Our fourth day in Iceland had us saying goodbye to the Jökulsárlón region and brought us to our stopover in the quaint town of Vik. The day started off with us breaking out of bed at 5AM to photograph even more brilliant aurora and was then followed by a third shoot in an ice cave. After that, we checked out of our hotel and made our way to Skaftafell National Park and laboriously hiked to Svartifoss, a waterfall with notable vertical basalt formations that instantly reminded me of Latourell and Abiqua Falls in Oregon. Naturally, I felt right at home. :)
When we wrapped up the waterfall shoot, we jumped in the car for a two hour ride to Vik. What we didn’t expect was the massive snow storm that was waiting for us about 20 miles outside of the town. Fortunately, Colby managed to get to our hotel without calamity.
Upon checking in, all three of us had just assumed that any sort of shooting would be out of the question given the absolute white out conditions from the snow storm. However, a few minutes later, we looked out our windows and saw the makings of a rather beautiful sunset. Don’t get me wrong—it was howling wind and bitterly cold but we still jumped in ‘Beast Mode’ and hustled to the beach across the street. Our goal was to catch the iconic and legendary Reynisdrangar, a series of spires jutting out of the ocean. Fortunately, the clouds gave us a break and parted a bit, letting the beautiful sun pour through. All in all, it was a wonderful day!