Iceland was awesome this year! I know that sounds like some terrible marketing pitch for my workshops WHICH ARE OPEN FOR BOOKING IN 2019! (see what I did there) but this year just worked out great. I’ve thought about blogging about more of my Iceland trips in the past, but to be honest I am incredibly protective of the routes and locations that I have worked so hard to discover – I don’t want to give them away easily, particularly in places that are sensitive to numbers.
Iceland has been a difficult place for me photographically in recent years. The weather can be tough and photography is not an easy job when things turn for the worse. I’ve also captured many of the grand views that drew me to these areas in the first place. Productivity drops off. Instead I’ve focused on teaching and generally enjoying the hikes familiarity can be a good thing too.
This year was different somehow. Iceland did its usual – overcast with a bit of rain, many days with winds a little too strong and of course that cold, which apparently never goes away. But somehow the light came together, the melting snow was beautiful, the moss seemed super green and the hiking was, as ever, world class.
I had 2 groups of 5 this year. All men – a first. The company was great, as it so often is on these trips. Like-minded people make for good times. I ran the trips back to back, no rest, 10-20km per day and I finished wanting to do it all over again.
My wanderlust is back in a big way. Next week I’m off to run a trip in Senja with Arild Heitmann and I really can’t wait. Then straight after I’m off to Scotland to make sure I’ve left no stone unturned before the book goes to print.
Photography is never going to be an easy choice of career. It has more than its fair share of worries. It’s a constantly changing competitive industry, contracts are harder to come by and workshops harder to fill. I sometimes miss home and friends and it’s never going to make me rich.
But at the moment I just feel excited, positive and happy to be throwing myself at everything as hard as I can!
Anyway here are a ton of photos from the trips for you to scroll through – enjoy!