A sunset in Iceland

Back in the USA!

Well I’m back in the USA for about a week for unforeseen circumstances. That’s okay! I do love New Zealand and everything, but I’m pretty much happy anyway. I think this is an important thing… to not be thinking, I’d be happier THERE. You can be chill pretty much anywhere. Sure, you have preferences, but it doesn’t really matter.

Daily Photo – A sunset in Iceland

I have not been to Iceland in about four years, but I've had many photographers tell me it's gotten very touristy. I kind of believe that and I kind of don't. The thing is that Iceland is so big, and most of the best places are not even places tourists would know. Go out around the fjords and get lost. There is so much coastline and water and mountains! If you go off on some nice hikes and walks by yourself, you won't see another human in ages.

A sunset in Iceland

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2010-06-13 00:59:55
  • CameraNIKON D3X
  • Camera MakeNikon
  • Exposure Time1/30
  • Aperture8
  • ISO200
  • Focal Length28.0 mm
  • FlashNo Flash
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

  • susan ratcliff

    sooo beautiful Trey! 🙂

  • I completely agree with you, on both counts, Trey. My first trip to Iceland was in 2011 during which time I drove around the whole island. It was fantastic and I only saw large groups of tourists at a few places. I returned to Iceland in 2016 to run a photography tour. It was a great success, but we were largely locked into an itinerary determined by the tour company I partnered with. And, as you can imagine, it was based around the popular tourists sites in the south of the island. And tourism to Iceland has exploded over recent years. Apparently it’s busy year around. We did manage to do a few lengthy hikes into the interior which was fantastic and provided the peace and tranquility we were all looking for.

    Next time I return I’II definitely be looking at driving around the entire island again. I know it will be busier than 2011, but nothing like the south of the island. And, as you know, there’s beauty around ever corner in Iceland.

  • Chadwick

    I’ve just come back from a week in Iceland. We were doing the south coast route, up to Jökulsárlón, and whilst the road was generally quiet, there were buses of tourists at the hotspots. However, step away from the car park and the visitor numbers immediately dropped.
    However, there are big changes. I was there 2 years ago, and there was very little infrastructure at even the big sights. Now there are proper car parks, with charges, fences, signs, toilets etc. The volume of visitors means that the tiny percentage who drop litter are now more people, so litter is appearing. Likewise, paths are being worn down more quickly and replaced with tarmac, boardwalks or stabilising grids. The paths are wider too, especially where tourists walk around puddles because they haven’t got the right footwear (they don’t need it on a bus tour).
    It’s not a disaster, but we are witnessing how mass tourism and unspoilt nature just don’t work together. The more popular Iceland gets, the more we destroy the very thing they come to see, in order to cope with the visitor numbers and prevent the tourists themselves destroying it.
    And yet, if you simply go somewhere that is not a tourist hotspot, the ‘old’ Iceland is still there. Unrestricted access to the countryside, not a soul in sight and incredible scenery. I too will be returning to Iceland, but to spend more time in the north, possibly driving the ring.

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