If there’s one nation that simply provides and offers on the subject of epic landscapes, it’s Iceland. Having picked up images in earnest firstly of the 12 months, our Workers Engineer Matthew was keen to coach his lens on this Nordic gem’s countless magnificence. Ever the adventurer, he selected to bookend his Iceland Northern Lights & Golden Circle tour with a number of days of solo journey by automotive. And since it was exhausting to select simply ten, we’ve bought a dozen scenic wonders to share from his photo-filled journey.
1: Getting steamy on the Blue Lagoon
With a number of days to spare earlier than assembly my group in Reykjavik, I hopped in a rental SUV and headed straight for the geothermal bliss and spa therapies of the Blue Lagoon.
2: Mountain climbing the black lava sand fields of Sólheimasandur
A pair days later I did the 7km round-trip “unchanging view hike” to the DC-3 Airplane Wreck on Sólheimasandur Black Sand Seaside earlier than returning to satisfy my tour group.
3: Capturing my greatest aurora picture in Álftröð
After a day crammed with lava tubes and assembly Icelandic horses, we ventured out for our first (and greatest) aurora viewing alternative. It lasted hours and crossed the entire night time sky.
4: Marvelling at starscapes from our guesthouse
In between getting ready fish stew (or choosing chilly cuts and rye bread as a result of I hate fish), our guesthouse in Álftröð was an ideal base for cold nights taking a look at celestial shows.
5: Straddling two continents at Þingvellir Nationwide Park
Not solely can you place a foot every on the Eurasian and North American continental plates, however you possibly can fake you are in Recreation of Thrones as a bunch of it was shot right here.
6: Heading with my group to Sólheimajökull glacier
We bought up early for a glacier hike which wasn’t as taxing because it sounds. Outfitted in security gear, we discovered all concerning the beautiful blue ice and the way shockingly fast it’s receding.
7: Feeling grateful for the facility of nature
There isn’t any scarcity of waterfalls in Iceland (foss means falls) and so subsequent up was Skógafoss for a short go to after which onto Seljalandsfoss and the hidden cave waterfall close by.
8: Standing again to absorb Seljalandsfoss
Again outdoors, you possibly can admire the 60 m drop of water cascading into a peaceful pool. Surrounded by meadows, it is easy to see why it is one in all Iceland’s most photographed falls.
9: Trying up at Hallgrímskirkja’s symmetry
On the final day of my group tour, we grabbed breakfast and some of us went to go to Reykjavik’s iconic church collectively. We took in its splendour after which mentioned our goodbyes.
10: Watching the sunshine roll over the hills
Again in my automotive, I began the drive to Snæfellsnes peninsula in west Iceland. On the street resulting in Búðakirkja (the black church above) I made many stops for panorama pictures.
11: Dropping a staring contest with windswept sheep
On a sideroad close to my cabin, I used to be captivated by sheep wanting their greatest in thick woollens. Later within the day I confronted a few of the most harrowing and difficult driving within the rain.
12: Respecting the street en path to the Westfjords
The street forward from right here featured wild wind and rain however I made it to the Westfjords at night time. After pizza for dinner, I settled into a bath fed by a scorching spring and watched the sky.
Able to seize your digital camera (even when it’s additionally your cellphone) to chase the Aurora Borealis, stand beneath thunderous falls, and seize awe-inspiring landscapes? We’ve bought a number of excursions the place you possibly can some or all the above relying on the time of 12 months: