The months of planning and studying images of Iceland finally became a reality as I checked my bags in for the long journey - five hours to Singapore, 12 hours to Helsinki and three hours and 20 minutes to Reykjavik, the capital of Iceland.
As the plane descended into Reykjavik, the view from my window was abysmal. I could barely see the runway. Just what I had read about: be prepared for minimal sun and plenty of rain. I had organized a 4x4 vehicle, which is mandatory if you intend driving off-road and if you want to get to the best sights and capture those stunning images.
The Toyota Rav 4 was perfect, not too big and easy to drive. This was also going to be my accommodation for most of the trip. Because I had arrived during a storm and some unseasonal snow on the mountains in the Westfjords and the North, I stayed at a backpackers' hostel for the first night - very reasonable at $60 a night, compared to the hotel I enquired at, a whopping $590 a night. Iceland can be very pricey, or reasonable if you are prepared to do some research and stay in some out-of-the-way character places, which are far more of an adventure.
I woke early and took off in search of bedding to deck out the back of the Rav 4. I had packed a sheet, pillow case, fleece blanket and a sleeping bag. Items too big to bring, like a mattress, pillow, towel and esky, I managed to get very cheaply from a great store that carried every conceivable item you might need for setting up a home. Last-minute food supplies and I was on my way.
A weather alert had been placed for the North and Westfjords, I headed off into driving rain and strong winds, being very cautious since I was driving on the opposite side of the road (right-hand drive) in Iceland which made things a little bit trickier.
Iceland is full of photographic delights and with this comes many challenges. Educated choices on lens selection, aperture settings, filter or no filter, and composition are variables that rush through your head as you set up to capture that moment in time. I will let each of the images tell their own story and give the relevant metadata.