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Made in Iceland

Written by 2 November 2011 19 Comments

There are girls who go to Paris for a weekend of shopping, others who spend a few days lounging by the beach in Spain. And then there are girls like Klara Harden, who wander off to Iceland to spend 25 days hiking all by herself throughout the lonely and stunning landscapes of the Icelandic highlands.

The young photographer and filmmaker from Austria had financed her trip through crowdfunding via starnext, asking the online community to help her reach the target of the €1250 she needed to go on the trip. Her idea inspired over 66 people to help, enabling the journey and with it a lot of amazing photos and one very special video, the young visual artist made.

In an interview with Nomad Earth, she comments on her feelings about the unique trip:

“I broke all of my personal records and overcame my boundaries. It was the longest, hardest and most adventurous enterprise of my life and I loved every bit of it. Never before was I that tired, happy, exhausted and bored by my own thoughts, never as alone, hungry and alive.”

We can not even begin to imagine what it must feel like to do something so extraordinary, so we simply watch in awe at the incredible courage of this one girl.

And here it is, the actual reason for this post – the 15 minute video Klara Harden made to document her journey. With over 60.000 hits in just 7 days it’s obvious that a lot of people are impressed with what she did. In the documentery, she shows the gorgeous landscapes she came across and shares some of her thoughts on being alone for so long, her fears of being in the wrong place and her joy of seeing things she never thought she’d see. Dear Klara, you’re a true travelette!


*all photos by Klara Harden


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  • Sonja said:

    wow, sounds like a great adventure and the video is just beautiful.

  • Ken Kaminesky said:

    What a nice story and beautiful images. Way to go Klara, I’m looking forward to seeing what you do next :-)

  • marie said:

    wow… absolutely beautiful.

  • Michelle said:

    Wow. That video and her story is incredible. She is such an inspiration!

  • Cailin said:

    Beautiful video!!
    My Iceland video from my March trip is kind of the exact opposite, its neat to see her all alone and then my video was me often surrounded by many people as I explored Iceland in a different way. I love both sides of Iceland and it will always be one of my favorite countries!
    Loved the video thanks for sharing! :)

  • Natalie T. said:

    Ahhmaazing video! Great find. I love her bravery and her honest, raw emotion. I’ll be sharing this on my tumblr. Fantastic. It makes me want to go to Iceland even more.

  • Cole @ FourJandals said:

    Stunning images and fantastic video – thanks for sharing it with us.

  • Sophie said:

    Gorgeous photos! And that’s one cool travelette :)

  • Andreas said:


    Nice article and thanks for linking back to Nomad Earth!

  • Amanda said:

    Beautiful video. If this doesn’t inspire people to want to visit Iceland, I don’t know what will! And, though it’s a minor detail, I really loved her song choices, as well.

  • Audrey said:

    Ahhh! Wonderful video and wonderful journey!! :D

  • Jade Johnston said:

    amazing video and photos!

    Jade Johnston – http://www.ouroyster.com

  • Zablon Mukuba said:

    there is so much to see in iceland and the thank you pic is really cute

  • Mark Wiens said:

    Extremely inspiring and exceptional video! I really enjoyed the entire production and the beautiful landscapes of Iceland – awesome!

  • Stephanie - The Travel Chica said:

    Absolutely incredible!

  • Mica said:

    I agree with Amanda, her songs choices were great. Really amazing video. Iceland looks beautiful- and the video skills were impressive.

  • Roy Marvelous said:

    Wow, this girl is something else!

  • Sam said:

    I love Iceland, amazing beauty to be found there. You’ve got some great photos!

  • John said:

    Wow. Having other people finance your trip. Interesting concept of “doing it on your own”.

  • Julie McNamee said:

    Excellent video – I felt for you in those scared moments, Klara. And glad to hear Fleet Foxes there – I don’t know why, but for me their first album sum up Iceland even though they’re from Seattle!

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