!
This is just a random stone hut ruin we found on the side of the road, but I love the backdrop of the escarpment with the looming clouds. Atmospheric scenes like this are everywhere in Iceland, and you never get used to it!
Another famous iceberg lagoon, Jökulsárlón. I swear, half the fun of travelling through Iceland is trying to pronounce the names of places! I think the best unpronounceable place name I came across was 'Fjaðrárgljúfur'. Have fun getting that one right :)
Stay tuned for more images coming soon!