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Sveitarfélagið Hornafjörður

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  • Day11

    Even More Waterfalls and Beaches!

    May 23 in Iceland ⋅ ⛅ 45 °F

    I think by the end of this trip the team saw every waterfall Iceland has to offer. That's probably a bit of an exaggeration, but it felt like it at the time. We were able to hike to the top of the first waterfall we stopped at after visiting the black sand beach, and we were able to go behind/beneath the other one. They were both extremely beautiful, and I'm glad we stopped at them!Read more

  • Day10

    Pit Stop at the Diner!

    May 22 in Iceland ⋅ ☁️ 43 °F

    Just when the Ships needed it, we found a small piece of home and ice cream, too! At the small fifties diner, we found while driving around, pictures of American television and movie stars from the 1950s were hung on the walls, and also got to enjoy jukebox music that was popular during that era. The shake was delicious!Read more

  • Day13

    Catching Up with the team!

    May 25 in Iceland ⋅ ⛅ 37 °F

    #10 What about this service experience is different than the service we do on the team at home?

    The difference between doing service work at home versus in Iceland was that we were all together, we all shared the same experiences, and we could talk about it that night at dinner. Not everyone back at home helped set up the Island Park lights for Christmas, but everyone had something to do with building fences at the petting zoo or cleaning at the church, and because of this, the team was able to forge deep connections that will only continue to grow as we spend more time together on the team. At dinner we were able to talk about what went well and what didn’t, our favorite parts of the day and what we wished we could have avoided. Dinners with the team were some of my favorite moments of the whole trip. I feel like I learned more about everyone on the trip during the two weeks we spent in Iceland than I had during the entire school year. There was also a difference in the work because at home I might actually get to use what I’m fixing or cleaning, and if not it still betters my community and makes it look nicer, but abroad, none of that happens. I will probably never see Daladyrd or the Blue Church ever again, but that didn’t matter. I was working toward something I will never get the benefit of using, and that is maybe even more important because I was working to serve others, not myself.Read more

  • Day14

    Meet My Van!

    May 26 in Iceland ⋅ ⛅ 37 °F

    During this trip, I got to drive all around Iceland with four other Ships and Director Brae Wood. We laughed, slept, and at one point or another, all of us heard Valancia's music. I'm glad I got to spend these days with them and can't imagine having it any other way!

  • Day12

    Everyone Gets a Tomato!

    May 24 in Iceland ⋅ ⛅ 41 °F

    The Ships stopped at a tomato restaurant for lunch today. The only food the restaurant served had something to do with tomatoes or else it included bread. I'm not a big fan of tomatoes, but I have to admit that Icelandic tomato soup was one of the most delicious foods I tried during the trip.

  • Day11

    11. Tag Höfn - Skaftafell

    May 7 in Iceland ⋅ 🌧 3 °C

    Augen auf, Vorhang auf und Schneeflöckchen! So starteten wir in den winterlichen Tag.
    Unsere erste Sehenswürdigkeit war die Gletscherlagune Jökulsárlón, die an den Nationalpark Vatnajökull im Südosten Islands angrenzt. Ihr ruhiges Wasser ist mit Eisbergen aus der umliegenden Breiðamerkurjökull-Gletscherzunge durchzogen, die Teil des größten Gletschers Europas ist, dem Vatnajökull. Die Lagune fließt durch einen kurzen Wasserlauf in den Atlantischen Ozean und hinterlässt dabei Eisbrocken auf einem schwarzen Vulkansandstrand, wo die Eisberge aus der Lagune an Land treiben und einen magischen Ort erschaffen.
    Eine der außergewöhnlichsten Eigenschaften des sog. "Diamand-Strandes" ist, dass er niemals gleich aussieht. Selbst, wenn man ihn mehrfach an einem Tag besucht, sieht der Strand immer wieder anders aus und die natürlichen Eisskulpturen werden sich ebenfalls verändert haben, geschmolzen sein oder aber neu angespült worden sein. Viele der Eisberge sind über 1.000 Jahre alt und sind auf ihrem Weg durch die enorme Lagune bereits geschrumpft und genießen nun ihre letzten Momente, bis sie sich mit dem Atlantik vereinigen werden.

    Nach diesem Naturschauspiel ging es zu der kleineren Gletscherlagune Fjallsárlón, von der aus, wir einen klareren Blick auf Eisschollen und die Gletscherzunge hatten.

    Am Nachmittag hatten wir mit einem schönen hiking trail rund um den Wasserfall Svartifoss ein tolles Kontrastprogramm, da uns dort mit grünen Wiesen, kleineren Bäumen und Sträuchern eine vielfältige Landschaft erwartete. Der Blick von der Bergkuppel auf Weideland und Meer auf der einen Seite und Eisgletscher auf der anderen Seite, war ebenso schön, wie direkt auf den Wasserfall vor den Basaltsäulen zu schauen.

    Morgen wird es nochmal winterlich, denn dann geht's rauf auf den Gletscher. Die geführte Wandertour haben wir gerade gebucht.
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  • Day12

    12. Tag Vatnajökull-Nationalpark

    May 8 in Iceland ⋅ ⛅ 3 °C

    Augen auf, Rollo rauf und... Sonnenschein!
    Heute ging es zum zweiten Mal in das Skaftafell Wildnisgebiet des Vatnajökull-Nationalparks. Zu seinen imposanten Gletschern gehört der Öræfajökull. Dessen Gipfel Hvannadalshnúkur ist mit 2.110 m die höchste Erhebung Islands.
    Öræfajökull ist seit der Besiedlung zweimal ausgebrochen und wird auch "Einöds-" oder "Wüstengletscher" genannt, da rund um den Gletscher für mehrere Jahrzente alles Leben ausgelöscht wurde.
    Umso beeindruckender ist, dass man hier sog. "Gletschermäuse" findet. Dies sind kleine Mose, die mit Kleinstlebewesen ein eigenes Ökosystem bilden und so zwischen Eis und Lavagestein überleben können. Es gibt nur wenige Gletscher auf der Erde wo dies überhaupt vorkommt.
    Nachdem wir in einen 15 Meter tiefen Eistrichter gucken konnten, durch eine Eishöhle gekrochen, durch Eisspalten und alle Zonen des Gletschers gelaufen sind, haben wir auf dem oberen Plateau das tolle Panomara genossen. Beim Abstieg haben wir Wasser aus dem Berg getrunken, dass einen 200 Jahre langen Weg hinter sich gebracht hat. Es war klar, kalt und schmeckte ein bischen nach Stein.😉

    Am Nachmittag, nachdem wir Helm, Sicherheitsgurt, Eispickel und Spikes abgelegt und uns mit den Essensresten vergangener Tage gestärkt hatten (das Restaurant am Visitor Center war geschlossen 😱), haben wir dann noch einen Trail gemacht, wo wir einen klasse Ausblick auf eine andere Gletscherzunge hatten.

    Der Nationalpark war sehr beeindruckend, aber ist auch ein Ort, wo der Klimawandel unmittelbar sichtbar wird. Denn man konnte deutlich erkennen, welche großen Spuren die Erderwärmung hinterlässt, hier mehrere hunderte Meter lang...
    Deutlich wird einmal mehr, dass auf der Erde alles mit allem zusammenhängt und zwar in mehrfacher Hinsicht: Denn so wie wir zur Erderwärmung beitragen, so hat der Öræfajökull mit seinem zweiten Vulkanausbruch die Französische Revolution begünstigt. Seine Aschewolke zog über Europa, lies die Ernte veröden und der Druck der hungernden Bevölkerung auf die Obrigkeit wurde letztendlich zu groß. Ein sicherlich mahnendes Beispiel in der Beziehung zwischen Mensch und Natur!
    Morgen kümmern wir uns wieder mehr um die Tiere und schauen mal bei den Island-Pferden in Vik vorbei.
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  • Day3

    Travelling South Towards Jokulsarlon

    February 8, 2018 in Iceland ⋅ ⛅ -4 °C

    The light was constantly changing, like every few seconds. From the parking area we had a lovely view to the east and to the west some mountains with dark clouds as a backdrop. The clouds towards the mountains were moving quickly and at times the sun broke through, though to the east it was relatively clear. We both tried to capture the best of the light and the images as they appeared. Tony concentrated on the mountains to the east (towards Hofn) whilst Rob gave the drone its maiden flight of the trip. We both got some photographs with some atmospheric light but soon it was time to move on. We must have spent an hour there.

    Just to explain about the caption, Batman mountain is actually Vesturhorn but locals refer to it as Batman mountain because it has three peaks. Make you own mind up as we're not convinced. Maybe we're looking at it from the wrong end.

    The journey continued including a fuel stop in Hofn with the next destination being the Jokulsarlon glacier lagoon. This drive was absolutely stunning. The last two photos in this footprint give you the idea but it was a million times better!
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  • Day5

    Another Day in South Iceland

    February 10, 2018 in Iceland ⋅ ⛅ 13 °C

    It was a slightly later start today, having been out so late. We had a pleasant breakfast, packed our gear and off we went even though our first stop was pretty much still in the hotel grounds. Tony had wanted to visit Iceland at this time of year as there's a good chance of photographing frozen waterfalls, so this was what we did. It wasn't a huge waterfall compared to those we saw last time and will see in the next part of our trip, but it was a frozen waterfall nevertheless and it was sitting there waiting to be photographed.

    The main photo of this footprint is of our hotel which, as you can see, is somewhat on the boxy side but don't be fooled ... it's warm, comfortable, has a lovely restaurant and the staff are very friendly. What more would we want. Cheaper wine perhaps!
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  • Day5

    Different Every Time

    February 10, 2018 in Iceland ⋅ 🌧 3 °C

    So why no photos of the ice cave?

    We left the beach and turned up at the meeting point right on time, as did a young couple from Chicago who'd travelled from Vik (our next stop) that morning and had only just made it in time due to the weather conditions further west and having persuaded the authorities to let them through the road block ... a storm was coming and route 1 was being closed to traffic.

    We waited. We chatted and waited some more but no-one turned up from the company to take us to the cave. No other passengers turned up either and now it was 15 minutes past the time we were supposed to leave. Rob then read a text message saying the trip was cancelled due to bad weather. It wasn't bad at Jokulsarlon as you can see in the photos, but it was going to be. It was going to be so bad the bridge there and the road were to be closed at 3pm.

    There was another company at the cafe who do visits to an ice cave and we discussed with them about joining one of their trips tomorrow. So we spent a little time at the lagoon before leaving to cross the bridge just before it closed. We were a bit disappointed to be honest, though we had been told our money would be refunded for the trip.
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