We stepped out of the cossetted confines of the highly stylised, angular airport, and were confronted by punishing ice-strewn winds. Huddling behind our luggage carts, we fumbled for all of the warm things as the fearsome winds ram-raided our winter layers. Where the hell was the shuttle bus?! In those few hour-long minutes we were under no illusion that our Icelandic adventure had begun.
At the Enterprise offices (car rental, not Starship) there were a series of humourless cautionary weather-related advisories, many of which referred to the exact roads we would be heading along in the coming hours. There was mention of 50-60mph winds, drifting snow and torrential rain, although perhaps more worrying was the prospect of being outside with our precious cameras while attempting to remain upright. Mind you, our first priority was to safely negotiate the six-hour drive to Höfn, and this ended up being the biggest challenge of the entire trip. During the next nine hours, we ran the entire gamut of weather challenges (with the notable exception of bright sunlight and light breezes), including attempting to refuel the four-by-four in hurricane-force winds whilst being pebble-dashed with violent sleet. As I sat in the car (smelling like a wet dog) for the next few hours my thoughts turned 180 degrees away from photography and focused on survival.
This is a country that demands your attention.
Over the coming weeks, I will be publishing a series of in-depth articles that I hope you’ll find interesting, informative and occasionally humorous. I will be sharing my experiences as a photographer on my first trip to Iceland. I’ll be giving you tips, tricks, insights and details covering everything from how to plan & budget on an overseas trip to what to wear and how to avoid becoming killed out in the field. I'll be sharing everything I learnt about each specific location, from where to park and what to bring with you to which lenses to consider shooting with to get the best results. I'll also be sharing the photographs I took during this 6-day whirlwind trip.
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