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 5

5th day.. First stop - Solheimajokull glacier. Very dirty one, not so picturesque. One good thing - you can walk up to the ice sheet, there are no huge water tanks or other obstacles. The road leading towards it was very nice.

Next stop - one of the places I really wanted to visit - the wreckage of US Navy DC plane. It’s well known but I guess not everyone wants to walk 4 km from the parking (or something that serves it’s role) and then 4km back to the car. Few years earlier it was possible to drive all the way (or almost all the way) to the plane but since then owners of the fields, between road no 1 and crash site, closed it to vehicles. The plane itself crashed on the beach in 1973 due to fuel problems and is lying there to this day. Of course it had been stripped of most important machine parts. The beach sand is dark brown / black which makes for really neat effect. Unfortunately for us a storm was coming (can be seen on one photo) and therefore we had to walk last 2km back to the car in the rain.

All soaked wet we rode to Kirkufjara beach. There we waited for a while in the car for the rain to stop and visited this lovely black beach. We had our first encounter with Puffins although they were not easily accessible for photos. I would love to go back to this place but in nicer weather.