Postcard from Iceland

Hello from Iceland, a country I first visited in 2012 and left vowing to return.  I’ve just finished a week of photographing locations in the south and east part of this diverse and incredibly beautiful country and I’m already dreaming of my next return visit.

The wind and rain that challenged some photography locations was outweighed by the overload of natural elements that reminded us how beautiful the world can be.

And of course, there was “that day”: a 22 hour day that began with a stunning sunrise at Jokulsarlon Lagoon and ending with the Northern Lights dancing across the Lagoon, in a performance that can only be described as epic.

More photos and stories to follow…

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Kellie is a traveller and photographer who is most at home when exploring the world beyond it. Through the intersection of her travel, writing and photography passions, she shares her experiences to inspire others to create there own. The desire to live life instead of existing through it has introduced Kellie to inspirational locations throughout seven continents and from this a passion for landscape and wildlife photography has evolved. She feels a particular connection to the polar regions and Africa. You can see more of her photography at


  1. Hi Kellie,

    I can’t wait to see your posts. I am sure they will be amazing. I have already devoured all your Antarctica posts and am heading there in 8 weeks time. I am so excited. I am planning ahead and have booked Iceland for September 2015. So to see what your saw in September this year – well I can’t wait.

    I am so excited that you saw the Northern Lights. Fingers are crossed that I can be so lucky.

    My photography tour of Iceland is just 10 days long. As it is such a long way from Australia I am on the hunt for another option in the Northern hemisphere that I can do before or after my trip. Travelling solo makes options a bit limited. Any suggestions?

    Keep up the great posts. You are saved in my favourites and I love getting your email updates.

    All the best

    • Hi Carol, sounds like you have some exciting travel plans coming up! What Antarctica trip are you doing? I’m heading there in December this year, can’t wait!

      Great idea to add some time to your Iceland trip, as it’s such a long way from Australia. Have you been to the Northern Hemisphere before? The jetlag can be tough, so I’d suggest at least a couple of days in Reykjavik before the tour starts, especially as photography tours are tiring with the early starts and long days. As for an ‘add on’ trip, well the world is your oyster. You could always jump across to another Scandinavian country (although they are expensive), you could fly back to London (if that is where your Australian flight connects) and easily fill a week there or even see a bit of the English countryside (very easy as a solo traveller in the UK), you could fly across to Paris or Rome, or you could stop somewhere in Asia on your way back to Australia. So many options, makes it tough! What are you most interested in? Hiking, photography, food and culture? That may help narrow down your options. Feel fee to email me at if you want to brainstorm any ideas 🙂

      I have so many photos to edit and can’t wait to share them. I’ve also tried my first attempt at some timelapse photography, so we’ll see if I have anything that turned out worth sharing, fingers crossed.

      Happy travels 🙂

      • Hi Kellie,

        I have just seen your Northern Lights photos at Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon, Iceland. OMG!!!!! I dare to be so lucky. They are stunning. As soon as I finish writing this I am going to read your tips on photographing the Northern Lights. Then I will be ready if I get so lucky.

        Thanks for all the suggestions of places to go. I have actually solved the problem and I am so excited. Prior to my 10 day photography tour of Iceland I am doing a 15 day sailing and photography trip in the Lofoten Islands. I can’t believe I discovered this tour and to think that a month ago I had never heard of the Lofotens. I think it was seeing it on your BLOG that got me thinking. The sailing trip has just the crew of 3 including a photography leader plus 6 participants.

        I plan on arriving a couple of days before the sailing trip starts so that I can recover from the long flights. Then I have 5 days between the sailing trip and the start of the Iceland tour so plenty of time to travel over to Reykjavik and have a chill out and look around.

        With stopovers I now have a 5 week trip planned so it is looking good.

        I eagerly look out for your updates (I get the emails) as your BLOG is such an amazing read.

        All the best

        • Carol, that sounds like such an exciting plan. I LOVED the Lofoten Islands and I only had a few hours of light each day to really see how beautiful the landscape was. Sounds like you are in for a real treat, and you should see some great eagle action and hopefully some whales as well from the boat. I look forward to hearing all about it and fingers crossed for the Northern Lights! Happy travels and thanks for your support of my blog 🙂

  2. Kellie,

    I just realised that I haven’t replied to your question about where I am going in Antarctica. I am doing a 19 day trip with One Ocean on the Akedemik Ioffe. It takes in the Falklands, South Georgia and Antarctica. Even better it is a dedicated photography trip. The ship has a photography symposium which will be great to be part of. Even better I am travelling with a smaller group of 40 as a separate photography group led by 4 professional photographers. You may not have heard of Shem Compion or Denis Glennon (both wonderful photographers). But there is a good chance you may have heard of Art Wolfe and Frans Lanting.This trip will be amazing.

    As it is a long way to Ushuaia we (a NZ friend and myself) are staying on for some extra time and will visit the Perito Moreno Glacier and then over to Chile where we collect a hire car for a week so that we can travel in Torres del Paine – Patagonia.

    So not quite the travels you are managing but between 2014 and 2015 I think I am doing okay. I leave Australia mid November and get back just before Christmas. My cruise runs November 20 to December 8. Who are you travelling with and when? We may just bump into each other out on the ice. 🙂

    If you are wanting to have a little look at what I like doing you may like to check out my Flickr site at I have been a bit slow as I still have to add photos from my recent trips to Bhutan and The Kimberley of Western Australia.

    Happy travels.

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