To celebrate the growth of an adventurous community, a new initiative was born where members of the TruBlue Tribe share all the incredible adventures they’ve had from their favourite travels and recommend places to visits, where to stay, what to explore and best dishes to try.
For this first episode, the Vancouver based photographer Carson Kwok shares his experience and perspective about his last adventure to Iceland.
Iceland the land of lava fields, icebergs, incredible waterfalls and breathtaking views. Iceland, the wild, rugged landscape, the land of Vikings. And us four Canadians prepared to take the country on with an eight-day road trip.
Car rented, accommodations booked. Then comes the packing. How do you pack for a trip in a place of wildly unpredictable weather? It goes from cold, rainy weather in the South, to the volcanic, desert-like landscapes in the North. To prepare for the weather, our TruBlue backpacks came in handy. We were able to fit a lot of stuff into the bag - things like extra clothing and accessories, as well as laptop to edit photos. It was versatile too, we used the bags as our carry-on baggage during our flight there. While in Iceland, it became our hiking pack to carry important things like an extra jacket in case the weather changes. Rugged but lightweight, TruBlue The Original+ and The Patriot were perfect companions on our Icelandic road-trip.
Written and photographed by Carson Kwok
As mentioned, the best way to explore Iceland is by renting a car and take a road trip. The unpredictable weather and the impressive nature will make your journey challenging and for sure an unforgettable adventure. Check out the most recommended places you should visit in Iceland.
This impressive, hot, blue-teal lagoon, is the most visited place in Iceland. It is very close to Reykjavik which makes it convenient to visit. Since it is always very busy, make sure to book in advance. This perfect 38°C lagoon is very rich in mineral salts and fine silica mud making it a natural spa. Your skin will look like baby skin after being in the lagoon. There are change rooms and showers, so make sure to pack your canvas and leather backpack with your bathing suit and towel.
Dyrhólaey is a small peninsula located on the south coast of Iceland near a village called Vik. This place is known for its incredible landscape, the combination of the ocean, the unique black sand and the gigantic lava rock arches that erode from the sea. During the summertime, puffins come to nest in the cliffs at Dyrhólaey. The wind is strong and the sea tides change drastically, it isn’t recommended to enter the water, but you can have a picnic with a unique view. Pack your Patriot water repellent backpack with snacks and your favourite blanket and enjoy the afternoon.
Jökulsárlón is a glacial lagoon where you can admire the majestic icebergs floating in the ocean. The scenery in this place is incredible, and not many tourists come to see this natural wonder. During the winter time, the lagoon filled with fish attracts hundreds of seals. If you plan to visit Jökulsárlón remember to dress warmly as even in summer it can be a little cold. Pack your TruBlue Patriot backpack with additional gloves, socks and an extra sweater just in case.
Enjoy all the natural beauty that Iceland has to offer. Happy exploring!