ÍS: The Approaching Storm

Southwest Iceland I’m an amateur photographer. I like to take pictures more than I care about how well they turn out. Usually I tweak and trim my film photography on Photoshop since I don’t have the space to develop them myself. And then there are those rare moments where the lighting is just right and I get my camera settings just right and voila, these two amazing pictures delivered from the developer as is.

These are from my road trip with a friend around the whole Ring Road back in late May. I’m pretty this is in Southwest Iceland, somewhere between Reykjavík and the Snæfellsnes peninsula (since I have been tardy in posting these what with two moves and working again, I’m not going to be able to be as specific about locations as I was for my last set of Ring Road pictures.

Southwest Iceland [35mm film taken with my Canon EOS Rebel 2000. Click here for more pictures of Southwest Iceland.]

ÍS: Old Akureyri (Part Two)

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ÍS: Old Akureyri (Part One)

F1000011ak A sunny walk through the historic district of Akureyri, Iceland’s “Capitol of the North”

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[35mm taken with my Canon EOS Rebel 2000. Click here for more pictures from my June Ring Road trip around Iceland. See new posts right away by following the blog on Facebook]

ÍS: Hnífsdalur from Above (and the view from above Hnífsdalur)

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000018mountain While my mom and I were staying in Ísafjörður, we walked around a mountain at the opening of the fjord to the town of Hnífsdalur….then we started climbing up the mountain, using the rocks and moss to scramble up the steep side. We were rewarded with a spectacular view of Ísafjarðardjúp and the colorful, little town. I shot these with expired film.

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ÍS: Walking to Hnífsdalur

Hnífsdalur, Iceland While staying in Ísafjörður, my mom and I walked an hour to Hnífsdalur before hiking/climbing up the mountain that separates this tiny town from it’s bigger neighbor, Ísafjörður. Along the way there were some empty fish drying sheds and a pigeon coop. I shot these images on expired film.

Hnífsdalur, Iceland

Hnífsdalur, Iceland[Expired 35mm film taken with my Olympus 105G Superzoom. Click here for more pictures from my June Ring Road triparound Iceland.]

ÍS: Icelandic Horses in the Approaching Storm

Icelandic HorsesIcelandic horses are a unique breed. They have two extra gaits from other horses, including the super smooth tolt. No horses are allowed to enter the country, so the breed has developed perfectly to suit the land since it was brought by the settlers 1000+ years ago. I spotted these hardy, little horses in Southwest Iceland, on my trip around Ring Road. My mom and I got a chance to ride Icelandic horses across the open landscape during our week in the Westfjords.

Icelandic Horses [35mm taken with my Canon EOS Rebel 2000. Click here for more pictures from my June Ring Road trip around Iceland]

ÍS: Arnarstapi Cliffs

000019snaef An amazing stop on our two day drive around the Snæfellsnes peninsula on our way to the Westfjords. The cliffs were covered with many kinds of interesting sea birds. [35mm taken with my Canon EOS Rebel 2000. Click here for more pictures from my June Ring Road trip around Iceland]

ÍS: The Way to Ísafjörður

Westfjords, Iceland I love the Westfjords. More than any other place in Iceland, this part of Iceland moves and inspires me. The drive from the Snæfellsnes peninsula to Ísafjörður was breathtaking. The Westfjords are sparsely populated and mountainous; access is only by often-gravel roads winding around steep mountains and deep fjords. We drove up in early June, and there was still plenty of snow on the mountains and along the roadsides at high altitudes.

Westfjords, IcelandWe drove up the east coast of the bigger half of the Westfjords (the smaller finger is essentially uninhabited and not really accessible by car). There were countless waterfall pouring down every mountainside into the fjords, and every once and a while we stopped a set of sheep grazing on the steep bits of green next to the road.

Westfjords, Iceland (This picture is actually, I believe, from before the actual Westfjords- probably somewhere closer to Stykkishólmur.)

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Westfjords, Iceland [35mm taken with my Canon EOS Rebel 2000. Click here for more pictures from my June Ring Road trip around Iceland]

ÍS: Stykkishólmur Pt.2

Stykkishólmur, Iceland Most of these pictures of Stykkishólmur are taken from the top of the small island by the harbor called Stykkið (“the piece”- seen in the last photo in this post), after which the town is named. A short walk to the top is rewarded by  a beautiful view of the colorful little town and the thousands of islands in Breiðafjörður.

Stykkishólmur, Iceland

Stykkishólmur, Iceland

Stykkishólmur, Iceland

Stykkishólmur, Iceland [35mm taken with my Canon EOS Rebel 2000. Click here for more pictures from my June Ring Road trip around Iceland]

ÍS: Stykkishólmur Pt. 1

Stykkishólmur, Iceland Stykkishólmur has 1,100 inhabitants, and is the commercial center of this part of the Snæfellsnes peninsula. It was settled in the 16th century as a trading post. Most of the residents make their living off of fishing and tourism. Many tourists take the ferry from Stykkishólmur to the Westfjords. We opted to drive since we had plenty of time, but I’ve heard it’s a gorgeous boat ride, since Breiðafjörður is one of the most ecologically diverse areas in Iceland.

Stykkishólmur, Iceland You may be familiar with Stykkishólmur if you saw The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, since the title character ends up in this town at one point. (Here is a really cute video of the premiere of the movie in Reykjavik. It’s making me miss Iceland so much already!) It’s a really cute little town. From the top of the hill/island by the harbor, you get a great view of the 2500+ islands found in Breiðafjörður, many of which are teeming with birds, seals, and huge diversity of flora.

Stykkishólmur, Iceland

Stykkishólmur, Iceland

Stykkishólmur, Iceland [35mm taken with my Canon EOS Rebel 2000. Click here for more pictures from my June Ring Road trip around Iceland]