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Iceland photographer // Wedding photographer

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!

I’ve always found Iceland riveting, the history and the images of stunning scenery, fairisle jumpers and bearded men (don’t get me wrong, I just respect a good beard). I’ve mentioned before, that I fancy myself a bit of a wilderness man and beard and rugged woolly jumpers are a part of that, of course. I made the trip together with Johanna and Jouni Hietanen from Johanna Hietanen Photography, both of whom had visited the country once before. This made the journey a lot easier to plan, so I was able to just sit back and relax the journey to the land of the fairytales. We drove around almost the entire country, stopping here and there to admire the breathtaking views. A week isn’t nearly enough to explore everything this land has to give, but I’d say I got a good initial introduction of this wonderful place. And yes, I will be back. Iceland left a unforgettable impression.
The camera gear I took with me consisted of the old reliable Fujifilm X-T1, x100s and the 14/23/56mm lenses. In my next entry, I’ll talk more about my collaboration with Fujifilm, the concept of X-Photographers and why Fujifilm is my go-to choice for my spare time and on the road photography. I couldn’t imagine documenting my personal life with anything else in my hand.
I’ve included quotes from my travel diary to Iceland with the photos below.

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.

My gear pulled through the weather conditions once again, although there was a definite recipe for catastrophe in the air. Constant rain, humidity, sharp winds and cold temperatures tried their best but all the machinery worked great. My hat’s off to Fujifilm once again, now I’ve tested their gear in a harsher climate and they passed with flying colours. 

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.

  • JereK - 2014-12-22 - 10:17

    Cool shots!! Islanti on kyllä niin mahtava paikka. Ensi vuonna toivottavasti pääsisi tonnekin!


    • Timo Soasepp - 2014-12-23 - 16:51

      Kiitos Jere! Pikku hiljaa jalkaa eteenpäin!ReplyCancel

  • Crystal - 2016-05-01 - 22:06

    I absolutely love your photos! I can’t stop looking at them! I am currently trying to decide on a lens for the Fujifilm XT1 to take to Iceland. Having a hard time deciding between the 14mm f/2.8 and the 16mm f/1.4. Ideally I would love both the 14mm f/2.8 and the 23mm f/1.4 but I can only afford one lens right now so I’m thinking the 16mm might be a good compromise. I was wondering which of the lenses you used the most of the three? If you could only take one lens which would you choose?
    Thank you!ReplyCancel

    • Timo - 2016-05-09 - 17:41

      Hi Crystal! Thank you very much for your kind words. If I have to take only one lens with me it would be 23mm f/1.4. It’s not perfect for landscape, portraits or details but it’s my to go- lens. I can shoot everything with that and be happy with the results. For landscape I would try to take panoramas with it and sure 23mm is little bit too wide for the portraits and details but I can still shoot some with it and crop it later. I had it both (14mm & 23mm) with me in Iceland and both worked well. I truly love Fujinon 16mm and IMO that’s perfect lens for landscape and storytelling (weddings). I don’t need wider. So if you’re going to take just landscape take 16mm with you. Also 1.4 aperture is perfect for night sky!

      Have a great trip!ReplyCancel

  • Crystal - 2016-05-11 - 00:49

    Thank you so much for your help, Timo! I really appreciate it. I think I am sold on the 16mm. My only concern was that I’d want wider but I’m happy to hear you feel like you don’t need wider. Just wondering too, were these photos edited with a particular VSCO preset pack? They are truly amazing!! I’m so excited to see all these places you have captured. Thank you again!ReplyCancel

    • Timo - 2016-05-11 - 12:01

      My pleasure! 16mm sounds good and build quality is top notch! If you need wider then you should think about 10-24mm not 14mm. Not particular VSCO pack, just something from 1,2 and 3. I also play with the presets a lot.


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