A summer picnic in Iceland

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Will you forgive me for posting two picnic stories in a row? As I mentioned on my last post, there have been so many picnics this summer. Most of them in Seattle, but I have to tell you I love having picnics everywhere I go. Let’s get outside – rain or shine. Today I want to show you some images from a picnic we put together in Iceland with food photographer Áslaug Snorradóttir who cooked us a kaleidoscope for the senses.

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As part of my Iceland workshop with Ace Camps, I wanted to take students on a picnic shoot on some beautiful landscape. Videy Island is a short ferry ride from the Reykjavik harbor and the perfect location for a day trip away from the city.

By many coincidences and definitely by fate, I met Icelandic food photographer Áslaug Snorradóttir on my first day in Reykjavik. I had found her book on Icelandic picnics a few hours prior at a local bookstore and I was smitten. Her fun personality came through her images – full of color, texture and an immense sense of humor. I knew I wanted to work with her the minute we sat down for coffee. She had all these ideas for the food she was going to cook for us. A large pot cooked over a campfire filled with sausage, potatoes, mussels and then colorful salads with wildflowers. Her sensibility for strong color translated into her food. Effervescence as I later described her.

She provided her beautiful vintage tableware and together we styled a country picnic for our students who found themselves in food photography heaven. The ceramic and wood spoons are a result of a collaboration between Ólöf Erla Bjarnadóttir and Margrét Guðnadóttir. Beautiful pieces. And to top it all, we ate like there was no tomorrow.

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I have to thank Áslaug for providing so much inspiration for all of us. If you travel to Iceland, be sure to pick up her cookbooks at any of the bookstores. Her work makes me happy.

And I also wanted to let you know that this story was actually featured in Conde Nast Traveler. There I provided what I believe to be essentials for laid back and memorable picnics. You can read the tips here.

Here is to more picnics to come!

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27 Responses to “A summer picnic in Iceland”

  1. As always, Aran, your words and photographs are so lovely and inspiring. Thank you for sharing your creative gifts with all of us!

  2. Rosa says:

    Fantastic food and views! I’d love to visit Iceland.

    Cheers,

    Rosa

  3. Kreetta says:

    Looks lovely and was even better!!!!
    Thank you Aran, Áslaug, Angela and all the lovely ladies :)
    This trip I’ll remember. So much fun and great moments.

    xo
    Kreetta

  4. Angela says:

    Wow! Now I am really envious! A visit to Iceland is on my bucket list but it is about as far away as you can get from my current location in Southern Tasmania. The food looks divine and eaten in such a beautiful location I bet even baked beans on toast would taste good!

  5. I could go to Iceland even without a picnic, it’s definitely on my list of beautiful places to visit. Amazing pictures!

  6. I swear I could stare at these photos all day long!

  7. Jenny says:

    How beautiful! I just want to dive right into those pictures. I love the vibrant colors of all the food. =)

  8. What a beautiful summery picnic in the wintry Iceland…..amazing clicks and makes me want to pack a picnic right now.

  9. Jessica M says:

    So beautiful! I visited Iceland in the winter during 3 hour twilight as my only light and didn’t get to explore as much as I wanted so I love getting more glimpses into this beautiful country. Looks like it was still rather chilly even in the summer! There’s no such thing as too many picnics, thanks for sharing these images, and I’m definitely going to check out Aslaug’s work — those utensils are so gorgeous!

  10. Sabine says:

    No one could mind to watch such beautifully photographed picnic scenes. The pale sky seemed to be an ideal canvas to paint on with colorful food! Just amazing!

  11. Meinhilde says:

    This looks so beautiful (and delicious). I’ve always wanted to go to Iceland, and this might just be the kick in the butt!

  12. Such a beautiful country! You capture it well in these shots. Much greener than when I was there in November…

  13. I can’t imagine a more beautiful setting for a picnic. Absolutely gorgeous!

  14. Carol says:

    Stunning pictures – thank you so much for sharing your travels and I look forward to seeing more picnics!

  15. How on earth could I be bothered by you sharing these absolutely gorgeous images with us? Thank you!

  16. Oh Iceland… on my list of places to visit. Looks so magical. I’m so glad you decided to organize this picnic (and that you decided to share it with all of us) because I felt like I was right there with you.

  17. Elisa says:

    Beautiful, inspiring pictures!

  18. El says:

    What a gorgeous picnic. So glad you had a wonderful time!

  19. shruthi says:

    What a beautiful picnic Aran! Thank you for sharing such joy with us. Looks like a scrumptious picnic (grilled rhubarb? Gotto try that!)

  20. Marina says:

    So beautiful pictures from the Island I love so much. I have now visited Iceland three times but can not get enough of the fabulous landscape and the magical atmosphere.

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