Iceland - day 14

The day before last, on our way back to Reykjavik. Weather was still not good, a lot of clouds with tiny bits of sun coming through here and there. First we went to see yet another waterfall - Glymur. You need to take a hike to get there (and walk across the stream) and the road may be steep at times but it’s worth it and it’s not very demanding. What is useful, especially after a rain - is a set of trekking shoes.

When we went up almost to the top of the trail we had an amazing, almost idyllic view on the waterfall. The sun shown itself for a moment creating a beautiful rainbow in the gorge and there were seagulls flying inside of it as well. It was like looking at a natures masterpiece. Unfortunately it was practically impossible to catch on camera.. :(

Somewhere along the road we stopped and I had an opportunity to photograph some Oystercatchers. I’ve seen them before but they were hard to photograph without anything to mask myself. This time they were skittish too but allowed for some decent photos.

We continued on our journey towards Reykjavik.

Last stop for that day was Þingvellir - national shrine of Iceland. It is a key location in Icelandic history as the oldest existing parliament in the world first assembled there in 930 AD. Þingvellir has for this reason been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Additionally, this place has also unique geology and natural features - a canyon Almannagjá, formed between two tectonic plates, a visual representation of continental drift.


Iceland - day 6

The night between fifth and sixth was at the most amazing camping, Thakgil (þakgil). The drive there was the most amazing part. Yellowish-green hills with nothing but grass and moss, black road and breathtaking views. We didn’t see much while going there because the weather was nasty, thick fog, a bit of rain. But we already had a feeling this is something special. While we were driving and driving on a bumpy road (supposedly only for 4x4 cars but normal vehicles got through as well) we finally arrived at the camping site which was a nice field, surrounded by hills, basically a closed arena. It was raining so we went to the cave which was a designated cooking and eating area. The evening was very nice as well, there was a big group of German tourists. They had a lot of alcohol and their own radio which they used for sing-along to old 80s disco hits. It was actually fun to sit nearby. We also talked with other campers. Really nice, fun evening. And in the morning, while we were going back to the main road, we could really see all the beautiful landscapes. Something Hobbit like, magical land.

After coming back to the main road we set course to the famous black beach near Vik. The beach was beautiful indeed but the amount of tourists was bugging me again. We weren’t there early enough to get some decent photos without them. Maybe next time…

One of the farms along the road.

Another interesting stop on our journey was Fjadrargljufur gorge. Last few kilometers before the gorge were pretty neat as well as we passed fields of yellow-green moss on the rocks. Very surreal surrioundings. The gorge itself was really magical, even in the rain that greeted us there. I hoped to be able to take a walk downstairs but the water was too high to go in in trekking shoes. So, only upstairs trail, but it was magical.

More of colour yellow followed us along the way as we were driving towards Fagrifoss waterfall. This time, 4x4 road F206 was really for 4x4 cars only. The road was pretty bumpy, with a lot of holes and one bigger stream we had to ride through. I was really hoping for a chance to do that. Boy, was I happy like a kid in a candy store. :)

Found along the way. :)

Close to our camping site at camping Svinafell, we stopped to to check our plans for tomorrow - glaciers Skaftafellsjokull and Svínafellsjokull (left and right on the photo below). This photo shows how magnificent Icelandic landscape can be. Barren land, ceiling made of clouds and possibility to see mountains far ahead due to lack of trees. Much more breathtaking to see it live.


Germany 2017, day 6

On our last day we had 3 distinct stops. The first one was a lovely little city Mittenwald with wonderfully painted buildings. Sort of essence and a postcard of Bavaria. It’s also famous for the manufacture of violins, violas and cellos.

Next we went to Leutascher Gorge which is right next to Mittenwald but already in Austria. Very picturesque walk, slightly above 1,5km long. Maight not be suitable for people with fear of heights.

I enjoyed the walk very much but processing those photos was a nightmare. Whatever I did I wasn’t happy with the result (and I am still unhappy). I would have posted this a long time ago if it wasn’t for those gorge photos. Well, maybe one day I’ll re-do them. :) All the distortions are due to fisheye lenses.

Our last stop was in Ga-Pa (Garmisch-Partenkirchen) and a second portion of amazing paintings on the buildings. Enjoy. :)


Germany 2017, day 2

Second day of our trip was primarily used for visit to Partnachklamm gorge. You can park in Ga-Pa near ski-jumping hill and take a short walk towards the gorge. It's a lovely place, definitely worth visiting if you're in the area. Path leading through gorge is very picturesque any time of year, also very wet. :)