What’s the best way to explore Iceland as a landscape photographer? Many photographers swear by camper vans: you can drive up to the best location, scout it during midday, then stay overnight to shoot until sunrise.
A campervan is a tempting way to see the best of a country for many reasons:
- Flexibility: rather than commit to a fixed itinerary, you can stay longer in a particularly stunning area or move on altogether without being tied to reserved accommodations.
- Cost: by combining your accommodations with transportation, you can save on expensive B&Bs and gas for extra trips from your accommodations to the landscape.
- Location: imagine pulling up to exactly the area you want to hike and photograph, shooting until dark, then continuing to shoot at dawn. Especially in US national parks, where affordable accommodations are often an hour’s drive outside the park, that makes for a much easier wakeup call to catch the best light!
I’m traveling the world for a year to photograph its unique landscapes, starting with Iceland. I thought these were all great reasons, so I rented a campervan for the 19-day trip. Unfortunately, the experience hasn’t been what I expected. Specifically for winter photography in Iceland, I wish I could revisit some decisions. In this vlog, I cover some of the pros, cons, and nitty gritty details to keep in mind when renting a campervan.
Have you rented a campervan for photography before or are you considering one for an upcoming trip? What has your experience been like?