PHOTOGRAPHING ICELAND: THE GOLDEN CIRCLE

PHOTOGRAPHING ICELAND: THE GOLDEN CIRCLE
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It’s true what they say about saving the best ‘til last, and the best happens when you brave the freezing 6AM temperature to drive out to the Golden Circle, before all the tourist buses and also because you only have an extra half day’s car rental left (long story). What the guidebooks don’t tell you: bugs, lots of bugs. But also ridiculous, impossible beauty, like watching the sun break through the cloud and illuminate the lake in Thingvellir National Park, and turning around to literally see a rainbow stretching from one side of the mountain to another, the sight of steam rising from the natural geothermal pools scattered around the park, or the light of the fog lifting just a little to reveal the patchwork colours of the mountains you’re speeding by, or the first time you see the geyser erupt at the Geysir Geothermal Area (and being unprepared for how tempting it is to try and touch the water).

Our driving route was typical and shorter than usual, because the storm was rolling in as we reached Gullfoss Waterfall and we had to rush back, but here’s to proving you don’t necessarily need a long, specialised, hipster tour to get shots that you’ll remember for a lifetime.

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