Iceland Pre Wedding . Ice Cave . Northern Light . Travelogue by Cole Kor
Our second trip to Iceland, more extreme when compared to the previous trip as it was winter season with only 4 hours daylight per day.
We need to chasing the light continuously for 3 days and shooting under the super freezing condition, I have to admit this is crazy… but definitely an unforgettable one!
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After the groceries shopping in the capital of Iceland – Reykjavik, we drove all the way to Jökulsárlón (glacier lagoon) for our first stop, as we have booked a private Ice cave tour (by Glacier Adventure) near this area.
*Our fearless couple did their registration of marriage in Iceland a year ago, southern sceneries have mostly been covered by another photographer from their previous trip, we just need to stay focus on the ice cave photoshoot.An info to share, Iceland is a country with no firework restrictions, you can buy firework as many as you can 2 weeks before the New year from Icelandic Association for Search and Rescue!
Yes, we bought a few for self-defense purpose applying to the shoot!
Day 1, Bad weather, the ice cave tour have to cancel so we proceed to Diamond beach. It was raining & windy whole day with 1 degree. After an hour of waiting inside the car, we left only 2 hours daylight, wait no more! I found a sturdy iceberg, observed & safety checked, suggested a crazy idea to the couple and glad that they willing to try! *This is the first & last shots of the day due to the bad weather. *Nikon D5 with 20mm & 600Ws strobe lights.
Day 2, we have a green light from Glacier adventure, proceed to Ice cave shooting! But first, half an hour of bumpy rocky road drive in! *For safety, hired an experienced tour guide is a must for ice cave tour!
followed by half an hour of rocky hiking…
Spectacular Glacier! (Dark color area is contained Volcanic ash)
This is the changing place for them… (tentage will be set up for sure!)
Super workhorse, work well in extreme condition!
In this super cold condition, everything has to act fast, doing my best to minimize the discomfort of the couple.
Alright, another half an hour of glacier hiking to our final destination! (Special thanks to our very nice tour guide, Mr. Sigurour! By helping me to carry heavy camera lighting system throughout the trip! Without his help, I might die in half way….)
Finally, the Ice Cave!
Fun fact: It was minus 3 degrees inside the cave, it’s colder than outside…
With carrying so many heavy equipments hiking in and out, encountered strong chilling wind blowing until my face felt so painful! It’s tiring but the rewards were priceless!
After a good rest & dinner, we out to Jökulsárlón for a night shoot with the stars, the northern light just happened unexpectedly! A beautiful gift attach with minus 6 degrees…
Day 3, Shooting along the way back to Reykjavik
It was a new year eve on our last day shooting, we decided to end it at Vik and celebrate with the firework, but the strong wind seems like not happy with our plan…
Hooray! weather back to normal but only for 10 minutes….
and snowy suddenly…
Snowy beach with oddly shaped rocky around, are we in kind of Sci-Fi movie scene??
Due to lack of manpower, 2 American tourist were assigned to a specific place to help up for the burning of fireworks. Wohoo~~ What a beautiful ending!
Northern light again on the way back to our hotel!
Video of spectacular fireworks in Reykjavik, started around 9 pm non-stop until 1 am plus~~
This Winter Iceland trip definitely one of the most extreme photography experience in my life.
Stay tuned for our coming up Summer Iceland series (it’s going to be a big difference series!)
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Won a total of 9 awards in different categories, of which, 3 were placed 1st. The awards also prevailed Cole Kor to be PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE QUARTER SPRING 2013.
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