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Tramp Spotlight: Selfies in Iceland

Sunset over Landmannalaugar

One of my most memorable travel images of a very unique part of the world was the inspiration behind this Tramp Spotlight. A few years ago, I took a two-month journey through Norway and Iceland.  I spent about a month in each country.  My friend Dan and I took a 25-hour ferry ride from Bergen, Norway to the east coast of Iceland and proceeded to travel the circumference of the country via its only main highway.  We visited some absolutely amazing places.  However, there was a lot of driving involved, so we decided to stretch our legs a little and embarked on a 50-kilometre backpack along the Skogar to Landmannalaugar trail in southern Iceland.   

Talk about solitude!  We were in the middle of the Icelandic wilderness on our own for four days. Being around the summer solstice, we found ourselves hiking until 2 a.m on one of the days.  The sun hardly went down at the latitude we were at, which certainly made sleeping a challenge.  There is no place on Earth quite like Iceland.  The landscape, as devoid of trees as it is, is simply beautiful.   

We arrived in Landmannalaugar and soaked ourselves in some natural thermal pools.  We backpacked through the snow, rivers, rain and gorgeous sunshine.  Close to our campsite was a ridge overlooking a valley.  The low angle of the sun in the sky was casting some amazing, warm light.  My silhouette also appeared in the low corner of the frame, which added some scale to the scene.  I hit the shutter and made an image of a place I'll never forget.  This shot was captured with a Canon Powershot - a little point and shoot.  My Nikon D70 DSLR decided to no longer render itself useful back in Norway, so I had to rely on my trusty little Powershot to get me through the rest of the trip. 

I don't normally take photos of myself when I travel, so this is about as close as it gets for me when taking a selfie.