5 TIPS FOR TRAVELING TO ICELAND
1. Pack Bright Colors
This tip is essential if you are traveling to Iceland in the Winter. I wish I knew this before I traveled, but you live and you learn. Iceland in the Winter is very cloudy and with the exception of snow (not much when I was there) you'll have a lot of grays, browns, and neutral tones in your photos. Take a bright rain coat or scarf so you can stand out in all the amazing pictures you will take. Here are two pictures to show you the difference.
2. Pack Waterproof Clothes
There are many beautiful waterfalls to visit in Iceland. At Skogafoos, you can walk right up to the point where the water hits the ground. At Seljalandsfoss, you can walk around the waterfall. The point is that you can get up, close, and personal with these waterfalls and you WILL get wet.
3. Invest in a GoPro or Waterproof Phone Case
Iceland is very scenic and you will constantly be taking pictures. Between rain, snow, and mist from waterfalls, there is a 99.9% chance that your phone/camera will get wet. Invest in a GoPro or waterproof phone case for ease of mind. I've never used one of these, but I saw tons of people in Iceland using waterproof cellphone pouches.
4. You'll Need a Tripod to Capture the Northern Lights
If you are planning on seeing the Northern Lights, you will not be able to capture them "dancing" or capture a clear picture unless you use a tripod. If you're using a camera, you'll need a longer shutter exposure of about 10-15. Unless the camera is very stable (using a tripod) any exposure longer than 60 will result in a blurry picture. You can buy a a light travel tripod that folds up and fits in a back bag.
5. Don't Worry About Cash
I'm always diligent about taking cash when I travel or hitting the ATM as soon as I get to a foreign country. I was shocked when I left Iceland without spending a penny in cash. They literally accept credit cards EVERYWHERE so cash is one less thing you have to worry about keeping on you.