It's has been almost a month now, that I was returning from my long planned photographic adventure in Iceland. After many months of preparation, route planning and subject research, I was always wondering how the weather would be influencing our photography opportunities.
Well, let's say that weather has a big impact on your day to day planning in Iceland; in fact I should be talking about half day to half day planning since the weather changes continuously. Rain and high winds were the main obstruction to our plans. Over the 20 days, it did rain half the time. We did experience high winds for the third of the time we were there but we managed to shoot anyway with patience and get good results. On two occasions, we could not shoot at all due to very high winds. These very high wind days were for reviewing taken photographs since we could not drive with our 4X4 camper because it was too dangerous to drive it.
But grey days and winds do provide dramatic skies and other opportunities. That is why Iceland is so interesting. Beside the weather, it is the nature that impresses and strikes the eyes in Iceland. On this volcanic island, nature is at it's best. Since the population is rather small with 330,000 people, what impressed us is usuallu the wide spaces of land. Than, the nature's creation with it's multitude of rivers, falls, volcanoes, it's greens even in automn, it's colored lichen in mid september, it's numerous glaciers, thermal rivers, the sheeps and the famous icelandic horses.
Iceland is a photographer's paradize but can also be a photographer's nightmare, so be well prepared. And be mobile. I would recommend a 4x4 camper for moving around the island. This type of vehicule is expensive but allows you to go on every roads (F roads included) and allows you to be independant for night camping and feeding since you can camp for the night practically everywhere in the country, and allows you to be independent for food since it's equipment includes gas burners, fridge, sink, etc. So you save on hotels and restaurants. For the lenght of our trip, we had food in restaurants in 3 occasions.
this adventure has been one of the most interesting I had to organize and execute. With more than 5,000 photographs, we manage to drive 4,500km and cover all the planned subjects. But even with 20 days, you cannot cover everything. That is why a return from my part to Iceland is something that I will have to plan again.