TRAVEL • SEP 2016 • ICELAND
It was not that many years ago when Iceland was just this faraway, mysterious land that I could never have dreamt to explore. And then Eyjafjallajökull erupted in 2010, disrupting air travel for over 8mil passengers, and with this strange twist of fate, also putting the magnificent island on the to-go list of tourists from all over the world. This is our version of the Iceland saga, one that took us on a 12-day clock-wise round island trip covering many key sights and some off-the-beaten-track spots too. Special thanks to our principal trip planner Lee Jing Cheong for pouring his heart into creating this beautiful itinerary while his rather clueless travel mates just sat back and enjoyed the sights and experiences.
Shot entirely on the Olympus Pen-F OMD & EM10 Mark 2.
Kicking off our grand Iceland saga travel compilation, through the eyes of the Olympus OMD and Pen mirrorless cameras, is a minimalist shot taken at one of the few waterfalls stopovers of the trip. While our journey may indeed have been peppered with heavy drizzles for more often than we liked, the gloomy, overcast skies had, in a way, complemented the otherworldly feel of many of the breathtaking landscapes that we have had the opportunities to explore. / Gullfoss Waterfall
Just a drop of Icelandic magic. / Jökulsarlón Glacier Lagoon
Our beloved Kia, the one who took all the dirt and the rain and the potholes and the general bashing of the rugged landscape for us in the past 10 days or so. As the layers of dust piled up on your body, you remained faithful and patient, ever at our service. We couldn't have gone as far as we did without you. So as we end our journey together as explorers and car, let us pose with you for one final time.
The last frog on the planet of the rotten eggs. / Hverir
All was well at the set of Ridley Scott's next apocalyptic movie. Until someone took out a selfie stick. / Reynisfjara
On our second day out on the ring road expedition, the drizzle and overcast skies retreated for a good few hours, giving way to this incredible lightshow right before us, our trembling hands working painstakingly on the tripod and the camera dials out in the dark chilly autumn night as we marvelled and struggled simultaneously to take it all in. What a night to remember.
The breathless ascent to breathtaking. Stumbled upon this striking #bigredchair just by the ring road. People kept asking if we brought the chair there, it was really bolted down to the rocks, what a unique piece of art installation.
Please marvel at the rich thick broth that was our lobster soup, our last meal of the trip on our way to the airport. / Bryggjan
The darlings of the island can be found dotting the sweeping landscape all over. These Icelandic horses' loving attention from excited visitors like us is pretty justified, given that they would readily come really close to you with the hope for food, letting you pat and camwhore with them. I can't get enough!
Truly overwhelming sight and smell indeed. / Hverir
Am sure a good portion of those wholesome Icelandic natural goodness goes in to every cup of the locally produced Skyr dairy product. Cheers! / Seljalandsfoss
The winding way we were. And the dangers of going off the beaten path.
Overwhelmed by the 4km trek in the heavy drizzle so we put ourselves out to dry. / DC-3 plane wreck at Sólheimasandur
I am a black bear. I am a white bear. Uh! I am a panda bear. / Hverir
Almost a torii.
Here comes Iceland's latest traveling music band - the Cliffhangers. / Reynisfjara
In 2km, sunny skies.
Finally found the whale of my life. / Whale-watching tour from Dalvik
The lighthouse that needed all the attention, be it night or day. / Dalvik
And here's a look again at the Malaysian synchronised iPhone shooters and their perfect 10 routine during the recently concluded Lost Boys games.
No speed no drama. One of those days where we had to depart before dawn to catch the next big thing in our itinerary.
To boldly go where no model plane has gone before. / Fjaðrárgljúfur
Right where we found our pot of gold.
Here's a testimonial to our luck, or rather the lack of if, with the weather on the round-island expedition. Those constant drizzles meant we're almost always wet and cold, though on a few key occasions, such as on the night when the aurora index was high and also during the glacier tour, we got a much-needed break from the rain.
This adorable furkid came running towards us while we're playing with the friendly sheep, and I thought he's trying to get all protective of a member of his herd. Turned out that he just wanna play fetch. / Mid-Hvoll Cottages
Looking for the lollipop of my life, and getting my bums wet and cold in the process. / Jökulsarlón
To infinity and beyond.
The hills are alive.. with the sound of shutter. / Stykkishólmur
Our resident nature expert has confirmed that Iceland has no snakes so yes frolic away in the bushes as much as you please.
Going whale-watching when there's already this giant whale up on the mountain. / Dalvik
We are happy to meet you too, Happy House!
The feeling of being able to perfectly line up the torii gates in a shot taken from a vehicle that's moving at around 90km/h.
The only thing to do when you see the sun for the first time after a gloomy 3-hour drive.
It's raining marshmallows.
The plain and beautiful.
Dreaming at sunset bay. / Reynisfjara Beach