What an incredible adventure! Back in June I joined Monica & Jess for a day-long engagement shoot in Iceland. We travelled all over the south coast visiting 9 locations in total, and driving just over 400 miles.
We met up at 3pm on a sunny afternoon in June near the iconic Hallgrimskirkja Church in the centre of Reykjavik. Enough snack foods to feed a small army were piled into Monica & Jess' hire car, and we set off heading south for the Hafnarberg sea cliffs. Clouds soon blew over but the deep blue sea coupled with the contrasty rock made for some great images despite a lack of sunshine.
The Mars-like rocks of the Reykjanes peninsula were soon replaced with a vibrant grassy landscape as we headed further inland again, for a quick stop off at Seljalandsfoss and Gljúfrafoss. We didn't linger too long though as there were still big crowds of tourists exploring both of the waterfalls, and we had so much more to see before the end of the day.
On our way to Skogafoss we were surprised to see lupin growing by the roadside for miles around, which was an unmissable photo opportunity. We only made a flying visit to Skogafoss as well, but managed to get some great pictures just before the sun set behind the highlands. A little further down the road we stopped again to take some pictures in the lupin, just before the midnight sunset.
Our next stop was Reynisfjara beach near Vik. We explored the huge basalt columns which lined the cliff face and then headed into the cave on the black sand beach for a few pictures. Even after midnight the beach was still filled with other tourists. It seems like as long as there's daylight there will also be tons of people making use of it!
Finally at around 1am we reached the furthest point of our journey. Fjaðrárgljúfur canyon. Lighting conditions were a little tricky as the sun made its way around the horizon just out of view, giving us just a very slight glow of light, and despite it being the height of summer it was still definitely pretty cold.
We then started the long 160 mile journey back along Route 1 to Reykjavik. We stopped again at Skogafoss and Seljalandsfoss, and even between 2-3am there were still plenty of people around exploring the waterfalls.
At 4am, just before sunrise, we arrived back in Reykjavik which concluded our 400 mile, 13 hour engagement shoot! It really was an incredible experience to be able to travel around such a striking landscape with Monica & Jess, exchanging stories along the way.