Thursday, July 10, 2008

Puffins on cliffs, puffins on plates

5 to 10 Jul 2008 - North and West Coasts, Iceland



Some retrospective notes - made in 2018!

Climbing along cliff tops, and having puffin for dinner.

Men collecting eider down.



Church by a fjord
Church by a fjord

Wooden church interior - Víðimýri
Wooden church interior - Víðimýri
The interior of a turf-covered church.

0.6 second exposure at ISO100, on a tripod.


Icelandic panorama, near Ísafjörður
Icelandic panorama, near Ísafjörður
Three photos stitched in to a panorama.


Falls and fjord
Falls and fjord

Very woolly!
Very woolly!
My goodness, that must be a heavy coat to tolerate, although necessary in the depths of winter.


Richard checks out the puffins at the cliffs edge
Richard checks out the puffins at the cliffs edge
Richard getting up-close and personal with a pair of puffins at Látrabjarg, the western tip of Iceland. They really don't want to take off unless they feel there is no other option, so wait and wait and are very tolerant. This makes it very easy to take great photos of them, (and easy to catch, not that we did that!)


Puffin at clifftop
Puffin at clifftop
Puffin on the cliffs at Látrabjarg, the western tip of Iceland.


Are you looking at me?
Are you looking at me?
Fratercula arctica - "Little brother of the north". One of the thousands of birds (mainly puffins) on the cliffs at Látrabjarg, the western tip of Iceland.


Puffins
Puffins
Puffins on the cliff tops at Látrabjarg, the western tip of Iceland.


Puffin portrait
Puffin portrait
Fratercula arctica - "Little brother of the north". One of the thousands of birds (mainly puffins) on the cliffs at Látrabjarg, the western tip of Iceland.


Saturday, July 5, 2008

Having a whale of a time

1 to 5 Jul 2008 - North Eastern Iceland, Iceland



Some retrospective notes - made in 2018!

Great views, meeting people, and whale watching

And that speeding ticket...



Coastal scenery, east Iceland - Vesturhorn & Brunnhorn
Coastal scenery, east Iceland - Vesturhorn & Brunnhorn

Seyðisfjörður
Seyðisfjörður
Town in the eastfjords.


White out conditions making driving difficult
White out conditions making driving difficult

Barren airstrip
Barren airstrip
Typical rural emergency airstrip in Iceland - a flat area of land, a windsock, and a sign!


Mud bubbles
Mud bubbles

Mud bubbles
Mud bubbles

Mud explosion
Mud explosion

Steam vent
Steam vent

Mineral filled lake, and stained soil
Mineral filled lake, and stained soil

Expanse of lava
Expanse of lava

Lunar landscape
Lunar landscape

Thermal waters
Thermal waters
This is the reason I carry a tripod with me for a whole trip and only use it for 4-5 photos...


View from the rim of Hverfell over Mývatn
View from the rim of Hverfell over Mývatn

View from the rim of Hverfell over Mývatn
View from the rim of Hverfell over Mývatn

Beautiful light on the pseudo craters around Mývatn
Beautiful light on the pseudo craters around Mývatn

Humpback Whale - Húsavík
Humpback Whale - Húsavík
A small puff from the blowhole, with very interesting markings (barnacles?)


Humpback Whale - Húsavík
Humpback Whale - Húsavík
While slapping his(her?) tail on the surface of the water. The spray is flying off the tail, here.


Humpback Whale - Húsavík
Humpback Whale - Húsavík
I love the outline of the huge beast under water...


Humpback Whale - Húsavík
Humpback Whale - Húsavík
Diving...


Ásbirgi Canyon - Jökulsárgljúfur National Park
Ásbirgi Canyon - Jökulsárgljúfur National Park
Allegedly formed in 3-4 days when the meltwater from a volcano under an icecap broke out.


Ásbirgi Canyon - Jökulsárgljúfur National Park
Ásbirgi Canyon - Jökulsárgljúfur National Park
Allegedly formed in 3-4 days when the meltwater from a volcano under an icecap broke out.


Ásbirgi Canyon - Jökulsárgljúfur National Park
Ásbirgi Canyon - Jökulsárgljúfur National Park
Allegedly formed in 3-4 days when the meltwater from a volcano under an icecap broke out.


Dining in Húsavík with Judith and Sicco
Dining in Húsavík with Judith and Sicco
Judith and Sicco are from Hamburg. We met them while whale-watching, and had dinner with them that evening. We visited the thermal swimming pool as well. The next night, we got invited over to the place they were staying and "ate in" with them, a mixture of all our camp foods, but it ended up being quite a gourmet meal!


Tuesday, July 1, 2008

The Southern Circuit of Iceland

28 Jun to 1 Jul 2008 - Southern Coast, Iceland



Some retrospective notes - made in 2018!

Rock formations, Ice, Waterfalls, Cliffs

Fantastic night at Kirkjubaer



Icelandic farm with a view to die for
Icelandic farm with a view to die for

More great views
More great views
Nice to look out over a glacial icecap!


Along route 1, Iceland
Along route 1, Iceland

Proud sheep
Proud sheep
On the road to Sólheimajökull


View over the black beach of Reynisfjara
View over the black beach of Reynisfjara
In the background are the stacks of Reynisdrangur. Near Vík.


Puffin looks out over a fabulous view.
Puffin looks out over a fabulous view.
In the background are the stacks of Reynisdrangur. Dyrhólaey, near Vík.


Panorama over Reynisfjara
Panorama over ReynisfjaraFour photos stitched, taken at Dyrhólaey

Dyrhólaey, Near Reynisfjara
Dyrhólaey, Near Reynisfjara

Basalt columns at Reynisfjara
Basalt columns at Reynisfjara

Basalt columns at Reynisfjara
Basalt columns at Reynisfjara

Black sand beach at Reynisfjara
Black sand beach at Reynisfjara
View to the natural arch at Dyrhólaey.


Natural honeycomb stone
Natural honeycomb stone
Kirkugólf. Basalt columns worn down which were once thought to be an old church floor rather than a natural phenomenon. Near Kirkjubæjarklaustur.


Mushie
Mushie
Large mushroom - taken with a close-up filter


Waterfall over basalt
Waterfall over basalt
Svartifoss, Skaftafell National Park.


Skaftafellsjökull
Skaftafellsjökull
Skaftafellsjökull, Skaftafell National Park.


Ice filled lagoon
Ice filled lagoon

Ice in the lagoon
Ice in the lagoon

Temperature cracked rock
Temperature cracked rock
Extremes of temperature cause a beautiful clean break in a rock.


Ice filled lagoon
Ice filled lagoon

Ice on the beach
Ice on the beach

Ice washing up on the beach
Ice washing up on the beach

Ice close-up
Ice close-up

Chapel converted to a hostel
Chapel converted to a hostel
Bad weather meant we looked for an alternative to sleeping in the tent.