“The problem with driving around Iceland is that you’re basically confronted by a new soul-enriching, breath-taking, life-affirming natural sight every five goddamn minutes. It’s totally exhausting.” Stephen Markley
Something is brewing in Iceland that touches the Karmic senses. It`s a hotbed of stark and gorgeous realities of nature and a tour of this country excites your ability to "face the fire" of our urgent need to undertstand consequences. Some so beautiful yin, some so dangerous yangs. Apparently we can even find beauty in an active volcano and the Beast is in a Whaling tradition that is way overdue for change?
My previous trip to Iceland was a mixed bag of sensational and miserable but I can`t wait to get my senses fired up through another “Photo Tour” event in “the Land of the Elves”! I`m a “tropical” hike, beach, snorkel and Dive first traveler but Iceland and it`s layers of wet, cold, brilliant and Glacial moments stirs my soul hard and fast through an environment that astonishes even this beach bum.
So this is the ride through a fantasy tour littered with classic waterfalls (all ending in Foss), Geothermic Gysers, Lagoons and showers (90% of Iceland home water is heated geothermically and it keeps pavement and car parks snow free in the winter), where restless Volcanoes offer nature`s stark possibilities (no Icelanders seem worried?), Black Beaches littered with Glacial sculptures, Glacier and Mountain backdrops that scream “take another photo!”, and a Zodiak Tour through a “Glacial Lagoon” that will feed my dreamscapes for a very long time!
Iceland becomes a spiritual quest for myself and 8 new friends who share a passion for travel and photography that is too easy to feed in this Glacial world. Through Reykjavik, Gullfoss, Jokulsarlon, the Highlands and the Glacial Lagoon we try to weave an Oddessey of “captured moments” (the photographers quest) that tell a story of wonder and discovery! Every moment in this trip through Iceland is a measured success (regardless of weather) in opening my mind to the possibilities of Nature`s "grace and wonder”. But then I go to a group dinner and I`m served Minke Whale for dinner (I refused) and then I can`t wonder. I feel conflicted as Love is a complicated Beast in Iceland and I`m reminded how karmic travel is a 2 way street.
Sure, Mt Hekla is a volcano that is overdue to erupt but we stay clear of Hekla focus on the cool stuff! More people need to feed on this kind of discovery and share Nature`s Karma and this ultimate use of Nature`s cleanest energy. Maybe I`m a little naive but occasionally leaving the rat race for something completely different, like searching for art in an Iceberg or capturing the light in the "Aurora Borealis “ may Save Your World in more ways than we know? It has reinforced my personal worldview and maybe I can "pay this forward" by lobbying Iceland to appreciate the beauty of a Whale as another pure force of nature!
So here we are, 9 fellow traveler-photographers led by 3 world class Photo Tour -Workshop Guides who seem to be dedicated to offering us Iceland`s perfect moments when they aren`t inspiring our photo technique and post-processing possibilities. This was a 5 star karmic learning event for this photo traveler and Rick Sammon, Tim Vollmer and Susan Sammon are ‘The shit”!! I greedily hope to meet them again in the real life dreams of this planet-johnson? But I again need to try and influence Iceland`s awareness through the wonders of an animal as majestic and intelligent as the Whale! I think that the best of this Global Travel experience is a relationship where hopefully Iceland completes it`s fantasy and realizes it`s special bond with the best of Nature! This "very special" trip has reminded me that I need to give as much as I receive in this world of discovery. Just another high value moment for this traveler!