Iceland - Always a favorite
BlueHour Photo Ventures was founded on the idea that, in the course of traveling and making images for our own professional use over the years, we’d acquired quite a bit of knowledge about the specific locations where we’d made the shots. We decided that rather than keeping all this juicy information a secret, we’d teach it to like-minded photographers through our local workshops and travel photo tours. Five years into the life of BlueHour, the international destination we’ve visited the most is Iceland, with the two of us having visited a combined nine times total, three of which were full package photo tours for our students. Fortunately, Iceland is a country that begs for discovery and continued re-discovery. The spots we visited on our most recent photo tour in September were ones that we were quite familiar with, and produced stunning images for our students, but also gave us some fresh new shots as well, proving that we can never get tired of Iceland no matter how many times we go back.
Maybe not a photo spot, but we do have fun at the Bridge Between Continents! The bridge crosses over the Eurasian and North American tectonic plates.
The Icelandic horses are always a favorite. They can be either very majestic and mysterious, or really, really silly. We definitely spent the good part of an hour petting and taking selfies with these horses.
Iceland is certainly famous for its waterfalls. Seljalandsfoss, visible from the road, is unique in that you can explore behind the falls.
And Skogafoss is beautiful at any time of day, but at its best when the shining sun produces rainbows.
There are so many waterfalls here, that we don’t even know the name of this one. Sometimes the most beautiful things are found driving along the road.
Another new spot for us is this DC-3 plane wreck from 1973. It’s just stranded on the black sand along a beach on the southern coast. If we were in the USA, this thing would certainly not be around for long. But we’re in Iceland, so it’s turned into a tourist destination instead.
One of our favorite things to show newcomers to Iceland are the glacial lagoons. There is something otherworldly about them and they are just magical in the early morning or evening.
We had an adventurous group this time, so we joined a hike on the Vatnajokull Glacier. We were outfitted with helmets, an ice-axe and crampons.
Iceland is always an adventure. We won’t be visiting in 2020 (unless you’re interested in a custom tour!) but we’ll definitely be returning!