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Westfjords

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  • Day9

    Check one off our bucket list!

    October 5 in Iceland

    WOW...Wow...Wow. Tonight was clear for a change but, the aurora was only projected to be a 2 on a scale of 0-9. The northern lights danced overhead tonight. At first it was quiet and just fuzzy area to my naked eye. Suddenly it snaked, dance, spinning and brilliant. Les has lots and lots of shots. While it was spectacular for me, the color captured by his camera, as I said WOW..Wow !Wow. One of the leaders, Kerik, has scene them about 5 times but, this was the best he has scene. We have #3, #4, and #6 nights coming up. Hopefully the sky’s are clear then too.Read more

  • Day15

    A quiet day a the hotel.

    October 11 in Iceland

    A rainy, cold day, so the group is having a “stay day.” Everyone is either working on photographs on their computer, or going back to the factory to do more pictures. That’s what is great about this location there is indoor place to take photos. It is colder than ... but it is dry. We are learning how to use the digital photo processing software called Lightroom. It even has a app for my iPad.
    Magnús is the hotel manger and cook. His is getting married in a couple of weeks. He asked me to do a pastel painting for his wedding guest book so I spent the day working on that.
    Tonight is another slideshow. Each person puts in 6 pictures to have everyone discuss. I even am putting in my ipad photos. Anyway here are some of Les’s pics of the factory...
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  • Day8

    We made it to Djupavik

    October 4 in Iceland

    It was a four hour drive to our hotel from the airport. We stopped an hour out at what I can only describe as islandic trunk stop. Cold, rainy and windy...Les and I shared a hamburger. Then we drove through the country side heading north...lots of foss or waterfalls and mountains with fresh snow. The last hour was on a narrow, gravel road with lots of potholes. This road hugged the hills/cliffs along the fjord and coast . They really didn’t slow down so it was an exciting ride. But the place is worth the ride, lovely room, great food, and two dogs to pet. Only trouble is there is no decaf coffee...I am a little jittery. The hotel was built as the rooming house for women working in the fish factory, next door in the 1930’s. The stairs to our room are steep and narrow, Les and I are little afraid of them. We are in bed now with the sound of rain and sleet on the window at our head. Very cozy.Read more

  • Day9

    The Real Islandic experience

    October 5 in Iceland

    Awoke to a nice Islandic breakfast spread. Then its off to take photos...it was a balmy -7 C. Little breezes. We stopped at least 4 times this morning. One sketch for Jill and lots of pics for Les. Jill also walked along the road ahead of the vans to get her steps in. Lunch was great warm homemade bread, hot mushroom soup...afternoon tour of the old factory for Les, Jill is staying in the lodge doing pastel drawing.Read more

  • Day10

    We first ate our sandwiches in the car because it was so cold. Then we walked down to this neighborhood hot spring pool which is right on the edge of the sea. You have to take a shower first, then move quickly into the pool because it soooo cold. But the pool is wonderful and it had a hot tub with really hot water. Then we headed back, stopping to take pictures of rocks along the sea. Everyone got busy, I (Jill) walked ahead to get my steps, took a lot of iPad pics and walked for about 45 minutes.Read more

  • Day10

    Blue house

    October 6 in Iceland

    Third stop for the morning. Sun is dimmed by high clouds, but that doesn’t stop this group. First two stops I did quick sketches. The wind is coming up and to cool to draw or even walk. Luckily they have the van running for us wimps.

  • Day11

    Walk about...

    October 7 in Iceland

    Today, is stay around the town. Les is going to take pictures inside the old fish factory...me I am going on a walk about. This is best done in the morning, as the sun is often out below the clouds. As the day goes on the sun goes behind the high clouds and it gets cold. I walked about a mile up the road to the trailhead which leads to the top of the town waterfall. Getting tired and the actual trail was icy, so back I came. Editor’s note: We decided to put * the end of a caption when it’s for one of his photographs from the Olympus Digital Camera. These attached to this entry are all shot on the iPad from my walk about...Read more

  • Day12

    Snow Abort!

    October 8 in Iceland

    The plan for the day was everyone pile in to the vans and drive an hour to Holmavik to get fuel and take photos. Unfortunately, it has been snowing at the upper elevations and the road goes through a pass. Even equipped with studded snow tires, the vans had trouble climbing up the pass. So we ended up turning around and returning to the hotel.

    It rained here all day so Jill stayed in and painted. Les returned to the old Djupavik Herring Factory to take more photos. The factory was built in the 1930’s and operated for a couple of decades before closing. It is a huge concrete building with lots of equipment still in place. The people that own the Hotel also own the factory, so we have access. It is quite dangerous inside because the concrete used beach sand and salt water. Steel and salt do not mix, so the concrete is crumbling, but this is a unique opportunity for photography.

    By the way, several of the opening scenes from the Marvel movie "Justice League" were filmed in and around the factory. Several of these scenes are available on YouTube.

    Tomorrow the weather should be better and we will try for Holmavik again.
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  • Day13

    Big town today...

    October 9 in Iceland

    Yesterday, we availed ourselves of the hotel laundry service. No clothes last night, I came down and asked about it. Clothes not dry, because they hang them out to dry! Rainy day, so no clean clothes. Gives new meaning to “cold wash.”

    Hope to go to big town today for fuel. It’s cloudy, but a warm 3-4 degrees (centigrade) Les said. The sun is peaking out and the pass is doable. Stopped a couple of places on the way. Had lunch at the Gas station/market/diner. Les was able to buy more Mountain Dew, He is a happy camper. Everyone photographed the town and it’s little harbor. I tried to draw, but the pen wouldn’t work...was it frozen? Anyway, the boat I was drawing left. So will have to work from photograph. On the way back, we had great afternoon light, more pictures. I was able to get my steps in by walking the road ahead of the van at a couple of photo stops.

    So we hit an Icelandic traffic jam. The Farmers were driving two sheep down the narrow road which was at this location way up on the cliff above the fjord. We crawled along for about a half hour. Finally the area around the road widened and the sheep went up the hill, and we got to pass by.
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  • Day14

    It's all about the light...

    October 10 in Iceland

    Today was wonderful. Sunlight and clouds.... great time. We are going two fjords over, but first a stop in the little town of Gjugur which has the local air strip. The light was great. Even Jill had fun taking photos.

You might also know this place by the following names:

Vestfirðir, Vestfirdir, Westfjords, Fiordos occidentales, Fjords de l'ouest, Fiordi occidentali, Fiordes do Oeste, Västfjordarna

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