Melinda Kumbalek (Germany)
Melinda Kumbalek, born and raised in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, USA, currently lives in Berlin, Germany and Ísafjörður, Iceland. Her first trip to Iceland was in 2001 to shoot a music video, while working at the time as a musician. She now works as a translator, and is the owner/managing director of a translation agency.
Melinda holds a special passion for the rugged landscape of the highlands and the remote regions of the Westfjords, as well as a particular affinity for the inhabitants there, both animal and human. She is an avid outdoorswoman with a preference for hiking, camping and mountain-biking, which enables ample time to study the details of the Icelandic countryside and experience nature’s moods and changes while in its midst. Being raised in a cold and wintry climate herself, she especially enjoys the harsh winters in the Westfjords and appreciates the hardships of living in such conditions. A camera is always part of her gear.