Reykjavik, Iceland // September 28 – 30, 2016

Let me preface this with a couple things…

One. I am not a writer/blogger, nor pretend to be. Typically I use this blog to post photos from specific shoots, but this trip to Iceland was something else and I thought it would be fun to write a little bit about our experiences.

Two. No images, no video, no words, can do justice to the beauty of Iceland. It felt like another planet at times.

My wife and I have been trying to travel as much as possible in our first year of marriage. Iceland had been a bucket list place for us – the landscape, Northern Lights, etc. – so when we saw that Wow Air had insanely cheap flights a week after our one year anniversary we pulled the trigger.

Katie did the bulk of the planning and is way better at researching things to do, booking airbnb’s, car rentals, and the list goes on. (Planning on having her write a blog post of her own here so you can hear and see from her point of view.) We read a lot of blogs – iheartreykjavik.net – and countless instagram accounts in our planning and while there.

We stuck to the south portion of the country, staying in 3 different places. Reykjavik, the capital, then Selfoss, South, and Vik, even more South. This blog post will have photos just from our first leg of the trip while we were staying in Reykjavik.

Reykjavik – Leg I

We spent the first couple days without a car walking the town. I’m kind of a nerd when it comes to thing likes culture, and had a lot of fun observing the differences between Icelandic culture and American culture. In America everyone seems to be in a rush and is on the louder side when it comes to talking and interacting with each other. Everyone I encountered in Iceland was very kind, not in a rush, and very soft spoken in comparison at least to Orange County, CA.

On our last day in Reykjavik when we got our rental car, we did a portion of the Golden Circle route checking out the waterfalls and geysers. We also got to see the Northern Lights while in Reykjavik. They were unreal, the Northern Lights have been something I’ve always wanted to see in person since learning what they were. I was hoping to catch them again while staying further out in the country away from lights to get better photos, but the weather and aurora activity only lined up for us while in the city.

The city, the culture, the design of their architecture, the design of their street signs, the magnificent landscape – all provided a very inspiring and much needed creative refresh. Also, lots of animals – cows, horses, sheep, and a cat named Baktus. And of course, lots of delicious coffee. I’m a bit of a coffee snob, and even Icelandic gas station coffee was very tasty.

Enough words, here’s a bunch of photos below from the first few days which I’m calling Leg I. More from Legs II & III to be posted soon-ish.