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 9

9th day was pretty much about lake Myvatn and it’s surroundings. The road there gave us pretty Martian-like landscapes with vast areas of land covered by almost nothing.

We stopped at yet another geothermal area called Hverir. The stench of sulphur was getting more and more annoying with every site like that that we visited. ;) But this one is really worth going to.

Hverir, another aspect of Martian-like landscape.

Myvatn Geothermal Area. And yes, water really had that colour.

Next stop - Grjótagjá cave. The place is not so obvious with tourists (yay!). Cave looks amazing inside, there is very little space but there is a good spot for long exposure photo. :) Locals used to bathe there till 1970s when water became too hot to use (due to volcanic activity).

In close proximity to the cave there is famous Dimmuborgir area. I call it Icelandic rock city as it reminds me of Czech rock cities (for example Adrspach-Teplice Rocks) where you just wander around various rock formations, although the composition of rocks is different. Quite big area to walk around and unfortunately we didn’t have time to see it all.

Now going directly to the lake itself. The name Myvatn translates into “lake of migets”. Very nice area, the lake is big and can certainly offer a lot more that we were able to see. It’s known for it’s variety of bird life. I was able to catch Eurasian Wigeon with young, swimming close to the shore.

Somewhere along the road.

We also visited quite popular Godafoss waterfall and shot some more landscapes along the way.

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.

Iceland - day 3

On the 3rd day we visited two caves - Arnarker and Raufarholshellir. The latter was a lot better, having holes in the ceiling giving light. Unfortunately it was also quite popular and I didn’t have my tripod with me there, so in the end - I don’t have any good photos from it.

After getting back to Road number 1 (which is the only main road on the island, it goes around Iceland in a circle), we stopped when we saw icelandic horses near the road. They can be seen and “met” in various places. They tend to be very curious creatures, coming up to the fence to check up on you, once you arrive. Beautiful animals.

Urridafoss Waterfall

Strokkur Geysir was the only one we saw actually exploding into the air. It goes off around every 10 minutes and the eruption is quick without warning signs. So imagine standing there without a tripod, with camera up in the air and holding that for couple of minutes in standby, trying to capture a perfect shot. My arms were not amused. ;) We didn’t have perfect light but were able to catch it. :)

And last stop before going to the camping site - Faxafoss / Vatnsleysufoss waterfall (not sure which name is the official one).

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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. :)