For some reason, photography is something that I have neglected over the past few months. I haven't added anything to the gallery in quite some time. So today, I want to share a couple of things.
First, I want to share some photos from Iceland. Second, I want to tell you the stories behind each one of them.
These 3 images don't do the environments justice. But then again, I don't think anything truly can.
One of the biggest reasons I wanted to visit Iceland was because of the waterfalls. Just look at that thing!
This is Gullfoss, one of the largest waterfalls in the country. This was the very first landscape that I visited during my trip through the Icelandic countryside. I knew what I was going to see when I set out on that first day through the country but I wasn't prepared for the sheer vastness of this scene.
I arrived at the area the falls were located at and although I couldn't see them yet, I could definitely hear them. I left the parking lot and followed a crowd of other tourists who were just as eager to see the falls as I was. There were people from all over the world there. I heard European languages, Asian languages, and everything else in between. I think I was the only American there. Before even seeing the falls, I was moved. People from all over the world gathered in this place for the same reason.
We were all there to witness a beautiful creation.
As I approached the falls, the sound grew louder and louder and the voices I heard around me were slowly drowned out by the sound of rushing water. Eventually, I heard nothing but the sound of Gullfoss.
And then I saw it.
I immediately took out my camera and captured the photo you see above.
I had officially arrived in Iceland.
This was my favorite place in the entire country.
I don't know where this was exactly or if there is a name for it. All I know is that the moment I laid my eyes on this scene, I knew that it was one of the most beautiful things that I have ever witnessed. Honestly, I was in disbelief and this photo cannot communicate just how moving it was to be in this environment.
To the left, just out of frame of this photo, was a small church. I was supposed to stay with the group I was with and tour the building. I didn't. Instead, I spent a good thirty minutes staring at this landscape.
This was a place that I thought had only existed within my own dreams. It was an endless green earth below an infinite blue sky. I just could not believe that there actually existed a place on this planet that was as beautiful as the places I had dreamed up within my own mind.
I didn't want to leave.
My final day in the country began with a problem. I was supposed to be going out on a boat to tour Faxa Bay. That didn't happen. The winds were too strong and my boat ride was cancelled. So instead, I decided to spend one last day exploring Reykjavik. I'm glad I did.
This was the final photo I took in Iceland.
On a hill, in the middle of the city, is a church known as Hallgrimskirkja. It's the tallest building in the country and I managed to find some time on my last day there to journey to the top. I bought a ticket, waited in line for a few minutes, and was then crammed with 6 others in a small elevator. The ride may not have been exciting, but the eventual view at the top sure was.
There were four different spots to look out upon: north, south, east, and west. I can't recall in which direction I looked first, but I remember that I wasn't impressed by the view. The next spot was a little better. The third even better. And then I came to the final lookout spot.
That is where I took this photo.
I began to realize that my journey was ending. I had seen all that there had to be seen in Reykjavik and I had no more plans to venture out into the countryside. The trip I had longed to go on for 8 years had come and gone.
As I gazed out upon Reykjavik, my dream destination, I couldn't have been happier.
The dream had been dreamt.