Iceland // Day One – Reykjavik

Wow, it has been a whirlwind of a month! Between Seattle, New York, shooting and attending weddings, planning Yoga & Yarn, and a promotion, I could not be more grateful but a little overwhelmed with life. To top it off, Art & I got engaged in Iceland! I was completely surprised when he proposed, and it was definitely the icing on the cake of an already wonderful trip.

Iceland is really a photographer’s dream. With so many vast and unique landscapes – waterfalls, glaciers, mountains, volcanoes, beaches – the variety is endless and each thing is more beautiful than the last (to the point where we got very spoiled and started saying “it’s just another waterfall”). There are too many photos to share, so I’m going to blog a day at a time.

We started our journey after a short 4-hour flight from Boston to Reykjavik, the capital city with only  about 100,000 people. We landed at 6am and headed straight to Cafe Loki for some traditional Icelandic food.

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Smoked trout on earth-baked rye bread and dried fish!

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Around Reykjavik…

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Icelandic Fish and Chips!

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After walking around like jet-lagged zombies for a few hours, I was doing dancer’s pose by the bay for a quick photo, when these two ladies walked by and literally yelled “There’s a free yoga class at the Harpa tonight!” Talk about fate and the universe aligning itself. Aarona Pichinson, a teacher from New York, had organized a free class with a small orchestra that was going to happen THAT NIGHT! I was beyond ecstatic, and it was one of the most amazing experiences of my life. Practicing among Icelanders on my first day in a foreign country to beautiful live music…wow. It was really a dream come true! One of those moments where you think about how every single one of your actions leads to something else that is meant to be. #gratitude

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That night, we drove about 40 minutes east of Reykjavik to the middle of nowhere in hopes of seeing the Aurora Borealis (Northern Lights). Skies were clear, and you have to be away from any lights. It was definitely scary, but we pulled off on the side of the road into quietness and nothingness and waited…it was well worth it. I like to think that it was because I channeled the word “aurora” during yoga class that we saw a glimpse…and even managed to capture a shooting star!

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Holy moly, Iceland, you blew our socks off on the first day!

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