This blog is some 6 months late, but better late than never I suppose...
Back in March I embarked on the adventure of a lifetime with my other half. 2 weeks in a van, travelling around Iceland.
The first thing we decided when planning this adventure, is that we wanted to do the trip in a camper van - this way we could go wherever we wanted, whenever we wanted, and we didn't have to tailor our trip to where the next hotel would be.
We ended up going with Happy Campers (our little van can be seen in the photo above), who seemed to offer the best value for money for a home on wheels. While it was a tight squeeze, I fell in love with this little thing - so much so, that I intend on getting a van when my car eventually dies (which i secretly hope is soon).
The next decision to be made was to choose a time of year to visit. This too was an easy decision; we decided to go in Winter so that we could see the Northern Lights - something that has been on my bucket list for a long time, and we gave ourselves 2 weeks in the country to increase the chances of doing so.
We ended up choosing March as we would get more daylight to explore the island, and we hoped we'd get better weather at the end of the Northern Lights season (although I don't think you're immune to any weather in Iceland, regardless of when you're there).
Since Iceland is a photographer’s dream, I made sure I was prepared for the trip. I scoured the internet for cool locations to visit, creating a very badly drawn map of the country to help us find our way to each, and I packed my Fujifilm XT2 and a bunch of lenses (10-24mm, 16-55mm, 23mm and the 55-200mm) in the hope of putting my own perspective on something that is photographed by hundreds of people on a daily basis.
Armed with my camera, and an ipad full of tunes - we hopped on a plane, and then we hit the open road. We ended up doing the ring road anti-clockwise, meaning we hit the majority of locations on the hit list in the first week. Here are a few highlights from the week in the south -
The further we drove from Reykjavik, the worse the weather got, and the less other people we saw. By the time we hit the East coast we were in the midst of a snow storm, and it pretty much snowed for the next 5 days - which slowed us down a fair bit, and stopped us going to a few places we had intended on visiting.
However most concerning for me was the fact we still had not seen even a glimmer of the northern lights... Luckily that all changed a few days later.
So here are some photos from the north of Iceland; including the natural phenomena which drew me to the country in the first place -
So there it is. 2000km of roads, and some of the most beautiful locations in the world.
Although 14 days was plenty of time to do the ring road, there are still plenty of other places that we ended up missing out on because of weather, and a lack of 4x4. So I guess I'll just have to go back again...