Last year when I was travelling around Thailand, I realised that I had left to seek adventure thousands of miles away from home, even though I didn’t even know my own home country that well either. I decided that next autumn I would travel around Finland, and end my journey in the colourful Lapland autumnal landscapes. My plans were half right, and next autumn I did find myself on the road again but, along the way Lapland had changed into Iceland!
Iceland photographer // Wedding photographer
Haifoss. Can there really be any place on earth this beautiful and impressive? Mother earth has truly created our world into a stunning piece of art. I hope one day mankind can treat it as such.Me and the night sky are separated by just a thin piece of cloth around me. The torch is hanging from the ceiling as I’m pondering about all the things that have led me to live out one of the biggest dreams of my life. I’ve always loved camping, and now I’m camped out in the beautiful Icelandic wilderness. I don’t yet own my own tent, but I recommend Vantaan Latu for renting and trying out tents for my Finnish friends. I’m writing this the second night of the journey, as the first night was spent sleeping in the car, by the mouth of the blaring Gullfoss waterfall. We had just arrived to the country, late at night, and instead of assembling our tent in the dark late at night, the comfy South Korean Hyundai picked the longer straw. So, the travel diary writing had to wait. We didn’t even realise the true impressiveness of the Gullfoss until the light of dawn. It was very impressive.
On the third morning, I got up surprisingly springy, tempted by the opportunity of a morning swim in a hot spring right by a mountain. We headed out to Seljavallalaug, one of Iceland’s oldest swimming pools, where the water comes directly from a spring inside a mountain and then recycles back into the earth along a small brook. The water was very warm, an interesting contrast to the slight cold breeze in the air. It was a great experience, and we took our time at the pool, no hurry to continue our travels.Narfeyrarstofa, a restaurant where I had THE best seafood pasta of my life. Literally. It was amazing. The restaurant in question is in Stykkishólmur.
We spent our last day in Reykjavik, a city that was a pleasant surprise to a person like me who tries to avoid the bigger cities when travelling. The city was soulful and colourful. To keep the seasonal greyness away, the people of the town had painted buildings in pleasant bright colours, to brighten up the day on those days the sun doesn’t shine here. The people themselves were incredibly stylish, I could even see myself living here some day. A wonderful place, a must recommendation for everyone travelling to Iceland.Tired but happy guy.
Last picture: Johanna Hietanen Photography.