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In contrast, Iceland was a shock to the senses. Whereas I was expecting Greenland to be 'the end of the world’, yet instead never felt far away from Canada, I felt much out of my element while in Iceland. Recovering from a recent economic collapse, and from the ashes of the Eyjafjallajökull eruption earlier in the year, Iceland was quiet and strangely empty. While driving the secondary roads around the island I would often spend several hours before encountering another car, seeing another person, or even passing a lone sheep.
When visiting the larger towns, I met Iceland’s lovely people, so welcoming and cordial. Iceland’s beautiful vistas, unpredictable weather and splendid glaciers enchanted me. I was bewitched by the remote fjords of the North - West and East. And I found the lush green pastures in the South of the country so rich and surprising.
By the end of my journey I had sailed 2,480 nautical miles in Greenland, and while in Iceland I had driven 3,440 kilometers around the country. I flew 15,589 miles from Vancouver to Reykjavik, to Kangerlussuaq and Copenhagen and home to Vancouver. This month-long travel was time well spent, and a beautiful way to mark a significant milestone in my own life.
Vida Morkunas grew up in Montreal and obtained a baccalaureate in music (piano) before earning a Bachelor of Arts (Economics), with graduate studies in Computer Science at McGill, and an MBA at Simon Fraser University. She is an enthusiastic hiker, kayaker, and runner who documents her adventures with high-end digital cameras. Vida’s outdoors wilderness images are licensed to the Washington State Tourism web site. Her work is also featured in a recently published book about portrait photography. Vida's outdoors photography was shown on four occasions at Exposure Gallery in Vancouver in 2006. Her work appeared on CBC’s Zed and Radio3 – and was featured in a seven-minute segment on Radio Canada. In 2007, one of her photographs from Ross Lake was featured in Sundance and SXSW in a short film directed by Laura Dunn and produced by Robert Redford. Vida visited twenty-four countries and speaks five languages. Vida currently resides in Vancouver, BC Canada