ICELAND: 2016

In May 2016, we were fortunate enough to travel to Iceland with a couple friends from college (Michael Matti being one of them). Check out his fantastic work here. Sometimes we are in his images, usually wearing bright raincoats, to give scale to the vast landscapes he shoots. It’s sort of his signature style. One thing about me, is that I am passionate about planning travel and trips. It’s almost better than going on the trip itself! Weird? Maybe. We did an out-and-back style road trip in the south of Iceland that lasted one week. The month of May is a pretty great time to go to Iceland. It’s a shoulder season, meaning the prices lower and there are less people than usual. We rented a 4×4 SUV (definitely needed that) and drove all the way to Hofn over the course of a couple days. We were constantly stepping on the breaks to jump out of the car and snap photos. We did a lot of short/moderate hikes – nothing extreme. If you like vast moss-covered lava fields, wild horses, hot pots, waterfalls, glaciers, and puffins, Iceland is your country! On the way back from Hofn, we detoured north a bit and did the golden circle area, and then toured the Snaefellsnes peninsula before heading back to Reykjavik. Feel free to use this map to plan your upcoming adventure! There are points in the north and east that I added post-trip, just in case we go back. You can see where we adventured, based on the more dense points on the western and southern coasts. Advice: stay at least two days in Reykjavik, two/three days in the Vik area, and two days on the Snaefellsnes peninsula. And if you get the chance to go to the West Fjords, do it! Hiking the Hornstrandir National Preserve would be absolutely breathtaking. Road-tripping the whole ring road (the main road that goes around Iceland) would require at least 10-15 days to fully enjoy it. The best resource (of the million I used) for planning our trip was Lonely Planet. I bought the Iceland edition from Barnes & Noble. In addition, I used their website to gather ideas and prioritize sights. Happy trip planning!



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