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Eye Spy in Iceland – Photo Essay

Play Eye Spy in Iceland with my favourite photos from my latest travel adventure exploring Iceland including, waterfalls, planes and cute Icelandic Horses.

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To say that I am obsessed with taking photos when I travel is an understatement. I spend hours trying to capture the perfect shot. Most of the time failing miserably.

But every now and then I create something that I am really proud of. Especially as my photography skills have evolved.

In the past I have shared my favourite travel photographs as “Photo Essays”. But I have been wanting to create a new photography series on this travel blog. So today I am pleased to introduce “Eye Spy”. You can use these photos to keep yourself (or the kids) entertained next time you travel by trying to find and capture these same photographs.

To kick-start the new Eye Spy photo series I wanted to showcase my favourite photographs from Iceland. A truly magical destination that resulted in over 1,000 shots in just 7 days.

Eye Spy in Iceland

Eye Spy one wooden bridge near Silfra dive site.

Diving in Silfra Iceland Photos

Diving in Silfra

Eye Spy a path between two tectonic plates splitting.

Silfra Tectonic Plates splitting in Iceland

Eye Spy one Geysir erupting.

Geysir erupting in Iceland

Eye Spy Icelandic mountains created and weathered by volcanoes and glaciers.

Iceland Mountain Photos

Eye Spy traditional Icelandic Viking Huts.

Iceland Viking House

Eye Spy curious, stumpy and wide, Icelandic Horses wanting to be patted.

Icelandic Horses

Eye Spy glaciers of all sizes floating and reflecting in a Glacier Lagoon.

Glacier Lagoon Icebergs

Eye Spy a waterfall you can walk behind while staying dry.

Seljalandsfoss Waterfall Photo

Eye Spy a waterfall that draws the crowds close.

Skogafoss Waterfall

Eye Spy a sunset before the Northern Lights dance across the sky.

Sunset in Iceland

Eye Spy a glacier you can walk on hundreds of years old.

Solheimajokull Glacier Walking - Ice Climbing

Eye Spy a plane crash on a deserted beach.

Plane Crash on Solheimajokull Beach near Vik

Eye Spy three giant rock stacks whose legend says they were giants caught by the daylight.

Three Giants Rock Stack - Reynisfjall Point

Eye Spy a cliff and a hole in a rock.

View to Dryholaos from Reynisfjall Point

Eye Spy a lighthouse, the tallest building in Southern Iceland.

Villingaholt Lighthouse Beach

Tell me… Have you been to any of these spots in Iceland? And which is your favourite photo?

 

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28 Comments

28 Comments

  1. Nat

    April 25, 2013 at 9:01 PM

    Great photo’s capturing Iceland’s beauty! Hope your trip was full of adventure.

    • Cole Burmester

      April 26, 2013 at 10:29 AM

      We went hiking, diving, ice climbing and much, much more 🙂 So definitely full of adventure. Will try to get more posts up but travelling for the next 2 months so it will be difficult!

  2. EurotripTips

    April 25, 2013 at 10:35 PM

    That is all kinds of awesome. I love the vertical shots – they give a brand new perspective and grandeur to the landscape! Good job.

    • Cole Burmester

      April 26, 2013 at 10:19 AM

      I never used to put in the vertical photos until recently and love how it also breaks up the post a little bit more 🙂 But it definitely creates a very dramatic effect for destinations like Iceland.

  3. bronwen burmester

    April 26, 2013 at 5:48 AM

    They are all fabulous photos Cole and wonderful scenery but I think I like the icebergs all reflected in the glacier lake. Spectacular. Not really a place I had considered busting a gut to get to but your comments and photos are great! Maybe a Lotto win will help me get there. x

    • Cole Burmester

      April 26, 2013 at 10:16 AM

      It is quite similar to New Zealand but just more compact. Mountains, glaciers, geysirs and the beach are all within a few hours drive of one another.

  4. Home Town Travel Guides

    April 30, 2013 at 3:33 AM

    Fantastic photos!Those landscapes are almost unworldly. Love those long-haired horses too!

  5. Moss Burmester

    April 30, 2013 at 1:22 PM

    Awesome photos! Have wanted to get there and now really want to see Iceland.
    I think the plane photo should be entered in a comp, it makes you ask questions, like “what happened?” “did anyone get killed?”. It is very cool, also like the top of the cliff one, as I can see you are living life on the edge!

    • Cole Burmester

      May 3, 2013 at 3:18 PM

      Apparently the plane was an American Army plane that had to do an emergency landing. Luckily no one was killed!
      And you definitely need to make it to Iceland bro. Such a beautiful country.

  6. Debbie

    April 30, 2013 at 8:58 PM

    Great photos! Absolutely stunning. Have not yet been to Iceland, but now I definitely want to experience it!

  7. Samantha

    June 9, 2013 at 9:51 PM

    Wow! I’m in awe of these pictures, especially the one with the cliff. Now I really need to go to Iceland it looks absolutely breathtaking! Just gorgeous landscape and scenary

  8. Kristy of Family Visa

    June 18, 2013 at 5:53 AM

    I am totally smitten with those pictures that you’ve taken. Nice shoot and keep us entertain about the beauty of the world through your lens!

  9. Rob

    June 29, 2013 at 8:37 AM

    Stunning pics mate! Beautiful colours and landscapes.

  10. Ferrial Pondrafi

    September 5, 2013 at 1:21 PM

    OMG! those are stunningly beautiful. especially the plane crash.

    • Cole Burmester

      September 6, 2013 at 8:10 AM

      Thanks Ferrial 🙂 I plan to do a post about how to find this secret plane spot soon!

      • Ferrial Pondrafi

        September 9, 2013 at 8:45 AM

        you’re very welcome. 🙂 Oh anyway, do you have any picture or perhaps ever take any pictures of abandoned amusement park? i think that’s really great.

        • Cole Burmester

          September 11, 2013 at 4:13 AM

          No I haven’t done that but have seen some beautiful photos in the past. Would love to find some abandoned buildings or amusement parks to explore though!

  11. Nathalie

    March 23, 2014 at 8:30 PM

    Wow! Those are fantastic! We are planning our trip to Iceland as I’m typing this reply – I will be sure to try and find the plane – I think it would be cool to see! I think my favourite shot is of the cliff – I can’t explain why – it’s just fabulous!

  12. Nelvino

    March 25, 2014 at 6:20 AM

    Lovely pictures… check out my experience in Iceland n let me know what u reckon…pics are not like yours 🙂

  13. Escape Hunter

    March 28, 2014 at 2:47 PM

    Crashed plane… wow, that must have been one heck of a sight!
    Love Iceland. I still think it’s rather green than icy and ironially we call Greenland “green”, when the expression “Iceland” would be more appropriate. Should the two islands switch names? 🙂

  14. christine

    July 9, 2014 at 7:58 AM

    I love Iceland. I went in the winter, it looks so different!

  15. koh

    September 12, 2014 at 3:34 AM

    hi Cole, marvellous pictures! and thanks for sharing, just wondering what camera you use to take the photos?

  16. Fabiana

    January 8, 2015 at 9:03 AM

    You have some amazing photos here. I have wanted to visit Iceland for some time now and it looks like I’m finally going to be able to do it.

  17. Valen-Travel Scamming

    September 25, 2015 at 8:39 AM

    I am researching a visit to Iceland right now. Your pictures have definitely made me excited to go! Love the one of the glaciers!!

  18. Como conquistar uma amiga

    December 25, 2015 at 12:11 PM

    Great Article, Amazing Photos

    I found this very beautiful place I want to visit soon

  19. Mark

    July 24, 2017 at 6:49 PM

    Lovely pictures…
    its a very helpful post thanks for sharing this information

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Tips for Making Any Overseas Trip a Romantic One

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Vacations are a great way to leave our everyday lives behind to spend some stress free time with the one we love. Travel in itself can be quite romantic but there are definitely ways you can spice up your holidays even more.

Follow these helpful tips to make sure your romantic holiday gets off on the right foot and continues to head down the tunnel of love and passion. You can easily turn any part of your travels into a special romantic affair.

Choosing the Right Destination

A romantic trip starts with selecting the right destination. There are definitely cities and regions which are much more prone to sparking romance than others. Beauty may be in the eye of the beholder, but generally destinations such as popular European cities, beach getaways, Asian resorts, luxury ski resorts, or tropical islands make for a good choice.

Couples should pick a destination which they both will enjoy as this will of course make it far easier to express their love for each other.

Choosing the Right Time

It is a good idea to select a time that will be most appropriate for your holiday. Choose a time that is easy for you in regards to taking time off work or from household duties. This will make it far easier to feel relaxed while on your holiday, allowing you to focus more on fuelling the romance.

You may also want to research when the best time is to visit your chosen destination so as to avoid peak crowds or unideal weather conditions.

Choosing a romantic date to travel such as an anniversary, honeymoon, or birthday can also turn any holiday into one filled with more passion. Travelling during Valentine’s Day can make for an especially romantic holiday of which there are many perfect Valentine’s Day destinations.

Fly Business Class

Although your destination may be exhilarating, the flight or flights to get there can be stressful. Minimise the stress of flying by booking business class where you’ll enjoy the VIP treatment with far more comfortable seats which many times convert into a bed allowing for a decent rest while in the air.

As a bonus you can many times be granted access to luxurious airport lounges when flying business class which makes waiting for your flight much easier as you are treated to free food and drinks along with clean bathrooms and seating areas.

Private Transportation

Public transportation can not only take longer to get to your hotel or attractions in your chosen destination, but they can also kill the mood for you and your loved one. By booking private transfers via your hotel or on your own, you can avoid buses, trams, and trains which can be crowded and noisy.

Choose a Nice Hotel

It may be difficult to find romance if you are staying in a dodgy motel or hostel. Be sure to book quality accommodation which has private en suites and clean furnishings. Remember that your vacation is supposed to be an escape, so make that escape the best it can be with premium toiletries, fancy marble bathroom floors, plush pillows, quality linen, and a nice hotel room view. All of these luxuries will make for a far more romantic getaway.

Eating Out

Nothing can ignite romance more than delicious food although preparing it isn’t always that much fun. One of the best aspects of travelling is that it gives us an excuse to not have to cook.

Seek out popular restaurants that offer a romantic setting, quality service, and mouth watering flavours that will leave you passionate for more than just satisfying your hungry stomach.

Get Dressed Up

Although you and your loved one may look good in any light and attire, it is never a bad idea to put on your Sunday’s best. It can sometimes be difficult in our everyday lives to find occasions to get all dressed and made up, so why not make your holiday abroad an excuse to do so.

Although clothes may not necessarily make the person, a nice dress or suit and tie can go a long way to giving us a little extra special glow to spark a bit of romance.

Log Off and Put the Phone Away

Nothing can kill a romantic dinner or event than the sound of message notifications, phone calls, or emails. Any holiday should be an excuse to remove the stress of the online world or work and with romantic holidays this becomes even more paramount.

You want to be focusing your attention on the love you and your partner share or if travelling solo you want this time to focus on the beauty of the destination you have selected which may in turn bring you a bit of romance. Disconnecting is all about reconnecting; so log off and put the phone away!

Reduce the Risk of Stressful Situations

Stress can kill romance very quickly. When we are stressed we can easily find ourselves getting into silly arguments or bouts of criticism. Your holiday is supposed to be an enjoyable experience so don’t let it turn sour by making the possibility of stress to creep on in.

Don’t try to overload your itinerary with too much and avoid setting too rigid of a timeline. Prior planning is important to avoid any unwanted surprises or disappointments when it comes to securing reservations for flights, hotels, or activities.

Should anything go wrong during your travels, you want to have the peace of mind you are protected by travel insurance from InsureandGo. Travel Insurance can help when the unforseen happens while you are overseas.

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How to Plan a Trip to Iceland

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If you have ever heard the amazing stories about Iceland, they are all true!  If you’ve come this far into doing research about how to plan a trip to Iceland, I’m here to help you cross the bridge and fill in gaps so you can make your dream a reality.

As someone who has done this trip, I’m able to assist in every step of the journey.  I’ve boiled this down into cliff notes so you can do your own research after reading them and dig deeper into tours that will fit your personal preferences and budget.

First off, you are going to need to trust the Internet.  It’s a big place with a lot of information that can help you get there in one piece and not be stressed out.  Long gone are the days of visiting a travel agency and having someone plan everything for you – for a fee!  It’s your adventure, and you can know that every item is covered online, you just need to know how to look for it.

The best tip I can give you is to leverage the various Facebook Groups about Iceland.

Resource:  When In Iceland Facebook Group.

Next, you’ll want to decide when to visit Iceland.

The winter months will allow you to have more freedom as the tourism numbers are down.  However, this comes with the caveat that it will be below freezing and there will be very little sunlight!  The sun is only out for approximately six hours during the month of December!

On the positive side, this allows you a great opportunity to view the Northern Lights, which is a marquee attraction in Iceland.

Conversely, the Fall and Spring will bring you better temperatures and less snow, but there will be a much slimmer chance of viewing the Northern Lights.

Lastly, there are the Summer months.  While you will see a greener country and experience a lot of beauty on that end of the spectrum, it does come with a much higher price tag.  Be prepared to spend more money if you choose to visit Iceland in the Summer.

Also, you’ll want to have an agenda.  If you are one to take things in on your own and adventure into the wild, Iceland will be a perfect escape for you.  There are also guided tours that you can hire and they will accommodate to your every need or desire.  Simply ask anyone in the aforementioned Facebook group and they can steer you in the right direction.

You can of course, do public transportation in Iceland.  It’s entirely safe and used by many people.

Iceland is a fantastic, unique place to visit.  If you need any help planning your trip, please visit my Iceland Tour guide resource and leave a comment.  Happy Travels.

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Overlooked and Underrated Euro Vacations

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Here’s a quick list of places to possibly include in your next European itinerary. 2018 is the year of the underrated vacation spot in our humble opinions, and we want to honor it.

Basque Country:

This place is in this author’s humble opinion easily and hands-down the most underrated little corner of Europe.

And honestly, between the two, the Spanish side of Basque country is going to cost you probably around 50% what the French side will, and most people in the know will agree that the Spanish side is at least 100% more fun!

 

Canary Islands:

There are two ways to do the Canaries: simply fly in and enjoy them, or treat yourself and a loved one to a romantic Canary Island cruise.

Best time to visit is definitely either spring or fall, as it does get quite cold in the winter and quite hot in the summer. If you are a beach bum, on the other hand, summer is best (but there will be a lot more tourists in the summer).

 

Siena, Italy:

This city is often overshadowed by Rome, Florence, and Venice, but it actually is arguably the best-preserved city in Italy and has the best historic city center. The cuisine here is absolutely to die for, and you won’t have to pay inflated tourist prices like you will in the aforementioned places either!

If you can, try to make it for the famous Palio, a horse race that has been going on literally for centuries.

 

Brussels:

Just as Siena is overshadowed by other bigger Italian cities, Brussels tends to stand forgotten next to London and Paris. But Brussels has key elements of the two metropolises, as well as its own unique and delicious cuisine, its own beer (considered by more than a few experts to be the worlds best), and easily the worlds best chocolate, both in solid and drinkable form. Belgian chocolate will seriously change your life forever.

 

Istria, Croatia:

This is one of the world’s best summer beach destinations. It’s incredibly beautiful, and by Western European standards, almost outrageously cheap.

Hipster tourists are starting to come in and drive prices up, but it still remains a great bargain by any standards, and most importantly, it’s a bargain without really having to give up any of our beloved amenities.

 

Budapest:

Budapest could be called the poor man’s Prague, but in reality that name isn’t very fair. For one thing, Hungarian culture and Czech culture are actually extremely different (for one thing, the Hungarian language isn’t in the same family as the rest of Europe, it’s its own thing completely, like the Basque language).

Prague is gorgeous, but it’s getting almost as expensive as the rest of Europe too, and honestly Budapest’s history and culture is much more interesting, especially for the seasoned traveller.

 

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