This was my re-visit to Iceland, after touring a bit of the north by horse. Again, I went in fall and found the weather to be even worse in November than in October! It is still worth it, though, as Iceland is a weird and wonderful place and Icelanders are friendly and have a dry sense of humour.
This time I went with world renowned, National Geographic photographer Ira Block and fellow enthusiast Craig, both of whom I met on my tour of Bhutan. This Iceland trip was a proper photo workshop, including education and personal critique. The workshop format was an ideal way to both enjoy a holiday and get better at the craft. The photography tour was co-led and managed by Liza Politi and she has other tours on her site.
Photography tours definitely attract a good crowd. We were united by a common interest. People pulled together and supported each other: lending a towel, giving thoughtful critique and trouble-shooting technical issues. We had many Americans who needed some emotional support as they learned Trump had won. Also represented were Malaysia, Mexico and me from Canada.
We went along the southern shore and some some extraordinary landscapes:
Then we took a day trip around the Golden Circle:
Wandered around Reykjavik and saw some kooky things:
And there were some horses here and there:
It's funny what you can cram in the day before and after the official tour, all recommended:
- Iceland Airwaves off venue bands in my favourite Reykjavik diner the Laundromat Cafe and an unforgettable barbershop with a bar.
- A day ride on Icelandic horses in a park near Reykjavik, booked through Ishestar.
- An exhibit curated by Yoko Ono: One More Story at Reykjavik Art Museum Kjarvalsstaðir.
- An excellent meal in a harbour building with contemporary Icelandic design at Mar Restaurant.
- Watching other people buy expensive stuff in lovely boutiques.
Hotels, all good:
- Hotel Thingholt - central Reykjavik, smaller boutique hotel
- Hotel Ranga - wood panelled cottage style reminded me of Canada, big bar
- Foss Hotel Glacier Lagoon - particularly nice design, particularly good restaurant with the best butter in a country of excellent butter
- Kolabrautin Restaurant in the iconic Harpa auditorium building - high style and lovely food