While I was going stir crazy and planning adventures I started thinking about a tour through the Northern Latitudes – Iceland, The Faroes, The Shetland Islands and Norway.
Of the four places the only one I’ve visited before is Iceland. I was in Iceland in 2014 but didn’t have as much time to explore as I would have liked. That time I was based in Reykjavik and took trips from there to photograph.
There’s so much to see in Iceland that I don’t want to try to do everything on this first trip. My plan would be to just focus on the coast around Reykjavik and then on subsequent trips see more.
To maximize my time in Iceland I have Michael Levy’s Photography map of Iceland, which will help me find great locations in and around the places that I want to visit.
First stop of the tour is Budir on the Snaefellsnes Peninsula, about a 2 hour drive from the airport.
From the notes that I made I would stay at the Hotel Búðir which would be a great base for an exploration of the Peninsula. Impossible to go to Budir and not take at least a few pictures of the black church!
After 3 or 4 days in and around the Snaefellsnes Peninsula it would be time to move on to Vik.
I’ve been to Vik before and in fact the picture of the church in the banner for the blog page was taken in Vik. I didn’t have much luck when I was in Vik the last time, the weather was shocking, it was pouring and the fog was so thick that even though I knew there were sea stacks I couldn’t see them! I did manage to get a picture (sort of) of the black sand beach though.
After a few days in Vik it would be time to move on to Jökulsárlón and the Ice Beach.
The mouth of the lagoon in Jökulsárlón forms a bottle neck that traps Icebergs causing them to break up into small pieces of ice and to get caught on the beach. I think that this is now a very popular location, not unusual to be shoulder to shoulder with other photographers I’m told. Hopefully not on the day when I visit!
After Jökulsárlón it’s back to Reykjavik and home, but not before we stop at some waterfalls. First up Skógafoss, followed by the famous Seljalandsfoss and the nearby hidden waterfall Gljúfrabúi.
My list is similar to yours. I haven’t been to Iceland, except the airport, but I was in Norway for a few days and would love to go back.