November 22, 2016

It's Sometimes Sunny in Reykjavík

Call it climate change. "Call it the luck of the Icelandic." Call it whatever you want, it made for a once-in-a-lifetime trip for our pal Kyle Meck. We sent Kyle some of our favorites from this year’s Outdoor Collection and let him test these pieces out in the regal landscapes at the edge of the earth.

Unseasonably mild weather let Kyle and his pals deviate from the tourist-heavy towns to Iceland's famed Ring Road, which circumnavigates the entire island nation. Driving along the dirt paths less traveled, they were treated to 18 days of tent camping, hiking, and photographing Iceland’s natural splendors.

Iceland, Kyle Meck, Reykjavík

The North Atlantic rarely rolls out the red carpet like this, but when the clouds and freezing winds part, and the region's hospitality shines through, it's tough to top. Awaiting our pals were pristine waterfalls, icebergs, and hundreds of miles of vacant asphalt, all just waiting to be explored. Awaiting our pals were hundreds of miles of vacant asphalt, and some of Iceland’s finest scenery alongside it.

80% of Iceland’s energy is generated through hydroelectric power, so it’s really no surprise that one key feature of the trip was the crushing roar of waterfalls. Water dictates so much of life for the isolated island nation, it’s only fitting that some of the most dramatic and persistent aspects of its landscape would be breathtaking water features like the omnipresent waterfalls and remote northern fjords.

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After long days spent channeling his inner-TLC, (“Chasing Waterfalls?” We’re sorry. Couldn’t help it.) you’d expect Kyle would have wanted a little rest at night. But it turns out you lose your desire to sleep when the spectral presence of the Northern Lights is shining above your campsite.

Of course, sleeping in after a late night of watching the sky is simply not an option either. You’d hate to miss out on any of Iceland’s beauty when basked in the dwindling sunlight, so early mornings were a must. Under normal circumstances we’d have felt bad for the guy, but given what his trip entailed, we’re inclined to say a 5am bowl of oatmeal eaten off the back of a car has never looked so appetizing.

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