*If you are getting married in Iceland and need a photographer please contact me!*
Iceland is by far the coolest place I’ve ever visited, and we barely scratched the surface. From the moment we started to descend into Keflavik my jaw was on the floor. My first thought was that we were going to the moon. This is what the moon must look like! It is otherworldly, that is the only word I can use to describe it. I had prepared myself for what it was going to be like, but it was so far beyond what I was expecting and I can’t even explain how. I almost feel stupid sharing any photographs, because it simply doesn’t do the country justice. I was the most excited about Iceland, yet that is where I took the fewest photographs. Every single time I pulled my camera out to compose something I would just say to myself “this isn’t even going to look as #@$&*#@ cool as it is.” We were there while the sun doesn’t set (the last set of photographs were taken around 4:00 *am*) and now I must get back for the aurora in the winter.
I was surprised how incredibly good the food was, because I had heard before going that it wasn’t the greatest. Everything we ate was absolutely amazing. I didn’t try the shark and Brennivin combo that tourists are supposed to do, but our friend Tom did and he actually said it was delicious! We picnic-style lunched it most of the time so that we could see all we could see without wasting time at restaurants, but the couple of restaurants we went to all seemed to follow the same trend. One place would do arctic char 6 ways, another would do lamb 8 ways, and another lobster 5 ways. Each place didn’t have a variety of options, but whatever their item was that they prepared a million ways was prepared perfectly.
If you are adventurous, I highly recommend not making Reykavik your home base if possible. Reykavik was fun for our last night, which coincided with the weekly Rúntur (yes, everything in that article is true, and we totally partook), but I suggest getting out of the city! We immediately drove east until we hit Jökulsárlón, the glacier lagoon, and about 10 minutes past that to our bed and breakfast. There is one road in Iceland that goes all the way around the island, and everything if sort of off the main road. Of course I had made a Sigur Rós mix for the long drive (about 6 hours) from Reykavik and it was such a good idea! There is a song that is a little on the cheesy side of their work, but every time it would come on at about the 7:40 mark, something insane would be presenting itself before our eyes and tears would just start falling! I kept saying how perfect timing the scenery is with the music we were listening to, but Tom assured me that it wasn’t timing at all and that we were constantly surrounded by this almost completely undisturbed (there are a few bridges) natural beauty. Anyway, the 4 of us totally *get* Sigur Rós now.
The geology is unlike anywhere else and like I said earlier, is otherworldly. Iceland is on a rift between the Eurasian plate and the North American plate above some mantle plume which is why the mid-atlantic ridge is above ground (YOU CAN WALK ON IT! – AND I DID). There seems to be no grass or much growing outside of greenhouses, most greenery you see in these photos is moss. I have no idea why this is but clearly has something to do with the fact that it’s all lava flow. I will stop talking about this now because I am not a geologist, just super interested! One of my favorite things is that they don’t seem to have names for their mountains, but for the glaciers on top of them. Vatnajökull is my favorite because it’s so much fun to say!
tl;dr: Brenivin, great food, desolate, otherworldly, geological insanity, need to go back immediately.