Mar 4, 2013

Mind-blowing

In Iceland, I saw some of the most beautiful sights I have ever seen. It's a bit difficult to even process how much beauty (or I'd even call it magic) I saw in those five days in Iceland. I am so grateful to everyone that made this trip possible and for the people I met along the way. One of the most amazing parts was how quickly the weather and consequently, the scenery, changed before our eyes. If I went back now to the exact spots I shot, I know it may look completely different.

On our third night, the sky cleared up a wee bit, and we got a glimpse of the Northern Lights, something that has been on my life bucket list for quite some time. We were down in the south east part of the country in a fishing town called Höfn. The winds whipped stronger than ever that night. A few of us hunkered down outside with our tripods as the lights danced for us; mine could barely stand against the winds. I felt like I was in a dream — this couldn't be real. (Though I'll let you in on a little secret. The lights were more like glowing clouds the night we saw them; the camera brought out the green and purples, but to the naked eye, it was mostly colorless.)


I first came across this quote in the first issue of Wayfare magazine and I couldn't help but use it here. I left Iceland feeling inspired, overwhelmed and humbled. Nature make me feel small in a way the city doesn't. A sky full of stars is something I'll never get here. While I am a city girl at heart, I realized I need more healthy doses of nature in my life.


My words nor my photos do this experience justice. I can't recommend visiting Iceland enough to see it for yourself. I am, for sure, returning as soon as I can.

34 comments :

  1. AHHHH you saw them, that's awesome!!! Looks magical, indeed :)

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  2. Amazing! I feel the same way when I'm out in wild nature like that.

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  3. What an amazing thing to see (also on my bucket list). So beautiful.

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  4. This is amazing!

    My fiance and I are headed to Iceland in a couple of weeks. As soon as I saw that you're headed there, I texted him to check out your instagram feed and then we both marveled at all the scenes. We hope we're lucky to see the northern lights too!

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  5. like you, the lights are definitely way up there on my bucket list...but unlike you, I've yet to see them! I've loved following along on your adventures on instagram/twitter...can't wait to see more of your amazing trip here!

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  6. The beauty of nature is comparable to nothing else...

    So thrilled for you Alice. Iceland has been calling to me for the last few years... Think I need to finally take the plunge...

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  7. I've always wanted to go to go to Iceland!! It must be absolutely beautiful to see the lights in the sky!! =)

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  8. ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh. too excited for you. i hope i'll see them too.

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  9. I loved this! That phrase hit me right in the middle of my heart!

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  10. lovely, lovely! i was following you on pinterest and now i am so glad to have found you here! Icelands sounds lovely. xo

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  11. I've always thought Iceland looks like an incredible place to visit. Hopefully we'll be seeing some more photos.... (hint hint)

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  12. Absolutely incredible!!! On my bucket list too. Sounds like a life changing experience. Your photos are gorgeous.

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  13. Amazing. I am envious; have gotten nowhere near to seeing this phenomenon. Glad you got to tick this one off your bucket list.

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  14. Truly an amazing and beautiful experience!

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  15. OMG this is incredible. ONE DAY!

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  16. that is EXACTLY how I felt upon visiting New Zealand.

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  17. I went to Iceland in 1999 for a mini vacation and came away feeling the same way. It is so incredibly beautiful and humbling to see nature at her finest. It is a place I want to take my children and husband because they need to experience it with their own eyes. I follow you on Instagram and enjoyed being on the journey with you - thank you for sharing.

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  18. Such beautiful images! I felt the exact same way when I visited Iceland almost 4 years ago. My little brother lived there for a summer (lucky him!) and to me it is such an underrated, not often thought about destination. I plan to visit again in the next couple years. Hope you get the chance to return someday!

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  19. I love Iceland! I would love to travel to Iceland, But from Chile the travel is so expensive :(

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  20. I lived in Iceland one year and I have never seen more beautiful landscapes than there! I have travelled there back few times and always I'm fascinated by the nature. I also get a bit tired cause I can't sleep while driving from one place to another, otherwise I would miss some beauty :)!
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  21. These photographs of the Northern Lights are so magical. Having marvelled at numerous Instagram posts of yours over the past few days, I am filled with a desire to visit Iceland for myself!

    P.S. Your beautiful blog has inspired my latest post <3

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  22. the northern lights are also on my bucket list!!! this these photos are awesome. i'm now more inspired than ever to go to iceland... but first, paris! ;)

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  23. My wanderlust-sick heart aches for this post.

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  24. Thank you for this. I've lived in Brooklyn for years away from Iceland and never have I felt homesick this time of year before. I hope you go back in the summer when Iceland is at its finest :)

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  25. WHen I read in your previous post that you were going to Iceland, I thought to myself, "She's going to see the Aurora Borealis". And you did! =) This is also in my bucket list. One day, one day... =)

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  26. Pretty amazing stuff Alice. Sounds like you had a great time!

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  27. Beautiful, just beautiful. :)
    Your photos from Iceland on instagram made my heart leap. Iceland is a place I would love to see, but for some reason, probably how different the language is, I've never gone. Now I'm inspired to go all over again.

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  28. Beautiful, Alice!
    And I loved seeing your Iceland trip photos via Instagram.
    I look forward to visiting someday...

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  29. going to iceland to see the northern lights have been in my bucket list for a while now and i have to go there one day! i have been really enjoying all your photos, love love love.

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  30. I saved this post to read later when it was first posted, because my family and I are thinking of going to Iceland this summer, and this post reminded me about how behind I am on planning! I have always, always wanted to see the Northern Lights (I don't/can't make a bucket list, but seeing them is still on it!). I loved seeing your Instagram photos of your trip, and that quote does seem to fit the idea of traveling so perfectly. Thank you for sharing your trip — and these photos — with us!

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  31. I feel the same about Iceland.
    Such great landscape!

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