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Last night I stayed up late with my hostel mates trying to catch the northern lights. At about 11:30pm, we could see dancing rows of faint light. Although it was supposed to be a 'high alert' night, I think since we are on the south of the island and there is a lot of mountains restricting our view of the northern horizon, we only were able to see the 'top' part of the lights. None the less, they were fun to see.
I took this day as a rest day. I'm staying ...
... a few shots at the nearby beach where the waves were pounding ferociously onto the black sand.
A drive east of Vik then took us to Fjadrargljufer Canyon. A dramatic canyon about 100 metres high, very narrow and twisting, with a beautiful stream running through it. It is about 60kms from Vik, just before Kirkjubaejarklaustur (don't you love those town names). I really appreciate the guy who gave Vik the name, keeping it to ...
Today we saw the best weather for the entire trip. The morning started clear and fresh (read damned cold). I slept ok, but after shooting aurora last night in temperature of about -11 Celsius (and throw in the wind chill), it took me ages to warm up and get to sleep.
Sunrise here is around 9:20am, and we headed out early to get to Kirkjufell well ahead of sunrise. It was bloody cold though. That pain in your fingers ...
High winds, white-outs, and pleasant company as we traveled from the Kullaull Peninsula in the far west end of Iceland to Vik on the southern coast. We stopped twice to take photos and several more times for "comfort" breaks. Yesterday was mostly driving to reposition ourselves to be near the huge glacier and many waterfalls of the southern region of Iceland.
We have an ...
... plates meet. Although there is the option in warmer weather to dive between the two plates, you can also walk between two slabs of rock which meets the same purpose. It is very impressive to stand between the two. The colours around the national park were, once again, incredible. Very vibrant rust coloured plants in amongst bright green moss. It is a spectacular drive. Heading back into Selfoss, we decided we had better ...