Western Iceland

Western Iceland Photography – Part One

September 2011 Iceland Ring-Road Driving Trip [ 1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5 / 6 / 7 / 8 ]

Photos Taken with a Canon 5D Mark II / Canon 50mm f/1.2

So last September I got this crazy feeling like I wanted to go back to Iceland even though I had just been there literally a year before.  I mean why not right?  I was about to have my first daughter in two months and what better way to celebrate than head off with your friend into the Arctic Circle with no cell phone coverage and where you previously got your car stuck in the middle of nowhere.  It’s one of those places where it’s just a ton of fun to go on a road trip and go take pictures with relatively minor danger, enough said.

So the trip started off with our flight getting delayed leaving Los Angeles because of bad weather in our connecting city of Boston.  We were about 3 hours late, so it was pretty obvious we weren’t going to be going to Reykjavik when we got there.  After some serious waiting time we finally got to Boston only to find the entire international terminal shut down for the night.  Good times.  There was nobody at the Iceland Air booth to say hi to us and their phone service was down for the night as well.  So that wasn’t very fun- thankfully Jet Blue, their codeshare, decided [out of pity?] to give us a hotel night out in the suburbs of Boston.  The next morning we called Iceland Air to get things straightened out and got on their dreadful super early flight out of Boston.  Why dreadful you ask?  Because we were to get into Reykjavik at 11pm at night.  This means basically we had to sleep in the Reykjavik airport for the night where we could get the car in the morning, hopefully as early as possible.

Early as possible worked out to be 5am, when I called and woke this poor guy up from obvious sleep.  The car company phone number turned out to be this guys cell phone planted next to his head by the bedside table.  Thankfully his early morning English worked out to be pretty good.  It was still dark out when we got our Suzuki Jimny 4×4 [yes, I spelled that right] the most ridiculous Jeep like automobile ever made.  I used to make fun of my Honda Civic for its lawnmower engine properties, but this just took the cake.  Nevertheless, it drove and paying extra for a 4×4 meant that I was less likely to get stuck.  Also having another occupant in the car meant they could tell me not to drive certain places which also meant less getting stuck possibilities.

Western Iceland was incredibly windy and the roads seemed to be rather small for a car being pushed the hell around from lane to lane.  Thankfully no one was on the road once we got out of the city.  We headed out to the Snæfellsnes Peninsula to the north and enjoyed some great photo taking.  Minor note: If you’re going to Iceland, you need to know the pin number for your credit card in order to get gas.  Yes, it does exist and no they won’t give it to you over the phone.

See the rest of our Iceland trip here [ 1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5 / 6 / 7 / 8 ]

…or for more photo goodness see our previous June 2010 Iceland Ring-Road Driving Trip [ 1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5 / 6 ]

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