We made the whole circle in three days
Sunrise: 11:24 am
Sunset: 2:47 pm
Winter Elopement in Iceland
Winters can be bold in Iceland. If we are lucky, as we were, there is no snow and wind is not an issue. But, years are not brothers and usually Iceland greets us with heavy winds and a lot of snow. Iceland can have the most fierce weather conditions that you can ever imagine. That is also the reason why it is also one of the most memorable and vivid experience you could expect. A true wonderland.
During our trip with Amy and Jackie, we went all the way around Iceland. Up north, the sun rises around 11:24 am and sets around 2:47 pm - that gives us barely 4 hours of daylight. Dawn and dusk are long and that also gives plenty of opportunities for photographs. Very often an extra light is needed. Heading up north can be impossible due to the snow. Also, when heavy snowstorms are preset the roads can be closed even close to the capital. If you plan going in winter, you have to be ready for a plan change. We were playful and changed lots of routs and plans on our way. Get ready for some hiking as well!
The ice cave is located in one of Iceland's biggest glaciers, Vatnajokull. The glacier is so massive that it encompasses several volcanoes and it stretches from the east coast of Iceland all the way to its western coast. We walked around exploring this beautiful place while we waited for the sun to come out and kiss our faces, as we were just waiting for that right moment when everything aligned perfectly in our favor: a tiny sliver of sunlight to grace us with its presence before disappearing entirely behind the clouds. Sunlight was our best friend, but also our greatest enemy because it was getting colder and colder by the minute and we had very little daylight hours available to work with.
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Iceland Ice Cave Elopement in Winter
Constantly changing and never the same. The one that was there a year ago is probably gone forever. That's why visiting them is unforgettable. Some of the caves are on the edge of the glacier but we drove all the way on it with a monster truck. Some unbelievable sunrise occurred and the ice looked gorgeous. It has difference shades when the light falls on it and it feels like walking on enormous spaceship out of this world. The best experience one Iceland Elopement Photographer could ever want.
An Iceland Ice Cave elopement is something truly special and unique. The beauty of this place is something you can't explain with words. At the same time, it's a very difficult place to work at, because of the fierce weather conditions and little daylight available.
We began our day by meeting at the hotel at 7:00 am. From there we went east towards Vatnajokull, the largest glacier in Europe. We stopped along the way for any photography that catches our eyes and then continued towards Glacier Lagoon where we explored some of the ice caves that form on the frozen lagoon. After exploring Ice Caves, we head over to Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon what can change overnight - the lightning, the weather conditions and the movement of the ice at the lagoon is constantly changing and often we visit it few times.
Adventure photography around Iceland
Iceland is an incredible destination for adventurous couples (or solo travellers). They wanted to celebrate their love in a private and intimate elopement, also to celebrate and see the most beautiful places around Iceland. We had booked a lovely Airbnb for them where we were stationed after a long day behind. We went from black sand beaches, to geothermal pools and mountains and rock formations. It was an adventure of a lifetime! Expect some long car drives but it's never boring as driving from the volcanic landscape to the fjords, glaciers, waterfalls and other awe-inspiring features, Iceland is a photographer's paradise and adventurous couples alike.