a favorite place, a favorite camera, a favorite human
Ronen and I never really had an official honeymoon, so this trip might as well qualify as our honeymoon. This was in 2015, a few months before we got married, and while we were still waiting out our long visa process; him in Israel, me in Minnesota. It was a long year because I bet you could have guessed, visa processes suck (we are soo good at them by now, haha). We managed the year by seeing each other every three months; one visit in Israel, one in Minnesota, and then we conveniently made our third visit in Iceland, pretty much right in the middle our respective countries. I had been itching to go back to Iceland ever since my first trip there in 2007, which was in a way, a totally life changing experience. Needless to say I was incredibly excited to be there with Ronen.
As for all of these photos… they were all taken with my Yashica T4 Zoom point and shoot (the most wonderful little 35mm camera you could ever dream of having). And I feel like mentioning, that while I was going through these and remembering the trip, I was surprised to notice that there was a lot of places and moments I didn’t photograph. In the past few years, my relationship with traveling and photographing while traveling has definitely changed, mostly because I’ve been trying to be a bit more present in experiences. I’m one of those people very prone to being caught up in viewing my surroundings as photographs thus missing out on the experience. As a result, visually, this is a pretty bare bones summary of our trip, but sometimes that is really all you need.
And now…for those of you who might end up curious about the route we took, I have included a map of the way we went. We did all of this in about 10 days. If you have a few days in Iceland, it is usually recommended to take Iceland’s Golden Circle, which is pretty close to Reykjavik, but because I had already done that years before we skipped it in lieu of going to a few further places I felt nostalgic about. And yes, we also skipped the Blue Lagoon (it’s not as romantic as all the ads make it look, haha). We started in Reykjavik and went on to Hellnar, then drove through Hofsós and Dalvik to Akureyri and Húsavík (the furthest town we got to). We then drove back toward Reykjavik, making a stop at Þingvellir (a beautiful rift valley where quite literally you can see the earth shifting), and ended back in Reykjavik with a day trip to the southern coast. Aside from the jaw dropping scenery and bizarre energy, some of our favorite moments were simply having breakfast with our Airbnb hosts along the way. Below is more or less the route we took…