A land of Fire and Ice

Led Zeppelin

Day 2 in Iceland was more than I could ever ask for. The previous night, I met a group of people over drinks and dinner at the hostel bar and we got along really well almost immediately. After a great evening at the bar exchanging stories about our lives and what we were doing, we decided to spend the following day together …
Marck had a car for his stay here and offered us to come with him down to the south coast of Iceland to see various sites and special Icelandic landscapes. One of the great things about this day trip is that Marck is a photographer with all sorts of fancy equipment I can’t even begin to understand; but, having him around made me feel more at ease taking pictures of virtually everything that crossed our path. The result is some spectacular shots … All the ones I post here are my own pictures, but I hope to one day get a hold of his ones and share his amazing work with you all.
Tina was the other member of our group. She had rented a camper van for a few days prior to us meeting and she had toured the country by herself – isn’t that just awesome?! One of the factors that really took us by surprise is that both of us are Cambodian.

Here is our little escapade group!

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Above the huge waterfall ‘Seljalandsfoss’ in southern Iceland

After driving for some roughly one hour, we came upon some awesome scenery. Despite Iceland’s often bleak and lifeless landscapes, I find its views picturesque. Our very first encounter with odd stuff was the moss/hilly landscapes pictured below …

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That moss was actually soft and bouncy. Tina was doing moss angels … (picture taken from GoPro footage)

These hills are actually the first and only special things about the scenery ahead, at least for the following hour. After this weirdly fun place we saw flat and barren landscapes forever. Despite the lack of events in that hour-long drive, it was nice to have each other for entertainment and conversation.

Then we came upon one of the key visits of the day, a pretty damn big waterfall …

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Seljalandsfoss waterfall. Gorgeous part of nature.
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Got to get that shot!
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Seljalandsfoss from above

The view from below the waterfall was pretty special (and wet), but as were leaving we thought we might try find a way up onto the cliff side. And we did, granted it was not an easy track we managed and made it to the top, waaaaay above our expectations. The picture above was the first thing I saw once I stood up from the climb – and if that isn’t a precious view, I honestly don’t know what is. Marck had, obviously, left his big camera in the car as neither of us expected to make it to the top, so all our pictures come either from my small digital camera, our phones and my GoPro (footage of which I am still sifting through). We must have stayed up here a good hour or so, admiring the views and taking in the fresh air of Iceland.

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Picture of Marck taking in the views. No words really do justice to what we experienced up there
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This shot sums up how I often feel. Quiet and content – not happy, but content. The distant figure on the horizon is the goal, the hope for achievement and something just out of reach but never too far to lose sight
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My appreciation of companionship is often something I fail to express properly. Despite liking my solitude from time to time, a little craziness with the people who make me feel alive is a strong reminder for me to keep my feet planted in the ground and enjoy the special moments I share with every one of you
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This is probably my favourite photograph of the trip, so far. Some of you will have seen it on social media, but here’s a little more insight. When I saw the opportunity to get this shot, I did not hesitate to climb down the cliff to be at the edge of the crashing waves. The picture is a reflection of how I often feel: calm and collected, but sometimes urging to express my explosive passion
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“There is light despite the darkness”
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“Keep looking up and ahead”
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Seflie above the cliff side, overlooking the black sand beach of southern Iceland

Some of you might have noticed that I’m constantly wearing a hat and scarf + gloves, that’s because it really wasn’t warm out there! Albeit, 7 degrees isn’t too cold compared to our winters at home, but add the wind and the long exposure to the outdoors, I thought I’d go out prepared. My hat was also a pretty big attraction in the more touristy places … something about the eyes I think.
This is my last shot of the day – hopefully I will get to see some of the pictures Marck has taken, I am sure they will be breathtaking!

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