Everything You've Heard About Iceland Is True

Everything You've Heard About Iceland Is True

This past summer I spent 11 days in Iceland, which seems to be one of the most popular tourist places now. Every day I see articles and pictures talking about how amazing Iceland is, and I can now say, yes, it is. Here are some pictures I took during the trip. I don’t really do much landscape photography, so I thought that rather than show the popular tourist locations, I would show some random places from around Iceland. If you google image search Iceland, you can find lots of awesome pictures of the main attractions!

Reykjavík

Two of the main sites in Reykjavík are the Hallgrímskirkja church and the Harpa Concert Hall. You should definitely visit both places during your stay.

View of wall looking up inside Hallgrímskirkja

There is an optional elevator ride up to the clock tower, I recommend you check it out.

Inside the clock tower of Hallgrímskirkja

View of Reykjavík from the clock tower of Hallgrímskirkja

Harpa looks cool from the outside, but it’s even better on the inside. So many great angles to shoot from, so much patterned glass everywhere.

View of Harpa from the inside

A person sitting in a sofa at Harpa

Waterfalls

There are so many waterfalls around Iceland, large ones, small ones, popular ones, not so popular ones. Some are pretty much right at the side of the road, and some you need to hike for 45 minutes to get to.

A boy standing behind the Seljalandsfoss waterfall

A small set of waterfalls

Small waterfalls

A small waterfall

Woman taking a picture in front of a small at waterfall

Glaciers and Icebergs

View of a large glacier in Skaftafell

Woman taking a picture at Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon

View of glaciers at Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon

Not Really Street Photography

I'm much more comfortable doing street photography, but I didn't really get to do much of that in Iceland, not that I'm complaining.

Stairs in a street scene

A scene outside a building

Fishing equipment in a warehouse

Ferry Baldur

Rather than retrace a route we had already driven to get to Latrabjarg in the Westfjords, it was recommended that we take the Ferry Baldur from the Westfjords to the Snæfellsnes peninsula. It was great weather for it, a nice sunny day, and was by far the longest boat ride I’d ever been on!

View looking down on a ferry boat

Iceland flag on back of ferry boat

Wildlife

Can’t drive too far without seeing horses and sheep, they are all over the island! And on the westernmost point of the island, at Latrabjarg, there is one of the largest populations of puffins in the world.

Icelandic sheep

Close up of an icelandic horse

A horse in a landscape

A puffin sitting on a rock

Such Incredible Scenery

Funny how when you first get there, you’re all ‘oh wow look, a waterfall!’, then after several days, you’re almost ‘oh, another waterfall?’. You just end up taking the majestic views for granted.

View of clouds in a blue sky

The weather was very unpredictable, but like they say, if you don't like it, just wait 10 minutes, or drive 10km and it will be totally different.  You just need to be prepared for anything.  It feels like you're on a different planet, and a different one each day.

Geo-thermal landscape

Geo-thermal landscape

A woman jumping in the air at black sand beach in Reynisfjara

Water washing up on a shore

Travelling around Iceland makes you feel like you're alone in the world.

Some cliffs on a beach

Woman sitting on a rock in an icy landscape

It’s like a real-life open world RPG/video game.  You travel around for a long time with nothing in sight, then all of a sudden in the distance you see a little town, and it has an inn, a church, a store, and a restaurant.  Must admit I didn't find a weapons/armor shop though.  You rest up at the inn and plan what to do for the next day.

A windy road in a wide landscape

 

You pretty much have free rein to go wherever you'd like all over the island, if you have a 4x4, which I highly recommend.  Without a 4x4, you aren't allowed to travel off the main ring road, and you'll miss out on so many places.  Every few minutes there is a beaten path, tempting you to turn off and see where it leads.

A couple of houses in a cloudy landscape

 

Relax as well, of course

Try to plan your Blue Lagoon visit for the end of your trip, so you can spend it relaxing in the beautiful hot springs.

View of the Blue Lagoon

View of a wall from blue lagoon

 

I would love to go back again, next time during the winter months, when you can see the Northern Lights, and explore some of the ice caves.

I wish I had written down my thoughts each day while I was there, it was really an amazing experience, it’s difficult to write about it months after having left. But then again there is no way my pictures or words would have done it justice.

Woman standing on rock in water

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Some Distant Memory - Electronic

Some Distant Memory - Electronic

Street Walk - Queen Street East / Leslieville

Street Walk - Queen Street East / Leslieville