Chillbrook Has Landed..

In Iceland!  Quite an adventure awaits exploring this amazing island of fire and ice and I can’t wait to get going.  Picking up a hire car at Keflavik airport this afternoon, I couldn’t resist taking just a couple of detours on my way to checking into my apartment, organising some groceries and unwinding after a very tiring day (and night).

I didn’t sleep at all last night.  I had a really good sleep Saturday afternoon and set off for Bristol airport at silly O’clock to make my flight at 7.30 this morning.  A three-hour drive, two-hour check-in, security, getting hooked up with the assisted passenger people, having myself and my wheelchair scanned labelled and loaded aboard the aircraft, it all took time..

A wonderful flight ensued, with clear skies over the west of Scotland it was easy to make out the islands of Arran and Mull.  For now, I will leave you with just a couple of shots taken on the drive from the airport in Keflavik to the capital, Reykjavik, where I will be based for the next ten days.  Well done to Lynn for guessing my destination.. :-)

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With the light changing in this second shot by the second, I became seriously excited about the coming days.  I just hope I can do this Island justice..

Click on the images for a clearer sharper view.. :-)

73 responses

  1. FABULOUS! And here I am, reading an article about booming Iceland in Conde Nast Traveller, wondering when I’ll get the chance to get there. Thrilled for you and can’t wait for upcoming posts. Until then, do you need some tips of where to eat in Reykjavik?

    November 16, 2014 at 6:51 pm

  2. Can hardly wait what you will produce Adrian!! Have fun there

    November 16, 2014 at 6:52 pm

    • Thank you very much Chris! :)

      November 16, 2014 at 8:44 pm

  3. Oh, you’re going to have a blast!!

    November 16, 2014 at 6:55 pm

    • Thank you Sarah. I planned this back in May I think when I saw some incredibly cheap EasyJet flights for Bristol. Before I know it I’m here. It came round so quickly. I’ll be sure to try and make the most of it! :-)

      November 16, 2014 at 8:45 pm

      • Hope you’re going to visit the volcanoes! One of the places I most want to visit in the world :-)

        November 16, 2014 at 9:07 pm

      • I’m hoping that’s on the agenda Sarah. Some incredible sights so far. This really is such an amazing country!

        November 19, 2014 at 8:04 pm

      • Oh, I shall really look forward to your galleries!!! I am living vicariously through your eyes and lens ;-) Sounds like you’re having a great time! Keep on enjoying it :-)

        November 19, 2014 at 8:23 pm

      • I shall do my best to allow you to experience the Iceland I am experiencing through my pictures Sarah! :-)

        November 19, 2014 at 10:48 pm

      • Thank you kindly :-D

        November 19, 2014 at 11:12 pm

  4. poppytump

    Aah Chill B … I cannot pretend I didn’t know ;-)
    Fantastic … and already I can see that you’re going to be in seventh heaven exploring this magnificent country … with SO much to see and appreciate I hope you have unlimited mileage with that hire car Lol .
    Your fabulous wide angle lens will have a real work out on this trip … looking forward to LOTS more pictures … but just as and when xx
    Enjoy !

    November 16, 2014 at 7:19 pm

    • Thank you so much Poppy. I know from your visit what a wonderful landscape this is and the fantastic photo opportunities there are to be found here. I brought a small external hard drive with me, just in case. Do you think 3TB will be enought? Catch up soon.. :-)x

      November 16, 2014 at 8:48 pm

  5. I am very impressed by your determination, and willingness to overcome limitations and difficulties in your search for artistic inspiration. The pictures are delightful, and that’s what matters most. I wish you continued success in your interpretation of the natural beauty of this far away land. Looking forward to seeing more.

    November 16, 2014 at 7:24 pm

    • Thank you very much Shimon. You comment means a great deal to me. So much to explore. I can already feel that this may turn out to be a place I return to perhaps many time. It’s only three hours on a plane but it’s a world away.. :)

      November 16, 2014 at 8:51 pm

  6. You have just arrived at your Eldorado, I can see from the marvellous photos “you couldn’t resist taking just a couple of detours on my”. Haha, I am just wondering, how will this end? Looking forward of course. Good luck and enjoy this wonderful island, that I have not visited yet.

    November 16, 2014 at 7:36 pm

    • Hi Bente! Thank you very much. I’ve got quite an itinery of places I want to see. I have a car, a GPS and Google Earth to point me in the right direction.. a voyage of discovery! :-)

      November 16, 2014 at 9:06 pm

  7. Breathtaking scenery Adrian. I’m really excited for you. What a great opportunity. Have lots of fun. :)

    November 16, 2014 at 7:48 pm

    • Thank you Sylvia. I’m very excited. This is the first trip away for a very long time. Just three hours from Bristol and I’m in a different world it seems. I’m certainly going to pack in as much fun as I possibly can! :-)

      November 16, 2014 at 9:11 pm

  8. You might get a credulous of views. I tried opening the link on my phone and it went on some kind of repeat mode, opening tab after tab of your post.

    Anyway, looks amazing . . . but was hoping for Greenland . . . that’s one country that shows zero views to my blog (Iceland has 6).

    Enjoy the trip, and looking forward to more photos.

    November 16, 2014 at 9:09 pm

    • “Credulous” was supposed to be “craploads” . . . obviously the auto correct is not all versed in my speecherisms.

      November 16, 2014 at 9:11 pm

  9. Have a great time, Adrian; looking forward to your photo’s.

    November 16, 2014 at 9:12 pm

    • Thank you Harrie. I’m looking forward to sharing them!

      November 19, 2014 at 7:50 pm

  10. The first photo’s you give us are very promissing so i’,m very curious to the pics you still have to make :) Hope you have a good holiday, and a great photografic time.

    November 16, 2014 at 9:34 pm

    • Thank you so much Ellen. I have so many pictures to process already and it’s only day 4 now. :-)

      November 19, 2014 at 7:50 pm

      • LOL keep on going, hope you have anough cards with you :)

        November 19, 2014 at 9:47 pm

      • I brought my laptop with an external hard drive just in case. I dowload the files to my laptop, my compact flash cards are good to go again.. :-)

        November 19, 2014 at 10:46 pm

  11. I’ve never been to Iceland, but it strikes me as a landscape photographers dream and so I think you’ll have a great time…..and I can’t wait to see the results 😊

    November 16, 2014 at 9:54 pm

    • Thank you Mark. Easyjet flights are cheap and this is an amazing country! :-)

      November 19, 2014 at 7:49 pm

  12. If that’s an example of what you’re up to, it should be a great visit, a wonderful time and some excellent photography to bring back home!


    November 16, 2014 at 11:52 pm

    • Thank you so much Nancy. This island is incredible. Every day that goes by it just gets more incredible. I love it here!

      November 19, 2014 at 7:48 pm

  13. Reblogged this on lasbonitachicas.

    November 17, 2014 at 12:20 am

    • Thanks for the reblog!

      November 19, 2014 at 7:48 pm

  14. from the bottom of the planet….I’m definately looking forward to more of your images. Iceland looks to be a photographers dream….i follow a blog called volcanoe cafe and it sometimes has incredible photos and information on volcanic activity in that neck of the woods….beautiful images : )

    November 17, 2014 at 5:33 am

    • Thank you Therese. I will take a look at the blog you mention. Thank you for your comment. I’m looking forward to processing and sharing some more of my images.

      November 19, 2014 at 7:47 pm

  15. What fun, Adrian….as Poppy says, you’ll be in seventh heaven! I’m really looking forward to seeing your images.

    November 17, 2014 at 8:57 am

    • Thank you Sue. I will try not to disappoint. I’m having such a good time though. The Weather is as one might expect for November but a November a lot further south. It was 10 degrees C today. The clouds are heavy, but when they break this landscape is breathtaking. Can’t wait to share..! :-)

      November 19, 2014 at 7:46 pm

      • Wow! It sounds great…I can just picture you with all your photographic equipment deciding how to take the next stunning shot after the last stunning shot 😄

        November 19, 2014 at 8:15 pm

      • I’m like a dog with two tails.. everywhere I look there’s a picture and when you have a destination in mind, getting there can take a while.. I have to limit myself or I’d never get anywhere. :-)

        November 19, 2014 at 10:51 pm

      • I know the feeling!

        November 20, 2014 at 8:24 am

  16. Oh you are going to have sooo much fun here. I shall look forward to the Icelandic beauty you capture through your lens.

    November 17, 2014 at 9:32 am

    • Thank you Jude! It’s been great so far! :-)

      November 19, 2014 at 7:44 pm

  17. Seems I didn’t have to wait long for your destination to become clear – perhaps there are benefits to only being able to catch up with the blogging world once a week or so! It looks as though you’re going to have a great time :)

    November 17, 2014 at 9:55 am

    • There you go.. It’s been an amazing few days so far Noeline. By the time you catch up again my time here will be nearly over.. It’s an incredible country. It’s really getting under my skin in a way I really didn’t expect. I will keep clicking that shutter!

      November 19, 2014 at 7:43 pm

  18. You + Iceland = a winning combination!! Have fun, Adrian! :)

    November 17, 2014 at 10:24 am

    • Thank you so much Camilla! I’m have a wonderful time so far!

      November 19, 2014 at 7:42 pm

  19. I had an inkling this is where you were heading, given your description of it in your previous post. Great shots with the promise of more to come.

    November 17, 2014 at 11:25 am

    • Thank you very much Lignum. It’s been an amazing few days.. So many images. I feel I need to stop the car every two minutes the scenery and weather are so dramatic and dynamic!

      November 19, 2014 at 7:41 pm

  20. Bizarrely, I had thought you might be headed to Iceland. Everything I have seen or read about Iceland has described unique landscapes and I am eagerly looking forward to seeing your images. Have a fantastic time, Adrian

    November 17, 2014 at 4:44 pm

    • Thank you Andy. It’s a fascinating landscape. Driving around today it reminds me in many ways of Scotland because of the colours but the relatively recent and ongoing volcanic activity as well as the actions of glacias that have shaped the landscape make it like nothing I’ve ever seen. I just hope my energy levels can keep up..

      November 17, 2014 at 5:36 pm

  21. Wishing you the best of times, Adrian…and I can’t wait to see more of your work from here.

    November 18, 2014 at 1:36 pm

    • Thank you very much Scott! Enjoying it very much so far! :-)

      November 19, 2014 at 7:39 pm

  22. You will love it there – the first shots are awesome and an indicator of good things to come.

    November 18, 2014 at 3:57 pm

    • Thank you Mary! :-)

      November 19, 2014 at 7:39 pm

  23. dramatic images :)

    November 19, 2014 at 7:25 pm

  24. Amazing images. Iceland is quite something different than anything else on Earth. I am sure you will have a great time. If these are only a few quick shots taken on the way to Reykjavik – how is this going to end! Enjoy the trip.

    November 19, 2014 at 7:42 pm

    • Thank you Otto! Iceland really is quite someething. It’s an alien landscape full of such breathtaking scenery. As I’ve said in the response to other comments, I’m just wanting to stop the car every other mile, the landscape changes with the light and the weather which is so moody, matching the landscape. I’m looking forward to sharing more images. It’s day 4 now and I have so many images. Lots of work when I get home, sorting through them, can’t wait! :-)

      November 19, 2014 at 8:10 pm

  25. This looks very promising, Adrian! Enjoy your stay. Amazing time of the year to go there, most interesting for photography and I’m really looking forward to your next posts.
    Have fun!

    November 20, 2014 at 5:42 pm

    • Thank you so much Dina. It is simply beautiful here!

      November 20, 2014 at 8:44 pm

  26. You are off to a fantastic start, Adrian. Your photographs are gorgeous.
    What a trip this will be, I’m looking so forward to you images.

    November 21, 2014 at 3:30 am

    • Thank you so much Karen. Sadly the trip is very nearly over now but I’ve two more days in which to pack in as much as I can. I’ve a lot of pictures to go through when I get home! :-)

      November 22, 2014 at 11:46 pm

  27. Wonderful shots, and I like your last sentence “I just hope I can do this Island justice” as I think you will be bringing a whole new look to Iceland as beautiful as ever ~ very much looking forward to your photos.

    November 23, 2014 at 9:52 am

    • Thank you very much Randall. I’m replying to this comment having returned home from the most amazing trip. I have many pictures to post over the coming weeks. If you do get the chance, make the Alaska trip! :-)

      November 26, 2014 at 6:13 pm

  28. Lucky for your followers, that you decided to take this journey. Wonderful so far!

    December 1, 2014 at 7:36 pm

    • Sadly the journy is over now Elena but flights are booked for the next adventure. In the meatime I have a lot of photos to post.. :-)

      December 1, 2014 at 8:41 pm

  29. You’re sweet for acknowledging me – it was a good guess, yah? :-) Waht a gorgeous landscape – the colors, the light, the openness.

    December 6, 2014 at 6:48 pm

    • Ah no worries, it was a good guess Lynn! It really is a stunning landscape. The weather changes quickly as does the light. It kept me very busy! :-)

      December 7, 2014 at 11:56 am

  30. Can’t wait to see more!

    December 16, 2014 at 9:19 pm

    • Thank you Jim! It was a great trip!

      December 17, 2014 at 7:23 am