Sveitarfélagið Hornafjörður

Here you’ll find travel reports about Sveitarfélagið Hornafjörður. Discover travel destinations in Iceland of travelers writing a travel blog on FindPenguins.

17 travelers at this place:

  • 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!
    Read more

  • 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!
    Read more

  • 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.
    Read more

  • Day7

    Fantastic Weather Again

    February 12, 2018 in Iceland ⋅ ⛅ 28 °C

    Woke up to another lovely day with brilliant sunshine. We didn't expect this and if we had then maybe we should have gone to Diamond Beach for the sunrise. Mind you, we do have 4 million photos of those diamonds so maybe 1 million more would be overkill. Anyway, here's a better photo of our hotel.

    Did we say we'd recommend this? We do.
    Read more

  • Day7

    First Photography Location

    February 12, 2018 in Iceland ⋅ ⛅ 12 °C

    We hadn't been driving all that long, admiring the fantastic scenery as we went, when came across a parking area. As we've said already, these are few and far between so we decided to stop and photograph the landscape there.

    We spent about an hour looking for compositions and taking a number of photographs. Time disappears when we get behind our cameras and in the morning sunshine it was a real pleasure to be there.Read more

  • Day15

    Über den Wolken...

    August 3, 2017 in Iceland ⋅ ⛅ 26 °C

    Ein sehr schöner hike zum Glama Gletscher und fast die ganze Zeit ohne einem Menschen zu begegnen. Nur ein süßer Polarfuchs hat mich ein Stück begleitet.

    Kopf frei, Herz frei, Seele frei - Like!

  • Day3

    Jokullsarlon Ice Caves

    February 11, 2015 in Iceland ⋅ ⛅ 34 °F

    The staff at Hotel Laki woke us about midnight because the aurora borealis was active, We bundled up, went outside, and found a small group with cameras. It seems that the aurora was not visible, but it could be photographed with an exposure of 30 seconds, f4, ISO 400 or better. I took a few shots that at least show the aurora, though without much detail, then returned to bed. We rose at 6:45 am. The hotel staff graciously prepared breakfast half an hour early for us because they knew we needed an early start. We were on the road to Jokullsarlon by 8:30 am. Ice covered the roads, but they improved as we traveled farther east. We arrived at Jokullsarlon at 10:45 am, one hour before we were to meet our guide for the photographic excursion into the ice caves. There were a dozen members of our group from all over the world, all under forty except Glenda and me. We chatted in the store with new friends from China, Greece, Germany and England before Oskar our guide loaded us all into a huge Toyota swamp buggy. We went maybe 3 km east then turned off the road and went another 4 km off road. Donning helmets, we walked another half hour over volcanic terrain that looked like the surface of the moon. Glenda held her camera in her hand and took many shots documenting our excursion. I chose to set up my tripod, take great care with my camera settings, and try for fewer shots of especially appealing ice formations. After an hour and a quarter we reversed course, walked back to the van, and returned to Jokullsarlon. Glenda and I lunched on bread, cheese and nuts we had brought with us, as we removed layers of clothing for the return trip to Hotel Laki. Throughout our visit to the ice caves the temperature remained at about 27 degrees F with light winds and bright sunlight. The weather was perfect. On the trip back to the hotel, in spite of a few quick stops to photograph villages, we returned in less than two hours. The trip out this morning took over three hours. Obviously, road conditions had improved greatly. We straightened up our room, and put away our ice cave gear before enjoying another delicious supper. Glenda had arctic char, and I had lamb with another glass of the same Italian wine as last night. We felt a great sense of accomplishment in that we had completed successfully the excursion that was our main objective in visiting Iceland.Read more

  • Day4

    Hengifoss - Oost-Fjorden - Höfn

    January 17, 2018 in Iceland ⋅ 🌙 -3 °C

    Alweer een nacht gepasseerd zonder noorderlicht (ondanks wekkers om 2h en 6h). We geven niet op! Wel een prachtige zonsopgang bij het ontbijt. Het beloofde een mooie dag te worden.

    Toen we vertrokken naar onze eerste stop (de wandeling naar hengifoss) waren we sceptisch over de standvastigheid van het weer. Onterecht aangezien het de gehele wandeling en bij uitbreiding de gehele dag nagenoeg wolkenloos was. De eerste waterval op de wandeling was litlanesfoss. Een waterval geflankeerd door basaltkolommen en ijs wat een uniek uitzicht gaf. Verder op de route hadden we geregeld een afwijking van het pad door bevroren rivierlopen over het wandelpad. Bij één van de schapenhekken was het schaatsen met het hek in de hand en daarna de houten paal te knuffelen om ongehavend de andere kant te bereiken. Een grappig zicht voor de collega toeristen, ware het niet dat we dit adembenemde vergezicht voor ons getwee hadden. Na een stevige klim door de ijzige wind (gevoelstemperatuur 12°C!) met tomaatrode wangen bereikten we Hengifoss. Deze waterval wordt gekaderd door een rood gestreepte rotsformatie. Indrukwekkend.

    Vervolgens onze weg verdergezet. Volgende bestemming: Höfn. Hiervoor namen we de scenic route door de oostelijke fjorden. De laaghangende zon leidde tot prachtige vergezichten. Ongeveer halverwegen maakte Bryan zich de bedenking dat we tijdens onze vorige trip het geluk mochten hebben om wilde rendieren te zien. "Blijkbaar is het dan toch niet zo vanzelfsprekend om rendieren te zien". Nog geen 2 minuten na het uitspreken van deze gevleugelde woorden draaiden we een hoek om en kwamen we een kudde rendieren tegen. Er volgende de rest van de dag nog verschillende kuddes met tientallen rendieren. Onze dag was compleet.

    Net voor het vallen van de avond - na een meer dan geslaagde dag - kwamen we aan in onze guesthouse. Een gezellig en moderne accomodatie aan de voet van een gletsjer. Onze kamer heeft zich op het noorden met zeer weinig lichtpollutie. Opnieuw staan er enkele wekkers om het noorderlicht te kunnen zien. Spijtig genoeg is de magnetische index van de zon zeer laag. Proberen gaat mee! We hebben toch zeker al wat mooie foto's van de indrukwekkende sterrenhemel en een vleugje melkweg.

    Ons avondeten: royco minute soup, brood en pasta uit een potje gecombineerd met ijslandse biertjes (B: double IPA, M: barley wine). De biertjes ongeveer 5 keer duurder dan het eten. Prioriteiten stellen, heet dat.

    Wens ons geluk!
    Read more

You might also know this place by the following names:

Sveitarfélagið Hornafjörður, Sveitarfelagid Hornafjoerdur

Join us:

FindPenguins for iOS FindPenguins for Android

Sign up now