Iceland - day 12

Day 12 and still crappy weather.. First we took a quick look at Isafjordur.

Then we moved on, our next target was, surprise, surprise - waterfalls! One of the biggest on Iceland - Fjallfoss also called Dynjandi. And few smaller ones at the same place. Aaand whatever was on the way. :)

Next stop on the way - wreckage of Garðar BA64. This is the oldest steel ship in Iceland. Originally known as the Globe IV, the large ship was completed in Norway in 1912 as a state-of-the-art-at-the-time whaling vessel. During its active lifetime it was sold around to a number of different countries before finding an Icelandic owner after World War II. After decades in faithful service to its various owners, Garðar BA 64 (a name it received in 1963) was finally deemed unsafe for service in 1981 and as opposed to being scuttled, the old ship was run aground in Skápadalur Valley where it remains to this day, rusting on the beach.

And now - one of the things I really badly wanted to see - Puffins! Incredibly cute, small birds with their worried look on their cute faces.. Ahh.. We arrived at Latrabjarg quite late so only 2 of them were still outside of their dens. And not afraid at all. At times 100mm at shorter end of my lenses was too close!

At Latrabjarg you can find many other species of birds although place is known primarly for Puffins and their accessability. Last 30 km of driving there was a literal pain in the ass and, in the end, in the head as well, as road was full of holes.. But that doesn’t stop tourists. :)

I also managed to capture Black-Legged Kittiwake with their young, but those photos are more of documentary value. ;)

Lastly, going back to civilisation and searching for a place to spend the night we drove by Hnjótur Museum. It’s hard to tell that it is a museum, but if you have a wreckage of plane in your backyard then it probably is. :)

Iceland - day 10

Day 10 started with Akureyri - the Capital of North Iceland. Lovely city in a very picturesque location.

More photos from the road number 1.

Glaumbaer (Glaumbær) - an open-air museum of traditional Icelandic turf houses. Such architecture provided insulation in harsh weather conditions and was also a solution to insufficient amount of wood available. I think that from all sites of this type, this was one the best. The biggest and also very well preserved. If you want to see the buildings from inside there is a need to buy a ticket.

Few more shots from the road. :)

Iceland - day 8

8th day meant driving into east coast of Iceland. Not many waterfalls there but a lot of amazing landscapes to photograph. I honestly had a hard time choosing photos to show and there are more that I wanted to show in the first place, but what the hell. ;)

After the night at Haukafell camping we rode to Höfn.

Next stop was little town called Djupivogur. We saw the most amazing landscapes driving there.

After quick lunch in Djupivogur we went further north along east coast, driving road number 1. We settled for the night at Egilsstadir camping before exploring north the next day.

Slovenia - part 3 - Bohinj Lake

A few shots from Bohinj Lake area and Savica waterfall (which is very near Bohinj Lake).

See also: part 1 , part 2 , part 4 and part 5.

Sweden - part 3 - rural areas, Eksharad, Rattvik

Fifth day started with Haverud Aqueduct in Dalsland area, place where road, railway and waterway meet.

We stopped at Ekenas, small village, very peaceful place. We stayed for the night at Ransaten Camping, nice place, 425SEK for a night.

Our 6th day started with Fryken Lake, then we went to Ekharad.

At the end of the day we spent the night at the greatest place during our whole visit - Camping Gronklitt Stugby Bjornen. It's not on a main track so it's not so obvious to find, but that's definitely worth it. 625SEK for a night at very high standard and very close to nature.

7th day - big car show at Rattvik. City is known for the longest pier in Scandinavia - 625m. Water in the lake was extremely clear.

While searching for a place to sleep we visited Camping Framby Udde.