Iceland Engagement | An American Girl and Her Viking

Kaelene met H (Helgi) in 2011 while studying abroad in Australia. Meeting someone special was not part of the plan at that time. Her focus was centered on two things, her internship and traveling as much as possible. Nonetheless she found herself falling hard for the guy from Iceland. Their journey to this very moment in time is quite interesting. So if you want to learn more about their love story, visit Kaeleen’s blog Unlocking Kiki.

We met up with Kaelene and H at Heiðmork. It’s the largest and most popular recreational park near Reykjavík. A location where millions of visitors enjoy nature and Iceland’s national pastime, hiking. It’s one of the only areas where you might be able to say there’s a forest. Well, maybe. You see Iceland is more about volcanic formations and hot springs than about tall trees. In jest some Icelanders will say “if you ever get lost in an Icelandic forest, just stand up”. However this country is spectacular in so many unexpected ways and a constant feast for the eyes.

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Their chemistry is undeniable. This Viking loves his American girl.iceland-engagement-destination-viridian-images-photography-3 iceland-engagement-destination-viridian-images-photography
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Adorable Icelandic horses greet our couple as they make their way back down from the mountain. They are the only breed of horse in Iceland and are typically used for traditional sheepherding, showing and riding. Incredibly friendly and approachable at all times. They will take all the attention you can give them.iceland-engagement-destination-horses-viridian-images-photography-8

They even serve as great models.iceland-engagement-destiation-horses-viridian-images-photography-9 iceland-engagement-destination-viridian-images-photography-10 Next up, the beautiful black sand beach of Þorlákshöfn where a long shoreline meets volcanic rock clusters of basalt.

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The one thing you can always count on in Iceland; the unpredictable weather. Constant wind gusts, intermittent sun and rolling clouds which seem to change intensity from one minute to the next. However unlike anywhere else, it feels perfect.iceland-engagement-destination-black-sand-beach-viridian-images-photography-17 iceland-engagement-destination-black-sand-beach-viridian-images-photography-18 iceland-engagement-destiation-black-sand-beach-viridian-images-photography-19 iceland-engagement-destination-black-sand-beach-viridian-images-photography-20 iceland-engagement-destination-black-sand-beach-rocks-viridian-images-photography-21

While shooting by rocks we stumbled across Minke Whales swimming just a few yards away. Normally one has to spend a good chunk of change to purchase excursions to see these amazing animals but we were blessed by their presence for a few brief minutes. iceland-engagement-destination-black-sand-beach-rocks-viridian-images-photography-22iceland-engagement-destination-minke-whales-viridian-images-photography-whale-26

Authentic Icelandic sweaters made by H’s mother are perfect for the cool wind gusts coming from the ocean.

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It was a blast to hang out with this beautiful couple for a few hours. We sincerely want to thank Kaelene for providing suggestions on where to go, what to eat and what to see. A great portion of our stay in Iceland was practically mapped out on her recommendations. Be sure to check out Kaelene’s blog Unlocking Kiki for further details on how to get the most of your time in Iceland.

This was undoubtedly a memorable trip. We enjoyed it so much that we’re already planning our next trip back so we can check out the west side of this magnificent island. If you’re interested in planning a destination wedding in Iceland or simply looking to elope; we’d love to speak with you about your photography needs. With special elopement packages and wedding collections, we can provide comprehensive coverage anywhere your love takes you.

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