More than ten years ago now, I decided I wanted to go to Iceland based on a poster I saw in a few places around London. Photographs are the basis for much of my travel, even though I don’t take many myself, and actually have a rather unlucky history with those I have taken – the disposable camera on which I took my photos in Turkey was lost somewhere on my last day there; I accidentally deleted all of my photos from South America on the last day of my tour (Every. Single. One.); and the photos from my trip to Italy and France were lost when my mobile phone decided it no longer wanted to turn on anymore, and wasn’t that keen on transferring anything to the computer either. Nevertheless, seeing photos of places makes me want to see them in person, to the point of still wanting to visit Iceland even though I hate the cold.

Since then, and since moving back to Australia (which is obviously quite a bit further away than London was!) I have added Denmark, Norway, Finland and Sweden to the list. All based on photos I have seen, and also all cold. Mostly I would very much like to see the Northern Lights, but I also want to see the glaciers, volcanoes, and waterfalls, and yes, even the frozen landscapes!

Below are some of the photos that inspire me to want to visit.

Iceland Photo courtesy of http://www.iceland24blog.com/2014/12/best-time-to-visit-iceland.html

Iceland
Photo courtesy of http://www.iceland24blog.com/2014/12/best-time-to-visit-iceland.html

Denmark Photo courtesy of http://static1.squarespace.com/static/53714acce4b0bb13e3c90e93/t/547dfa34e4b0e1f3b2412f0b/1417542200686/international-moving-to-denmark.jpg?format=1500w

Denmark
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Norway Photo courtesy of http://onebigphoto.com/uploads/2011/11/highway-in-norway.jpg

Norway
Photo courtesy of http://onebigphoto.com/uploads/2011/11/highway-in-norway.jpg

Finland Photo courtesy of http://static3.visitfinland.com/wp-content/uploads/Kakslauttanen_igloos_3598.jpg

Finland
Photo courtesy of http://static3.visitfinland.com/wp-content/uploads/Kakslauttanen_igloos_3598.jpg

Sweden Photo courtesy of http://askarsgard.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/12/ajkleincover.jpg

Sweden
Photo courtesy of http://askarsgard.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/12/ajkleincover.jpg