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After getting married in 2013, we decided that Iceland would be our honeymoon destination. A few delays for the weddings of our great friends later, we were finally able to lock down two weeks in May and June of this year. A five hour direct flight from Toronto to Reykjavik, including two checked bags each, we packed up our camping gear, booked a rental car, obsessed over the route plan, and locked down an incredible journey that would take us around the country.

What’s it like this time of year?

The most frequent question I’ve been asked since returning. Iceland certainly has some wild weather patterns and diverse landscapes. Raining for a whole minute minute, in a thick fog an hour later, snowy mountain passes, intense wind. The temperatures remained below 15 degrees in the day and above 5 degrees at night. In 14 days, 10 of which were spent in a tent, we were only rained on for about an hour. Much of the trip was overcast, but we did manage some sweet tans on the handful of bluebird days and a bit of nice evening light. Speaking of which, May to June are some of the longest days in Iceland, with the sun setting close to 11:30pm, and rising around 3am. It was strange to be sleeping in a tent and going to bed while it was still light out. I don’t think we ever fully adjusted to that.

#NotAPhotoTrip

The great struggle! This was to be our honeymoon after all. But I’m a photographer, and Iceland is a photographer’s paradise. It’s always a fine line to balance a vacation with the desire to get out an make great images in an incredible place. When it’s family first, you have to deal with the cards you’re dealt. You can’t hang out at a waterfall for an hour waiting on clouds to move, or be up at 2am when the sunrise and sunset might be firing, because you’ve got 300km of driving and 5 hours of hiking to do the following day, during normal people hours. So, you accept your cards and make the best images you can with the light you’ve got. Fortunately my wife enjoys the outdoors as much as I do and she’s willing to give me a few minutes to get a shot. I work better under pressure, bring on wedding season.

Fun Facts

  • Iceland has one main highway. Highway 1. Also known as the Ring Road. It’s 1,332 kilometers in length. We put 3,356 km on our rental car.
  • I shot 3,081 photos on this not a photo trip. To be fair, Britt logged 1,041 on her iPhone.
  • Hakarl (fermented shark meat) tastes like bleach. I was not impressed.
  • There are campsites all over Iceland and I would highly recommend camping.
  • There are suicide sheep (the local term) all over the country. Sheep outnumber humans 4:1. They love to run in front of your car.
  • Speaking of cars, the speed limit never goes above 90 km/h and you must always drive with your headlights on. I finally remembered to do it on Day 12.
  • ‘Hot pots’ are little geo-thermal swimming holes, like hot tubs, scattered across the country. Combine with a cold Einstök (Icelandic Micro-Brewery) for maximum enjoyment.
  • I lost count of how many waterfalls we went to.

Enjoy this photo epic from Week 1 of the trip. Week 2 coming up next week.

Hiking in HveragerðiThe Trail Head of the Hike to HveragerðiThe Geothermal Steam - HveragerðiThe Hot River at HveragerðiHveragerði

Seljalandsfoss

Seljalandsfoss Waterfall Iceland

Gljúfrafoss

Gljúfrafoss Hidden Waterfall Near Seljalandsfoss

Skógafoss

SkógafossSkógafoss Waterfall Iceland

Dyrhólaey & Vik

Dyrhólaey ArchThe Church at VikBlack sand beach Vik Iceland

Fjaðrárgljúfur Canyon

Fjaðrárgljúfur Canyon GorgeTent Camping in FjaðrárgljúfurThe River Fjaðrá at Fjaðrárgljúfur

Skaftafell Glacier Hike

Skaftafell Glacier HikeSkaftafell Glacier HikeSkaftafell Glacier Hike SéracsAlpine Lake Skaftafell Glacier Hike

Svartifoss

Svartifoss Waterfall Iceland

Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon

Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon IcelandMidnight at Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon Iceland

East Fjords and Folaldafoss

Ring Road in the East Fjords

Folaldafoss on Road 939 in the East Fjords IcelandFolaldafoss East Fjords Waterfall Iceland

Mjóafjarðarheiði

The Road into Mjóafjarðarheiði

Hólmanes Peninsula

Hiking the Hólmanes PeninsulaThe Mountain Hut to Seyðisfjörður

Gufufoss

Gufufoss on the Road to Seyðisfjörður

Hengifoss

Hengifoss Waterfall Iceland

Selfoss and Dettifoss

Selfoss Waterfall IcelandDettifoss Waterfall Iceland

Myvatn Nature Baths

Myvatn Nature Baths

Hverarönd

HveraröndHverarönd

Vindbelgur

Vindbelgur

The Cathedral at Dimmuborgir

The Cathedral at Dimmuborgir

Myvatn

The River in MyvatnA Guesthouse in MyvatnMyvatnRow Boat MyvatnMidnight Sunset Myvatn

Húsavík Whale Watching on the Opal with North Sailing

Húsavík Whale Watching on the Opal with North SailingWhale Watching in Húsavík

Godafoss

Godafoss Iceland

Akrahreppur

Abandoned House in Akrahreppur

Comments

Thanks Christina! Definitely a spot to put on your travel list 🙂 Hope everything is well with you guys. -Mike

Christina Brennan

My dad sent these over to me – the variety of scenery is unreal! Getting travel envy over here! Amazing photos.

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