In September 2017, during my few days off from work I took a hike to Snieznik mountain (1426 m a.s.l.). It was a cold, foggy day, but I just love walking through a forest in a thick fog.
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.
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. :)
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. :)
So this Sunday I took advantage of a lovely, spring weather and decided to go hiking. I picked up Bystrzyckie mountains, as this is the region I rarely visit. The weather was amazing, just recently I was still wearing my winter jacket. The amount of snow was a little too much though, I ended too many times up above my knees in the snow. Photos aren't anything special, but here they are..