Icy Iceland Half 1 – By Jurg and Astrid Bluemel

Icy Iceland Part 1 - By Jurg and Astrid Bluemel

There aren’t any direct flights to Reykjavik for us in winter, as a result of all of the “normal” individuals go there in summer season. We go away on January 29th, the solar will rise at round 10:00 and set at 17:00 and will not get increased than 10 levels above the horizon. The dangerous factor is we won’t pronounce any of the names of the locations we’re going to see, and we’ll barely have 9 hrs of sunshine per day. The great factor is you are able to do dawn photographs and sleep late. The flybus will get us to city in about 45 min and is fairly low-cost too for Iceland, at round 20E per particular person. Reykjavik, particularly the previous half is a a cute little city, and our lodge is true in the midst of issues. We are able to simply stroll to all of the sights. Our favourites are the Harpa Live performance Corridor with the blue and inexperienced waves of its ever altering mild present at night time, appears nearly like a small native northern mild, and the Solar Craft sculpture which is sort of a viking ship. The meals right here is sweet and there are a lot of cool locations to select from. DAY 1 Our picture tour begins with a buying journey. We’re all going to purchase Viking Ice Fighter boots and a set of spikes to match it. They’re large rubber boots with a furry inside, assured to maintain our ft heat and dry, and shortly all of us develop to like our boots, they’re the very best purchase on this journey. We stroll via city like good vacationers do, and {photograph} all of the sights. Within the night now we have a pleasant dinner with the entire group to finish off the day. Tomorrow the picture half actually begins. We are going to drive 190 km to the tiny city referred to as Vik which is legendary for its black sand seashores. DAY 2 We go away Reykjavik at 8:00 to get to the Skogafoss falls at dawn which is at round 10:00. Now we all know why we want the waterproof boots…. Hougaard makes us stand within the river which is flowing from the falls, to get a pleasant piece of ice within the foreground. The boots are superb, you do not even really feel the chilly, I may stand within the river without end. Solely an hours drive extra and we get to our beautiful Icelandair Vik Lodge. As lovely as it’s, we desire to go exterior and take a look at the seashore. We {photograph} the troll rocks they’ve right here, referred to as Reynisdrangar (see what I imply with the names, we’ll name them troll rocks any further) and the waves crashing in on the black seashore. Within the afternoon we go to Dyrholaey, the icelandic ” Hole in the Rock”, and {photograph} it from the japanese aspect with a milky solar setting in a really cloudy sky. Not finshed but, we transfer again to our black seashore and do the trolls once more, this time standing within the water and with very gradual shutter speeds to make it look good and “flowy”. DAY 3 The plan was to go to the waterfall once more however this time an hour earlier to beat the crowds. The acute wind will not permit journey to the west, a mountain highway is closed. Plan B will get us again at our troll seashore, standing within the waves once more. So we do rocks and frozen puddles and snow. Seems to be nice too and we get some nice composition ideas from Hougaard. Hafi our driver seems to be fairly good enjoyable as nicely, and might be probably the most talkative Icelander for miles round. The sunshine is getting higher so we placed on the Graduate Filter and get into the waves once more. Wait until the water flows again for the actually good photographs with good traces in it. Because the water is retreating we transfer ahead a bit extra, and a bit extra…..after which the massive wave got here and now the water is sloshing in my sneakers with each step I take. The boots are high-quality however my waterproof pants are usually not fairly nearly as good, so I spend most of our lunchbreak within the toilet with my boots and a hairdryer. The afternoon we transfer on to the DYRHOLAEY the place we have been yesterday. Solely this time we hike to the highest of the cliff to the little lighthouse, which isn’t so little if you stand beside it. We climb over the fence nearly as good photographers are speculated to do to get THE shot of the Gap within the Rock, it’s actually massive from up right here ! The sky is just not the very best of colors however with assist from Hougaard and Isak it turns our fairly good in any case. After dinner I spend one other hour with my hairdryer, the boots needs to be okay for tomorrows outing. DAY 4

Up at 07:00 to beat the crowds, and this time we are able to go see the waterfall, the wind is gone. An excessive amount of spray there now that it’s not being blown away, so we shoot from additional away which is actual fairly too. As we go away at 10:00 there may be nonetheless no person in sight, good for us ! We now get within the bus for the 210 km journey to Hali close to the Jokulsarlon glacial lagoon. After we test in to the guesthouse we drive to the ice seashore. That is certainly one of my favourites, it’s so scenic ! Think about a protracted black seashore with blocks of ice strewn throughout it and massive white waves crashing in on the seashore creating traces and patterns within the black sand. Some blocks are like tennis balls, the massive ones are simply 1x2m. We do our photographs which aren’t the perfect, however we can be again right here just a few instances and we’re studying. DAY5 One other morning on the seashore. We may sleep late and solely go away for the seashore at 08:30 to get there in time for dawn. It’s even higher now than within the night, the sky glows purple and pink and this displays on the moist elements of the seashore creating a stunning pink glow. By 10:00 we transfer to the opposite aspect of the highway the place the lagoon is. First a espresso, then we go to {photograph} the ice. It’s fairly laborious to discover a good composition, the sunshine is terrible and there aren’t any scenic ice blocks near the shore. However we do handle to seek out just a few cool spots. The afternoon shoot is once more on the seashore which appears completely different as soon as once more. A high-quality cowl of snow has made the seashore and the ice blocks white, the half the place the waves wash ashore continues to be black, the sky is a drabby gray. The entire thing appears like a black and white picture, with out having to set B&W ! After dinner simply as we’re about to go to mattress there’s a knock on the door. Northern lights ! We stroll a bit away from the lights of the guesthouses and arrange. At first it’s only a faint mild, fortunately the digital camera sees it far more clearly than the human eye does. The lights are available waves which circulation over us, at instances they’re a vibrant inexperienced, principally a mushy glow, however as soon as you already know the place to look they’re throughout and above us. I’ve been telling Jurg I’d get him an aurora for his birthday, boy is that this nice timing…. At midnight he turnes 50 below a sky stuffed with inexperienced lights ! Completely happy birthday my love ! DAY 6 A storm is blowing and getting worse and worse, snow is piling up in opposition to the buildings and the snowflakes rush by from proper to left at incredulous velocity. We’re not going wherever at the moment ! Properly, aside from a brief stroll to the museum restaurant which seems to be a fairly adventurous outing. The snow has fashioned massive heaps on the highway which now we have to cross, the wind is blowing so laborious we maintain on to one another to not get blown away, the snowflakes come at us at such a velocity that it actually hurts after they hit your face. We will not keep too lengthy, says Hafi our driver, or we will be unable to get again ! In late afternoon we get a presentation by Hougaard and Isak and critiques of our photographs which we proceed after dinner. All of us go to mattress at 21:00 as the ability is off as soon as once more and there may be nothing higher to do in the dead of night with a storm at 9-10 bft howling across the constructing, it appears like an limitless freight prepare driving previous. DAY7 The ice cave day! As we get up it’s useless silent, the storm has died down ! We go away at 08:15 in an enormous purple monster truck on additional excessive wheels. Our information Einar says he has by no means had a lot snow to drive via, and he is been within the enterprise a very long time. After 45 very bumpy minutes and nearly getting stuk twice, we lastly get there. The cave is way smaller than we had anticipated, a really slim path leads strategy to the again. There’s a gap within the roof however to see it you’ll have to overcome any claustrofobic fears, the tunnel you wiggle your self in, is as slim as if you’re in an MRI, tons of ice overhead….simply do not give it some thought. As the following group approaches we go away the cave and head again to Hali for lunch, the sky appears promising. Sadly the climate adjustments for the more severe, now we have to go away the automobile on the highway and stroll to seashore. There are a great deal of new ice blocks, to inform the reality, too many and too shut collectively to get a great shot. It snows closely. We stroll additional alongside the seashore to the place the ice is rather less dense and get in just a few good photographs earlier than the snowstorm will get so dangerous that we quit. So one other afternoon spent within the room, adopted by a session of lightroom modifying and picture critiques. Will give the ice seashore one other go tomorrow and hope for a sensational dawn. If we succeed can be partly 2 of the ICY ICELAND story. Textual content and Images By: Astrid and Jurg Bluemel

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