<h2>The multifaceted beauty of Iceland<h2>
Iceland in march was an incredible diverse experience. From sitting in a hot spring with our gin tonics until 04:00 am watching the Northern Lights, to crazy snow storms, freezing our asses off, sunbathing in our t-shirt, spending 3 hours getting seasick on a boat for Killer Whales only to spot a few gulls, getting soaking wet from thunderous waterfalls, spending all our money on crazy expensive beers and ending up in a queer bar in Reykjavik to spotting humpback whales from the cliffs.
Iceland is rightfully a popular destination, especially among photographers. This means that it does gets rather busy with tourists at the major sites though. Whenever we reached a site classified as a hidden gem on the internet, the tour bus with Asians and the buzzing of several drones told us that this gem was not so hidden anymore. Looking for a hot spring, a place called ‘the secret lagoon’ attracted our attention. A search on the internet led us to a slick website that informed us that ‘’pre-booking is required, due to big demand we cannot guarantee a spot if you do not book in advance’’. The secret of the lagoon turns out to be pre-booking apparently. Luckily, a harder to find and more authentic hot spring was nearby. A dive in your underwear in the surrounding snow before dipping in the hot water brings a lot of satisfaction. Also from a hygienic point of view a bath was very much welcome, after a few days hiking in the same clothes without a shower.
The best way to avoid crowds is renting your own vehicle and try some lesser well known spots. Of course you should see the major sights if you have never been before because they are spectacular, but really anywhere you go in Iceland there is natural beauty to be found. Try a few unplanned detours here and there and see where you end up, chances are it is something beautiful. A campervan allowed us to wake up in places such as a valley with flowing rivers and babbling brooks surrounded by snowy mountains and waterfalls, with almost no one around. Camping at the spot where you want to photograph obviously saves time but also means being able to scout the location the day/evening before. With a relaxing sunrise time of around 08:15 am in the beginning of March, I could just roll out my campervan and start shooting. Thus, a campervan is ideal for exploring and photographing Iceland. Some friends with mental defects, good music and an urge to explore and you are guaranteed a shitload of fun.
Iceland truly is a special place, perfect for calming down and rewinding. Witnessing the natural forces at work is an impressive experience and it’s the perfect destination for that. The revitalizing power of nature and being outside is so incredibly strong which makes it delightful to be outside even though it can be colder than Donald Trump’s heart.