Iceland left me nearly speechless. I’ve never seen so much beauty in one place in all my life, especially such a diversity of it. Fields of lupines as far as your gaze can carry you, then just further down the road, a glacier peeking around an imposing mountain range. Beaches filled with black sand, a bay filled with icebergs, waterfalls everywhere. Icelandic horses and rams roaming rolling hills, Icelandic sheepdogs herding everything that moves. Miles and miles of stones covered in alien-green moss, going all the way to the horizon. Deserts made of nothing but grey pebbles. The midnight sun letting you know it’s time to go to bed, the only sense of time in this land of endless summer light. It’s other worldly, I kept having to remind myself that I was in a real place that existed here on earth, that I wasn’t just somehow transported to a make-believe world. Looking around at all these incredible things, you can understand why over half the Icelandic population believes in ‘the hidden people’ (their version of elves), and after a while you find it easier to believe, too. How else, why else, could all of this ridiculous beauty occur in one island floating in the northern Atlantic, if not for a little elfish magic?
So, with much excitement, Carey and I are opening registration for our 4-day Iceland food and landscape photography workshop August 12th – 16th, 2016. We’ll be roaming the countryside and taking in the scenic surroundings through our camera lens while making, shooting, and eating delicious food. We’ll soak in beautiful hot springs, feel mist from the waterfalls, and wander with majestic Icelandic horses. The scenery and people of Iceland will amaze and delight you, and we’d love for you to join us on this unforgettable journey. You can find more information and register at the link below, hope to see you soon! UPDATE: This workshop sold out in record time, you can sign up to be emailed when registration opens for future workshops here.
Also, if you’re interested in visiting Iceland and like what you see in the *ton* of photos below (seriously, this is the most photo-heavy blog post I have ever done), I’m listing the names of the places we went below. We stayed mostly in southern Iceland and drove along highway 1 with our rental car, which we promptly stranded on a turn-off in Thingeviller national park on our second day there. Luckily, we flagged down an awesome couple from San Fransisco and they helped me push the tiny car up the gravel incline while Carey gunned it and all was not lost. But long story short, renting a car is a great way to get around Iceland, just make sure to get insurance on it because the turn-offs can be pretty rough going. All in all, we went to Gulfoss, Skogafoss, Sejlandafoss, The Golden Circle, Thingvellir, Vik, Jokulsarlon, Blue Lagoon, and Rekjavik. So, I hope you enjoy the photos of this ridiculously beautiful place, I highly recommend going at least once in your lifetime, and can’t wait to return next summer. I also want to thank Ona Bags for letting me use their amazing Brixton camera bag while wandering the rocky hills of Iceland. It stood up to the rugged landscape and unpredictable weather while still looking lovely. If you’re looking for a solid camera bag, I highly recommend them!