Iceland Baby

Well my 2019 Iceland Equine Photo Tour is in the books! What a fantastic time was had by all attendees, the staff at Skalakot AND myself. The week before leaving for Iceland I guess I was a little stressed out, not sleeping enough or taking care of myself. So I left home feeling a bit under the weather, unfortunately it only got worse once I got to Iceland. However, thanks to a wonderful group and our fabulous head horse wrangler, Sanne, we were able to get to every shoot I had scheduled for the week. Thanks to Chef Robert at the farm we dined on the most delicious Icelandic cuisine all week. I’m not sure which was a bigger hit our main courses or the decadent desserts he lavished us with. He even made the most beautiful birthday cake for one of the ladies in our group, I think he heard through the grapevine that chocolate was her favorite and he did not disappoint!

Yes as always we had babies! Of course, we had to spend some time with these little ones and their moms. We even had the treat of a newborn while we were at the farm!

We kicked off the week at Irafoss (foss is Icelandic for waterfall) with the herd but I decided to try something different. I wanted to have one horse (hopefully a cooperative one) to stand in front of the waterfall alone. Luckily with the help of Sanne we were able to accomplish my wish!

Once we discovered this beautiful boy, Frank (aka Blue Eyes), became our favorite model. Not only was he gorgeous but he had two blue eyes AND was extremely cooperative!

Then there is the Lupine, yes it’s literally everywhere! Did you know that Lupine is not native to Iceland? It was brought in to control erosion and grew out of control. It sure is pretty and when you put a horse in it, then that quote “Horses make the landscape more beautiful” by Alice Walker is so true. The bird life in Iceland is abundant, although the Arctic Terns weren’t happy with us for disturbing them. 

We did make our annual trip to the Glacial Lagoon and Ice Beach but while the gang headed out to explore and photograph I tried to get some rest. A nice warm rock on the beach was the perfect place to take a nap! On our way back to the farm that afternoon we stopped at this beautiful cascade right by the side of the road. I couldn’t resist, even though I’ve photographed it several times it still calls to me.

Of course, I love Iceland in color but some scenes are so dramatic they speak to me in Black and White. The Black Sand Beach of Vik or a group of horses running in that iconic landscape.

As always I’d like to say a huge thank you to Jóhanna and Mummi, the owners of Skalakot along with their fantastic staff. Sanne always gives us personal attention and no matter what we ask for it’s always granted. #onemoretime is a photographers motto because we will always ask to see if it’s possible to do that again! 

So many more fabulous images from this tour but I will leave you with this one as it’s one of my favorites and something I always wanted to try but just had to find the perfect models.

Our lovely head wrangler, Sanne with our horse model extraordinaire, Frank. Yes, their eyes really were that blue!

If you think you might like to join me in 2020 please send me a message.

I’d love to share “my Iceland” with you!


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  1. Judy Solomon July 9, 2019 at 5:27 am #

    Love the photo of Frank in front of the waterfall. Absolutely beautiful!

  2. Greg July 9, 2019 at 2:39 pm #

    Phyllis, what beautiful images. I always enjoy seeing your photos but these are truly exceptional. Very well done!

  3. Sarah July 14, 2019 at 9:13 pm #

    What wonderful photos! I’m so jealous that I had to cancel at the last moment. Frank would have been once of my favorite models for sure. I especially LOVE the photo of Sanne and Frank’s eyes.

    • phyllisburchettphoto July 22, 2019 at 10:15 pm #

      Hi Sarah, so sorry you had to cancel too. I don’t want to make you feel even worse but I think we had the best weather I’ve ever had on one of my tours. I hope you are doing better, hugs to you both!

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