Iceland was a real challenge for me I must admit. Being alone in a country that has very few “home comforts” outside of its capital city other than a few humble villages where the sheep outnumber the inhabitants, it meant having to make do with basics like sleeping in a tent or in the car. Being self sufficient for 3 weeks, a real camping holiday without a proper bathroom, washing machine, TV or fridge. I was very excited to be doing an adventure on my own but with a touch of anxiety at the thought of which problems I may face along the way.
Iceland is known as the country of fire & ice. The rugged landscape is full of reminders of its volcanic past & present. It is scary to think that one is sitting on top of one big massive volcano. As proof of this, two weeks before setting off, an earthquake hit the southern coast of the island destroying many houses & causing considerable damage to the ring road through floods & landslides. I was a little concerned about the condition of the road as I intended on driving to the east side of the island where the dramatic glaciers & icebergs are to be experienced.
As it turned out everything went fine & I did actually drive around the complete island almost 1,5 times in 3 weeks. Those were 3 amazing weeks, full of dramatic weather, beautiful scenery & so much peace & solitude that I have never experienced anywhere else up to or after being there. Would I go back again? Definitely. Next time though I would like to take a 4x4 & visit just as the winter is coming to an end to experience Iceland with snow but also enough daylight to enjoy photographing this amazing, constantly changing landscape.