This is the recap from day 1 and 2 in Iceland.
I'm combining these two days since the first day wasn't too exciting. We landed in Reykjavik about 7 a.m., took the 45 minute ride to our hotel, dropped our bags off at the hotel and started wandering the city. Reykjavik was my least favorite part of the trip, but it was still a great time, lots of great food and cool sites.We found out that this was their Independence Day and they were having a big celebration. This is one of only a few days a they are allowed to fly their flag (more on that later). We eat lunch and walk out of the restaurant to the president of Iceland in the city square giving a speech. We had no idea what he was saying, but just the experience of seeing a president speaking was cool. After meeting up with Courtney Craigand Mickey Dye who had a later flight than ours, we went back to the town square to watch the Iceland/Hungary game with all the locals on a giant TV. It was really cool to see how excited the locals were about making the European qualifications. After a few hours of walking the downtown area and grabbing some local cuisine, we headed back to the hotel and called it a night.
As a part of the package we purchased for this trip, breakfast was provided at each of our hotels, and it was the same exact array of breads, cold cuts and raw fish at each location. It was a little difficult to find something appetizing, but we made it work. However according to my wife, the coffee was the best she had ever had. I'm not much of a coffee drinker. After breakfast, we got into our car and started the drive around the Island. I popped in some Sigur Ros, the band that sparked my desire to go to Iceland back in college.It is difficult to explain the landscape of the country: rolling hills, jagged mountains, glaciers, volcanic craters, greens and blacks, snow and water falls, glaciers and more all blend into an other-worldly beauty. I'm so lucky I got to experience it. Our first stop was Heimaey Island. We had to take a ferry to get there. The weather wasn't very good. About 45 degrees with rain and 50 mph winds, but we hiked around it anyway. We wanted to go to a section that had Puffins (think miniature penguins), and ended up on a golf course next to the ocean. The huge waves and cliffs made this a special place. You can see the beauty and fierceness of mother nature together which was awesome. We were soaked, cold and tired, but we loved every second of it.On the ferry back to the mainland, the seas were very rough and we were hitting 10-15 foot waves that were crashing over the top deck of the massive ferry. I was too busy trying not to get sick to see any sites from the ferry itself. From there, we decided to check into our hotel, take a breather and head out to see our first waterfall up close. It's name is Skogafoss and this was taken at around 11 p.m.
Ryan Smith, a Berry College graduate and former photojournalist, is a fine art photographer. He is well-known in Rome, Georgia for his unique perspective and captivating images. His art can be found on the walls of the local hospital, businesses throughout Rome and in the living rooms of art patrons all over. While a majority of his art is focused on the city of Rome and Berry College, he is also renowned for his "decay" photographs, which bring a beautiful perspective to areas others would view as deteriorated. Ryan's most recent project, the White Piano, has blurred the lines of his styles. Beginning in the world of decay, the White Piano has ventured throughout Rome and Floyd County for some of the most acclaimed photographs yet.