Iceland | Eyesland


My friends and I decided to have our buddy’s bachelor party in Iceland. We took Iceland Air to fly into Reykjavik and I couldn’t help but notice the flight attendant closest to us. Now, I know what you’re thinking, yes flight attendants are generally good looking and there’s selection bias when hiring one. However, this was different. It’s wasn’t the uniform or all the cliche stuff, it was her eyes, big and bright blue, contrasted by the fairest skin I had ever seen and hair so blonde it was almost grey.

Wait, here comes another one, with bigger and bluer eyes, and fairer skin, and blonder hair!!! And another one!!! This time he was a man!!! And yes, I am comfortable enough with my sexuality to say he was one good looking mother*^%#. I started wondering, “is everyone from Iceland this beautiful?”

After we took off I waited till they were all together so I don’t look creepy just talking to one of them. I went up and said “Hi, my name is Waleed. I’m a photographer, and I noticed that all of you have really nice eyes. I’d love to take a photo of you if you’re okay with that.” They all declined and said they had extremely long days and weren’t up for it. However, assured me that everyone in Iceland had beautiful eyes and that I would have no trouble getting photos of them.

They were right. As soon as we landed every single person we interacted with took my breath away. And every single person we interacted with on this whole trip was the nicest and most helpful person I had ever met. I thought the Canadians and Omanis were nice, but Iceland is on a whole other level of nice.

On top of that, saying that the country is beautiful is an understatement. I would need to be a poet to describe it. We took an RV for 5 days and drove around the whole island. It felt like we were in a sci-fi movie where the terrain looked liked it was from a different planet. During the summer they have 24 hours of sunlight, so during sunrises and sunsets the sun lingers on the horizon for about 3 hours. The colours are soft pastel colours; Pinks, purples, mauve’s and baby blues.

Here are the photos of the people and landscapes of Iceland captured on my Fujifilm X-T2. Please share and leave a comment, I would love to know what you think.

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Waleed Shah
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