This was the trip of the open road, no itinerary, and free discovery. Renting a camper from Happy Camper and Iceland’s liberal laws about open camping meant I could drive where I wanted and sleep when and wherever I felt tired.  Some of the best moments of this trip were entirely unplanned, like unexpectedly arriving at the Thorofoss waterfall after deciding that I absolutely should take a gravel road “shortcut” to Þingvellir, driving around a beautiful fjord to arrive at Husavik, nearly losing a shoe (if not a foot) on a poorly planned hike, feeling like the only person in the world as I drove around the Lake Mytvan area, and enjoying curry in Akureyri. And that doesn’t even include arriving at Godafoss at sunrise or eating the best hot dog of my life from a little stand in Reykjavik.

For all of my photos from my March 2014 Iceland trip, visit here.

In Iceland, you can see the contours of the mountains wherever you go, and the swell of the hills, and always beyond that the horizon. And there’s this strange thing: you’re never sort of hidden; you always feel exposed in that landscape. But it makes it very beautiful as well. –Hannah Kent