Photographer’s Daydream

IMG_9336Flying towards Keflavik, I read from the in-flight magazine that Iceland is a photographers paradise. My image about the country was rugged, wild and deserted, so I wasn’t convinced. After spending four days there I was — with one exception: the weather is not part of that paradise.

I usually try to travel light and therefore take only one camera battery with me. It’s enough for just leisure traveling, the battery lasts a day or two and I can charge it at night in the hotel. But in Iceland the cold and windy weather ate my battery up so quickly, extra pair would have been more than appreciated. Running out of power is even a bigger problem when there’s so many amazing things you want to photograph!

We took a day trip to the Geysir, Pingvellir national park and the Gullfoss waterfall (also know as the Golden Circle). We also included an Icelandic greenhouse to the tour, because my mom was interested on how the geothermal heating in them works. We headed to the greenhouse first and then to the Geysir. Already there my battery got down to one bar, but I used my camera judiciously so that I got pictures from all the places in the end.

So here’s some shots from…

The greenhouse:

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Gullfoss:

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You won't believe how windy and freezing it was!!!

You won’t believe how windy and freezing it was!!! And I’m Finnish!

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And Pingvellir (that’s geologically on the border of Europe and America).

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I’ve edited these pictures only by adding a little bit of contrast, so I hope you get why I was convinced — Iceland is a dream at least for a nature photographer, if not a paradise. 😉

Iceland really was breathtaking, even we missed the northern lights (well, we got those in Finland too anyway…). But  as a compensation, on our way back we saw the erupting Bárðarbunga-volcano from the plane, a sight I won’t easily forget. Imagine crater full of glowing lava and a smoke cloud coming out of it in the break of dawn… Too bad my camera was packed away, so it’s only a beautiful memory in my mind.

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Icelandic Horses

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOne of the best things I experienced in Iceland was riding with an Icelandic horse.

I’ve taken riding classes when I was a child, but that hobby faded after I fell off a horse (well, it was a pony, but the situation was dramatic nevertheless! :D). I guess that sort of left a small fear towards horseback riding — because anything can happen when there are living creatures involved.

But after the riding trip in Iceland, I’ve been wondering why did I ever stop?!? Riding is so much fun. And it wasn’t scary at all (might be because the tour was made so safe and easy and it was suitable for beginners… Actually my mom rode for the very first time in her life!)

There are many different tour options and companies that organize riding tours in Iceland to choose from. And many of them are only less than 20 minutes ride away from downtown Reykjavik. We went with Islenski Hesturinn (The Icelandic Horse) and I have nothing bad to say about them. Our guide Inga seemed really skillful, reliable and nice. I really had a blast!

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Insta-trip

IMG_20141118_164205I’m back in Finland (and in business, or at least at work…). The couple days in Reykjavik and a week in New York went by so fast! The wifi in our hotel in NYC would have costed over 10 dollars per day, so I decided it’s just better to forget blogging and enjoy the Big Apple. But now that I’m back, here’s some of my instagram-pictures and mobile snapshots from the trip (which was awesome by the way). I’ll be back with more material when the jet lag is over…. IMG_20141118_164243 IMG_20141114_201856 IMG_20141114_170328 IMG_20141107_130413IMG_20141109_134317 IMG_20141106_152235IMG_20141118_164052IMG_20141114_201437

Hotel Hunting

P1010962As I implied in the Mother’s Day post, my next “bigger” travel destination will be New York! And the trip includes a four day stop-over in Reykjavik too, which is a completely new destination for me!

I’ll have to be patient though, the trip won’t happen until November. Some people have judged the traveling time, who would want to be in New York when it’s cold? Well, I do! I’ve been in New York once in summer, so now it’s kind of cool the see the winter and Christmas magic of the Big Apple. Plus, what better time to shop for Christmas presents? And after all I’m traveling from Finland, so it can’t be worse. 😀

Anyway, it’s a long time to go yet, but this week it started to feel a bit real already, since we have been hotel hunting — with good results. Now we have everything booked for New York and Reykjavik, so what is left to do, is just waiting for the takeoff…for months…. Oh, it will be a long wait!

The trip is my parents graduation gift for me, so I’ll be traveling with mom. I think we’ve never been out of Finland just the two of us and it’s my moms first visit to the US. Exciting!

These pictures are from my first visit to NYC in 2008. It was just a couple of weeks before I heard that I was accepted to study photojournalism in the university. Little did I know about photography and about what was ahead, and now I’m a master of photojournalism! I hope the pictures will turn out at least slightly better this time. 😉

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