January 27, 2016
This past summer, my husband Dan and I decided to plan an epic trip in order to escape Southern California’s, “all year long warm weather.” We wanted to head to a bucket-list worthy destination that would allow us to receive our winter fix.
We decided to jet off to Iceland in late fall for a 10 day adventure to ensure we had a good chance to see the Northern Lights, a photographers dream come true right?
A lot of planning went into mapping out our entire trip. We wanted to be able to really explore the greater part of the south end of Iceland. The scenery instantly took our breath away. With the coast on one side and snow top covered green mountains with waterfalls at every turn on the other side, it made driving one of the highlights of our trip.
Snaefellsnes Peninsula- West Iceland
We started the first part of our trip in Snaefellsnes. This is where we had the privilege of staying in one of the most unique places. We cozied up in our quaint little Glacier Lodge over looking the coast from the front and Snaefellsjökull (the glacier) from the back, a view that will forever have an imprint on our memories especially during sunrise.
Selfoss- South Iceland
We rented one of the most amazing Airbnb houses for our three night stay in Selfoss. It was a huge secluded open space with floor windows, a large kitchen to cook our own meals, a fireplace and a record player. One of the main goals in Iceland was to see the Northern Lights. Luckily for us, we got to watch the lights dance, swirl and show off right before our eyes on our first night’s stay there. It was one of the most unbelievable and unforgettable experiences of our lives.
We decided to lodge in Selfoss because it was in the general vicinity of many main sight seeing locations, like the Golden Circle. Some of the highlights that we got to experience were extravagant places such as, the geothermal area called Geysir, Gulfoss waterfall, Seljalandsfoss and the almighty Skógafoss. Each and every location was a whole new adventure.
One of the most memorable moments was when we were exploring Seljalandsfoss. Of course the actual waterfall itself was magnificent, but there was a pathway near the falls that we could walk along. We were able to see that there was a waterfall behind the crevasse if you walked back.
So, with our waterproof gear, we trekked behind the crevasse and came up to a waterfall that was falling through an opening of a rock ceiling with a huge boulder right below the falls. The light was peaking through the top and shining down the water into this amazing closed off space called, Gljùfrabùi - The Hidden Waterfall.
Check back next week for part two of Kandis' adventure through Iceland!
About Kandis Marino Photography
Kandis Marino is a professional lifestyle photographer based out of southern California and is available for world wide travel. She has over nine years of experience in the field of photography and has fallen in love with the art after she was inspired by her great grandfather who appreciated the same creative profession. With degrees in Photographic Arts and Commercial Photography, she has an educational background working with fine art film, commercial and photojournalism. Kandis and her husband, who has also learned to love photography and second shoots often, have a passion for adventure and photographing their experiences while traveling.