Iceland in the winter has been in my bucket list for a few years… and honestly the reason that we didn't do it sooner is that we were afraid of the cold. :) But this winter we finally decided to do it. Made the needed preparations and got all the necessary gear to keep us warm and up we go… And oh Gosh, how rewarded we were.
Iceland in the winter is FAIRYTALE… It’s so MAGICAL… It’s hard to put in words. It’s like a different world… Absolutely amazing.
For us - THE CITY PEOPLE - that was very needed trip. A “going back to nature” trip. And what a nature Iceland has… we were so blown away.
What about the cold… Honestly guys, temperature wise it's not much different then winter in NYC, with the little difference that in Iceland we were prepared with 2-3 layers of clothes - thermals, 2 pairs of warm socks, 2 layers of cashmere sweaters…scarfs, hats, gloves and a big warm jackets… Come on, we know that even in the coldest days in the city we don’t really get that prepared. ;) For us the most difficult elements was the amount of sunlight, about 5.5 hours of sun above the horizon - the sun is going up around 10am and is going down around 5pm.
Before we went I made a lot of research about what I need to bring, so I won’t get surprised from the weather. In my suitcase I had a few cashmere sweaters and joggers - they are warm, light and let your skin breath; some jeans; a few pairs of stable, warm, preferably waterproof boots (if one get wet you need to have another one to change) and a few different jackets - the weather in Iceland changes every 5 min so you need to have something lighter and something warmer. We went through just about every kind of weather difficulty you can imagine - rain, wind, hail, snow, sand and cold. The whole time I was keeping like 3 different jackets on the back seat of our rental so depending of the conditions I could always be prepared.
Reykjavik city center is quite small, but very charming one of the main things that you have to see are Hallgrímskirkja church (take the elevator to the top for amazing 360 view) and Harpa Concert Hall. For my city walks I chose Vince Camuto Faux-Fur-Trim Belted Coat in gray, I wanted something more neutral on, where my red lipstick will gonna pop. The jacket was warm enough with more city feel. I combined it with my favorite cashmere joggers and Asos snow boots. One of my main accent on this trip was my Nathaniel Cole trapper hat (similar here). I have brought 5 different hats with me, but ended up wearing this one almost the entire time. It perfectly suits the conditions in Iceland.
When I looked all the pictures of the people visiting Iceland I always seeing ones with the Icelandic horses... (I love horses so much) and I was hoping that we will be able to see some. Little I know they are everywhere by the road. We stopped like 3-4 times to play with them and to take some pictures. Here I'm wearing my new Burberry Puffer Jacket. I love this jacket so much, the lining of it it's so cool and I love the way the hoodie pops. I bought this jacket specialy for Iceland because I wanted a nice, comfortable, bright red jacket that would stand out on the snow white scenery. My jeans are the J.Crew high rise toothpicks (lately I'm buying my jeans mostly from J.Crew, they fit me perfect and also has good quality at reasonable price).
Photography by Steven Jaramillo
Talking about scenery... I’d never seen waterfalls like Iceland has. One of the most impressive ones was Seljalandsfoss. This waterfall is famous because you can actually walk behind it. This was something we weren’t able to do since the path was closed, because the ground was frozen anywhere near the waterfall and would have been really dangerous to walk. Even if you can’t see it from behind, the waterfall is magnificent from the front. I'm wearing my SAM. jacket. Honestly it took me so long until I found this jacket. I was looking for something in this exact shade of blue.
Talking about jackets. I think that is absolutely necessary that you bring to Iceland with you a Canada Goose one. For me this is the best winter jacket of all time and I don't think I would have survived there without it. Here I'm wearing it with my Everyone cashmere joggers and the best purchase I made this winter my Sperry snow boots (I bought this one from J.Crew but here you could find their full variety). My sunglasses are by Miu Miu and my FURTALK pom-pom beanie that I bought from Amazon.
This is probably the favorite photoshoot I ever had. In Iceland you could literally stop your car in the middle of the road and start taking the most incredible pictures. Just look at the sky... My knitted bag is by Sonia Rykiel and perfectly balanced the look. My boots are old Michael Kors.
The black sand beach was probably the thing that I was most excited about and it didn't disappoint. Honestly guys it's hard to put into words. It was very magical. The way the big waves meet the black volcanic sand. It was absolutely amazing. That's why we went there twice... and if we had more time I was ready to go a third one.
The one thing that Steven was most excited about was the epic plane wreck on the black beach in South Iceland. This is the absolute photography paradise. In 1973 a United States Navy DC plane ran out of fuel and crashed on the black beach at Sólheimasandur, in the South Coast of Iceland. Fortunately, everyone in that plane survived. They took everything valuable from the plane and left just the wreck there. To get to the plane after you park your car you need to take about an hour walk, but it's absolutely worth it.
Our very first activity in Iceland was the Blue Lagoon. We had a not too long flight (4.5 hours from JFK) but it was a red-eye. This was the perfect thing to do right after arriving in Iceland since it’s right next to the airport and it’s a nice way to relieve some of the jet lag. It was still pitch black outside when we arrived in 8am. If you are planning on going to the Blue Lagoon, make sure to buy your tickets in advance. We saw some people showing up and trying to buy tickets there and couldn’t get in. We booked ours in advance. But on our second day of the trip we decided that we would love to stop there again on the way to the airport. In this way we will start and finish your incredible Iceland experience with the Blue Lagoon. Unfortunately there were no more available tickets. Next time we will definitely plan it in advance.
It was really cool to arrive in complete darkness and watch the sunrise from the Lagoon. It was such a relaxing way to ease into the trip! If you go, make sure to put up your hair and not get it wet, or rinse it multiple times with the provided conditioner. The silica (which turns the water blue) in the water also makes your hair stiff if you don’t wash it out. That's why I had my hair in a french braids (and also because I didn't want to have to deal with it during the trip). My swimsuit is by La Blanca.
Our trip to Iceland was probably one of the most exciting trips we ever had. That's why we decided to do a video from it. It's my first video ever so pls excuse me if there is some things that are not quite right... the next one will be better. Watch it and don't forget to subscribe and to give me a thumbs up and please share your comments with me, I would love to have your feedback.