Five days is barely enough time just to scratch the surface of all that Iceland‬ has to offer. Years ago, if you asked this Brooklyn boy whether he’d so eagerly enjoy getting up at an ungodly hour to photograph gigantic landscapes in below freezing temps, he’d probably laugh so hard that milk would come out of his nose. But that’s what it takes to experience the grandeur of this marvelous country during its winter season.

Our last full day in Iceland brought us to several of its better known waterfalls and ended with a beautiful sunset at the blue lagoons in Grindavík. However, in between that, Colby, Joe, and I managed to sneak in an hour photographing a herd of Icelandic horses as they grazed, napped and played around. Several even tried to take a few chomps out of my Really Right Stuff tripod!

Photographing wildlife is about as foreign to me as photographing a wedding but in spite of that, I find the former to be much more calming and appealing than the latter. :) These horses were so friendly and approachable, making it that much easier to move around them to compose a photo. All in all, it was a wonderful time.

Technically, Day 6 was our travel day where we departed Iceland for Oslo, Norway and then caught a domestic flight north to Evenes. From there, we drove for about 3 hours to our destination: Reines, part of the Lofoten Islands. I’ll save Day 1 of Norway for tomorrow but let’s just say that within 15 minutes of checking into our cabin, we were created with a night sky full of brilliant aurora. Norway has welcomed us quite warmly.

Camera: Sony a7R with the Sony A-Mount 70-400mm f/4-5.6 G SSM II
Filter: N/A
Tripod: Really Right Stuff TVC-34L/BH-55
Stylization: Adobe Lightroom 5.7