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. :)


Karkonosze (Karkonosze Mountains), Poland@2013

     Late in the 2013 I went with some work friends to the Karkonosze National Park (Polish: Karkonoski Park Narodowy). It is a National Park in the Karkonosze Mountains in south western Poland, along the border with the Czech Republic. On Friday evening, in the pouring rain, we took our first hike to the Strzecha Akademicka mountain hostel to spend the night there. In the morning the weather was much better.

On the Saturday, we went to Śnieżka (1,603.30 meters a.s.l. (5,260.2 ft)), after that we stopped for dinner at Luční bouda (Czech Rep. side). Quite nice place but overcrowded at that time. Then we continued our hike on Polish-Czech Friendship Trail. Weather got sunny and windy and the views were breathtaking. Mały and Duży Staw lakes looked amazing from the top of the trail. The Park is located in the highest part of the Sudetes.

We spent the night at Odrodzenie mountain hostel. Sunday welcomed us with huge fog and visibility just over couple of meters. We walked in it for about half a day, following our trail leading to Szrenica mountain (1362 m a.s.l.) from were we went straight down to Szklarska Poręba city.

Owl Mountains

Here are some pics from my short hiking trip to the Great Owl (polish "Wielka Sowa"). When you start from Przełęcz Walimska it's really easy to get to the top (which is 1014 metres in altitude). You can see the path in pink colour.

As you can see below, the weather was sunny and warm (well.. for the autumn), but also windy and partially foggy which gave the nice touch to some of the photos. Enjoy! :)