Tag: travel

Hitting the Trails in Iceland


If you are traveling independently in Iceland and have the time to spare, there is no better way to appreciate the beauty and tranquility of the country’s¬†varied landscapes than by foot. When you take the time to get out of the car (or bus) and see the world without the filter of auto glass shielding you, nature assaults you with its sounds, sights and smells all working together. Besides, as a favorite Chicago band of ours, Poi Dog Pondering, sings: ‚ÄúYou get to know things better when they go by slow.‚ÄĚ At Take a Hike Photography, you could pretty much guess this is our theme song and motto!

Iceland has so many different topographical features to explore that you cannot possibly exhaust the list of trails in a single trip. Even so, we did our best to put some kilometers on our hiking boots. Here are a few of our favorite treks. (more…)

Photographing Iceland’s Waterfalls: Part I

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Iceland is a nature photographer’s paradise, and there is a plethora of fantastic subjects to shoot practically everywhere you look.¬† Sometimes we felt there just weren’t enough hours in the day to shoot it all, and, with 20+ hours of sunlight, that’s really saying something! From lunar landscapes to rugged seaside cliffs, from grandiose glaciers to gushing geysers, Iceland has it all. And, if that weren’t enough, the country is teeming with waterfalls. Everywhere. They come in all shapes and sizes, and many that would warrant state park status in the US hardly get a mention in the guidebooks or a spot on the map. In fact, there are so many waterfalls in Iceland that many of them aren’t even named.¬†¬† (more…)

A Practical Guide to Independent Travel in Iceland

Krafla Lava Fields

Matt and I were recently asked by our camera club to put together a travelogue program about our trip to Iceland in the summer of 2012. Even though that trip¬†was almost two years ago now, it finally gave us the motivation¬†we needed to process and edit the thousands of photographs and video clips we shot while we were there. We spent a lot of time working on our presentation and are¬†really pleased with the final result, especially because it reminded us so much of what an amazing¬†time we had traveling in that incredible little country. What a place! It’s hard to believe that a country the same size as Kentucky has¬†so much to offer. You can see the highlights of our summer¬†in Iceland in this short video:

This blog was born in Iceland, and we’ve come a long way since then.¬†In our next series of posts, we will be¬†sharing some of our best pictures, videos, and travel/photography tips in a way that we couldn’t when we were first posting¬†from the road. We also hope¬†to update some of those¬†earlier posts with new and improved pictures and related videos to help give a better sense of what it was¬†really like to experience¬†Iceland.

To help get started, we thought we would begin with a post explaining¬†some of the practical aspects of traveling in¬†Iceland‚ÄĒyou know, the basics of visiting¬†any foreign country‚ÄĒhow to communicate with the locals, what¬†to eat, how to get¬†around and where to sleep. We think¬†this will be¬†useful to anyone entertaining the notion¬†of going¬†to Iceland, but we also hope¬†it will be enjoyable¬†to those of you who just appreciate¬†traveling vicariously.¬†So here goes! (more…)

The Boundary Waters: Choose Your Own Adventure

HDR Sunset on Lake Two

Choose Your Own Adventure
What’s the first thing you do when you get on an airplane? I don’t know about you, but I am one of those people who immediately opens up the in-flight magazine to study the world map and check out all the cool places I hope to travel to in the not-too-distant future. This slight obsession with maps is one of the things that makes traveling in the Boundary Waters right up my alley.


The Boundary Waters: Love at First Paddle


This summer marks the eighth time that Matt and I have spent a week of our summer canoe camping in the Boundary Waters. Tucked in a remote corner of Minnesota’s great north woods, it’s one of our favorite places to travel when we want to get away from it all and one of the Midwest’s best-kept secrets.¬†Matt was introduced to this area almost twenty years ago when a college friend of his organized a ten-day trip for him and their buddies. As you might have guessed, it was love at first paddle for Matt, and what’s not to love? (more…)