Every now and then you need something to reinvigorate you and remind you of your passions. If you’re reading this, there’s a good chance that for you (like me), it’s travel.
I’m writing to you from the quiet hillside of Ella, in central Sri Lanka. Everywhere I look there are rolling green hills and tea plantations. Life here is slow and easy. Most everyone comes here to hike famous Ella Rock, a tough 4-hour climb, which I tackled yesterday. What a huge feeling of accomplishment to make it to the top, especially as there were spiders and cobras in the tall grass I had to walk through!
Nothing lights up my soul quite like traveling.
Without the distractions of my daily life in New York, I’m living life the way I want to again. I’m writing, almost daily. I’m waking up each morning around 6 a.m. and catching the sunrise with a cup of coffee. I’m slowing down and enjoying every meal.
It’s like hitting the reset button on my life.
That’s why I’m so excited for our next Damesly adventure: Iceland.
There are few countries that take my breath away quite like Iceland. I first visited on a whim—I found a ticket for less than $200 leaving the next morning, so I packed my bags and ran—and I’m excited to get further into the country with an expert who routinely leads tours there for National Geographic.
Over the course of our 6-day adventure we’ll be getting off the beaten path to camp, hike, and of course, soak in their famous hot springs—all while working on photography with Claire Bangser, a professional photographer. I’m beyond excited to learn from Claire– she’s so incredibly talented and also a fantastic person.
You’ll also get to meet and connect with some other awesomely creative and talented ladies, like Aly, who made this adorable graphic:
It will be a week for the books, that’s for sure! Here’s a little more about it:
After scooping you up from the airport, we’ll head straight to the famous Blue Lagoon, where you’ll spend the afternoon relaxing your travel woes away. After that, we’ll have our first ‘Intro to Travel Photography’ workshop with Claire. If there’s time, we’ll watch the sunset over the water at the Grotta Island Lighthouse before dinner.
We can’t bring you to Iceland without checking out some of the famous Golden Circle sights. First up is Gullfoss, one of the most stunning waterfalls in Iceland. From there, we’ll visit Geysir, before taking a dip in the Laugarvatn Fontana nature baths. Later that day, we’ll take the ferry or drive to Heimaey Island.
Today we’ll explore Heimaey Island, a place most visitors don’t see. We’ll view some baby Puffins, hike to the top of a volcano, and eat dinner at Slippurinn, a delicious and authentic meal you won’t forget. Later in the evening, you’ll have an Adobe Lightroom workshop with Claire, so you can start processing your photos thus far.
Today we’re traveling to Vik, chasing waterfalls along the way. We’ll visit the famous Reynisfjara black sand beach and Dyrholaey arch and see Skogafoss, another stunning waterfall. If you’re interested in hiking, there’s an optional hike to Thórsmörk canyon (out of Skogar, near Vik). It’s a long 8-10 hour hike, which leaves at 10am from Skogar, but well worth the views. If hiking isn’t your thing, no worries! Some of us will visit Seljavallalaug, a nature bath with stunning views. It is likely we will be camping tonight, which means you’ll get to experience Iceland in a more authentic way.
Today we’ll drive from Vik to Jokulsarlon, a stunning drive along the coast to a glacial lagoon. Along the way we’ll see lava fields, and if there’s time, we’ll take a guided hike on the Vatnajokul Glacier from Skaftafell. Tonight we will stay in Skaftafell.
We’re returning to Reykjavik today, and depending on timing, we’ll walk around the city for some shopping (hello, cute Icelandic sweaters!). We’ll have one final group photo sharing session before departing for the airport for flights. We’ll be sad to see you go, but you’ll be leaving with an army of new awesome friends and some great photos, to boot.
What to Bring:
- A DSLR camera for photos
- Your laptop with Adobe Lightroom
- Hiking boots
- Warm clothing for nights and hiking
- Bathing suits for hot springs
- Sense of adventure
- Photo and editing workshops
- Your meal at Slippurinn, which will be the highlight meal of the trip
- Entrance fees to all parks and activities, like the Blue Lagoon
What’s Not Included
- Most meals (budget $150 for a week of meals)
- Gratuity for your guide
- Any shopping or additional activities
Right now the adventure costs only $2800, but that will likely increase in the coming months, so grab your seat now.
Every now and then we need something to reinvigorate and re-inspire us. This is it.
Will you be there?