One of our top travel tips is to stay in an Airbnb when you travel, and especially to another country. When we traveled to Iceland, we opted to stay in an Airbnb in the residential area of Reykjavik. And, of course, we made a mini family session happen with our hosts, Vala and Hilmar! It rained for almost the entire time we were in Iceland (the sun came out to say hi just as we flew out!), so we spent some time indoors with them, their two daughters, and their son-in-law. They drank coffee, talked politics (they have an election coming up soon, too!), and quickly warmed up to our cameras. We stole outside for a few quick minutes in the rain with an amazingly warm blanket made of Icelandic sheep’s wool. The locals swear by their wool and are convinced that it will keep you warmer than the modern technology found in North Faces and the like!
We love that we were able to get to know Vala and Hilmar and their family. They pointed out photos framed on their walls of their family that were taken professionally over a decade ago, so they were excited to be able to replace them! Getting to stay in their home and learning more about Reykjavik and Iceland never would have happened without the help of Airbnb. We feel lucky to have had a safe, warm, home base location to come back to after explorations in Reykjavik and the south of the island. Traveling is so important, but it’s even better when you get to meet people during your journeys! Thanks for allowing us to capture these sweet memories of you and your family, Vala and Hilmar!
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