A beautiful day today - sunny and low winds so we decided to go whale watching in Husavik about 50 km from Myvatn.
We had a lovely drive over with beautiful vistas and "more" lupins.
En route we stopped at a folk museum of traditional farm life over the past 150 years. The turf roofed buildings were filled with all sorts of artifacts.
Husavik is famous for its whale watching so we booked a 3 hour tour. We went several kms out into a very large bay in front of Husavik. The bay is named "Shakey Bay" because of the several earth quakes they experience every day - fortunately they are mild.
We saw a blue whale (not commonly seen) and several humpback whales. Maggie got all the good pictures. I was successful in getting great pictures of the whale watchers.
Our day started in the rain driving across a very remote and desolate part of Iceland from Egilsstadir to Myvatn. As you will see the day improved remarkably.
The latter part of the trip we crossed the northern edge of the largest lava desert in Iceland. We just could not get a photograph that gave the true scale of it. But we were rewarded with lots of other photographic opportunities as you will see.
One site was Iceland's (indeed, Europe's) largest and most powerful waterfalls - Dettifoss. At the end of our journey we came across the Hverir geothermal area.
Still no rain. Cannot believe our luck.
A nice drive in and out of fjords. No major photographic destinations - just beautiful scenery along the way. Made for a very pleasant drive. In the evening we drove over a mountain pass (where it was only 2 C!) to the pretty town of Seydisfjordur, where we had ground reindeer on our pizza, along with blue cheese and sauteed red onions - it was very tasty! We didn't see any reindeer although this is the area for them.
We stayed in the Hofn area. We lucked out on the location we chose to photograph - it was mostly sunny whereas only a few kilometers away it was raining. The day went by in a flash.
Hofn is the lobster (langoustine) capital of Iceland so of course we had to have some for dinner. Best we have ever had anywhere. Melt in your mouth tender. Maggie was very happy (even without any Schnapps).
Today was all about glaciers and icebergs.
We first stopped at the Fjallsjokull glacier and hiked all along the lagoon in front of the glacier. While we were there, we heard a huge thunder like cracking within the glacier. It went on for at least a minute. Sounded like something major was happening although we could not see any calving. Suddenly the entire lagoon started to surge. We retreated up the bank for safety. That was the end of the reflection shots but all rather exciting.
Next we stopped at Jokulsarlon Iceberg Lagoon were we stayed the rest of the day. We went on a zodiac ride amongst the icebergs. Wow, what an experience! The day started very overcast and hazy but miraculously when out on the zodiac, the sun came out although the nice dark clouds remained in the east. There was hardly any breeze and it was warmer than usual. The guide said that it doesn't get any better than that.
After our zodiac ride we went to a nearby beach to photograph ice chunks on the black sand. A great day !!!
We drove for miles across the very flat alluvial plains of Skeidarsandur south of Icelands largest ice cap Vatnajakull. Very barren. So barren in fact that Iceland was chosen for a si fi film depicting the end of the earth. Tom Cruse is here now shooting for the movie.
Skaftafell National Park is filled with all sorts of wild flowers. We were able to get quite close to the face one of the glaciers and got some great abstract shots. All in all we only hiked 8 km but it seemed longer since we were constantly stopping for another picture.
A few more clouds but nice weather still continues - warm too. Forecast not so promising in a couple of days. Rain to arrive and highs down from record 20 deg C to 5 dg C.
More great waterfalls although the dry weather has practically dried up the smaller volume falls. Amazing black lava beaches, sea stacks and basalt cliffs and lupines, lupines and more lupines
The day ended at a very remote location where we had arranged to have dinner - turned out to be gourmet. Smoked arctic char, wild goose and mushroom starters, the best tasting lamb we have ever had along with other delights. It just gets better.
Lovely weather still holding in spite of original forecast for rain. This part of Iceland is into 4th week of unusually dry weather - somehow I think the odds favour the rain gods right now.
Saw geysirs, amazing waterfalls and the seat of the oldest parliament in the world.
We booked more remote locations and it turns out they seem to represent the less than 2% of the population that does not have high speed Internet so reporting may be spotier than expected.
Another great day - and a very long day it was. Thus, the delay in posting even though we had access to Internet.
Spent the day exploring Reykjavik. What an interesting city filled with surprisingly high quality stores, especially ones offering various creative works of local artisans. As you can see in our galleries, we spent quite some time photographing the new and very modern concert hall.
After dinner we went to a special event at the Blue Lagoon (about 45 min bus ride from Reykjavik). Once a year there is an organized hike over an old volcano near the Blue Lagoon, down through the geothermal power plant (biggest in Iceland), and on to the Blue Lagoon which they keep open until midnight - the only day of the year. It is a big event for Icelanders. We did not get back to our room until after 2 am (still twilight). Tired but very happy.