As I was standing near the exit of Keflavik airport, it looked sunny outside those sliding glass doors. Just 10 feet away from my dream destination, I still couldn’t believe I made it till here. That feeling of finally reaching the destination will always be special for me. And it felt so special because of all those challenges and difficulties I had to face while planning this trip.
Some of those moments captured through my Iceland travel photos:
All geared up
Sea tour at Stykkishólmur: This is one of the must-do things in Iceland. This 2.5 hour boat trip takes you around the Breiðafjörður islands (Breiðafjörður – broad fjords. Fjords – A long, narrow, deep inlet of the sea between high cliffs, as in Norway and Iceland, typically formed by submergence of a glaciated valley). Each island has a history, which is well described by the guide on the boat. For 2.5 hours, we were surrounded by stunning landscapes, seas shimmering from the clear blue skies above, the beautiful puffins, the noisy Arctic terns and the witty narration of the Captain. At the end, there’s a feast of shellfish and some creatures, which were still moving and very tasty.
Vatnsnes Peninsula: On the way to Blonduos, we circled around the Vatnsnes peninsula. The amazing rock formation at Hvítserkur cannot be missed. It’s simply stunning. It looks like a dinosaur drinking from the sea. And if you are lucky enough, there might be some seals resting on the shore.
2ndnight halt at Blönduós – Representing India: This camping site was just besides a small lake. The sight was just so beautiful that we didn’t feel like returning to our tents. And how could we – it was midnight and the sun hadn’t set yet!!! The next morning, the owner engaged us in an interesting activity. He had this hobby of collecting hand imprints from different countries. Luckily, India and Poland were missing from his collection. First traveller from India…ahh…that was a proud feeling.
Witek goofing around
Myvatn – The Land of Fire and Ice: Now, this is the jewel of Iceland. One full day here is a must. This is where Iceland shows you why it is called the ‘Land of Fire and Ice’. It is really amazing to see these contrasting elements exist together. Volcanic mountains on one side…snow-capped mountains on the other. Lava fields and frozen lakes. Sulphur fumes coming from the boiling mud pools and just a couple of kilometres away it’s snowing. And all these places are in close proximity.
Mt. Krafla – My Favourite Place in Iceland: The parking spot is surrounded by boulders of snow. The ice here has a blue colour to it. As you start ascending a little further, you can see the crater with a frozen lake inside. It felt like the entire landscape was painted in only 2 colours – blue skies, white snow, blue ice, white clouds, blue frozen lake. Truly a magical place.
Myvatn to Dettifoss– The Road to Heaven: The road from Myvatn to Dettifoss is amazingly picturesque. Snow on both sides of the empty roads. The scenery was so breathtaking that we had to stop many times for pictures
Beautiful landscapes around Egilsstaðir
Reindeer, the only wildlife we saw in Iceland
Along the eastern coast of Iceland near Djúpivogur
Jökulsárlón Glaciers – A Photographer’s Paradise: The most awaited destination on the itinerary. I call this place as the cover photo of Iceland. It was very windy when we reached there. Had a hard time holding the camera still but worth all the trouble. This place is indeed a photographer’s paradise.
Fun fact – Die Another Day and Batman Begins were shot here.
Our camping site was besides this enchanting waterfall. Read more about it in Accommodation in Iceland
Some curious onlookers
Vik beach: The rainiest part of Iceland. And not surprisingly, it was raining when we reached the Vik beach. And it was here I got my almost perfect shot of Puffin (the most popular bird in Iceland) after staring at it’s ass for ten minutes in the rain. The Vik beach is listed as one of the ten most beautiful beaches of world. And it is indeed quite beautiful in it’s own unique way. Vast stretches of black sand/pebbles with hardly any soul around. Your own private beach!!!
Pebble beach sand at Vik
At Thingvellir National Park
Icelandic Phallological museum: You have to definitely see this. It’s hilarious and very creative. Never seen anything like this anywhere. 1000 ISK well spent.
Sun Voyager waterfront, Reykjavik
Was so tempted to go inside and ask how to immigrate
It was difficult to bid goodbye to this magical place and all I kept thinking was different ways to immigrate here. Iceland is way more beautiful than these pictures. I hope this place retains it beauty for the years to come and is not ruined by excessive tourism. Iceland makes you feel royal. The empty streets, the deserted look of the airports, the lonely vast beaches – gives you a feeling that you are only person on this planet, which makes you value yourself more. People often ask me how much did the trip cost…and I just feel like saying…14 memorable days of my life.