Having spent a long weekend in Iceland in November 2015 I just had to return to see more of this stunning landscape. My friend Tony is travelling with me and together we discover glaciers, volcanic regions and the Icelandic weather.
  • Day1

    The Journey Begins

    October 25, 2016 in Iceland ⋅ 🌧 6 °C

    It's been a long day travelling from Birmingham to Kefkavik airport. You can't believe the weight of the bags ... let's just say it cost us to get on the plane.

    We got a car upgrade so we have a bigger 4x4 than expected and the drive to Selfoss (65 miles) brought us the predicted rain (I think that got mentioned), wind (sound familiar?) and fog ... which somehow got left off the list. But we are here, have bought supplies, eaten and have planned the first day. Weather: We think that's been covered so probably no surprises there.

    Only one photo today of the inside of the plane. We were impressed with the lighting mimicking the Northern Lights. Nice touch Icelandair.

    So it's time to sleep ... to the sound of driving rain.

    Rob and Tony.
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  • Day2

    Kerid Crater

    October 26, 2016 in Iceland ⋅ 🌧 6 °C

    First stop on the tourist trail today. Blowing with showers but some good rainbows to see. We've stopped for a coffee on the way to Pingvellir and saw one. It actually looked better than the photo.

  • Day2

    þingvellir

    October 26, 2016 in Iceland ⋅ ☁️ 5 °C

    All the photos you see on our trip are taken on Rob's phone. Both the photos you see taken here have a rainbow in them which appeared as we arrived and when we left it was still there. This is what marked our visit to where two Continental Plates are moving apart. You could see the end of the rainbow so close to us you could almost see the pot of gold. Of course, the reason the rainbow persisted was the fine mist of rain sweeping across the site, driven by a strong wind of the relentless kind.

    This didn't stop us, though it tried, and we think we got some really good photos. It's a fascinating place even when it's wet and windy. But there was sun too, and this is what made it for us.
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  • Day2

    Gullfoss Waterfall

    October 26, 2016 in Iceland ⋅ ⛅ 24 °C

    Upon arriving that wind was still there but the rain had stopped. This didn't hinder the Iceland ecosystem of course as it was still possible to get soaked if you ventured too close the falls.

    They are spectacular and, we read, at peak times 2000 cubic metres of water flow over those rocks every second.

    The lighting was quite grey at first but then for less than ten minutes the sun lit the falls with a warm light. Brilliant ... that's what did it for us. Two sites, two pots of luck.
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  • Day2

    Geysir

    October 26, 2016 in Iceland ⋅ ☀️ 4 °C

    The place that gave its name to all the rest.

    It's an eerie place not only because you hear all the tourists in a multitude of languages shouting "Ah Captain ... there she blows!", but the ground steaming is not the sort of thing you find in the better parts of Wolverhampton. Mind you, having said that perhaps we can think of some places where a steaming landscape in Wolver'ampton may not be all that difficult to find.

    The smell of sulphur (gone off eggs to you), coloured earth with greens, reds and whites, boiling pools and a geyser which erupts every few minutes. How on earth could there be anything to photograph?

    As you can see, we tried and in the fading light this ended our day. See you tomorrow.
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  • Day3

    Travelling Route 32 North

    October 27, 2016 in Iceland ⋅ ⛅ 25 °C

    The aim of this morning was to explore a route more towards the interior of Iceland. The scenery was very different than yesterday, as you can see. The first part of the journey the weather was sunny with a few showers and as we neared Mount Burfell the light on the snow-topped landscape was lovely. So we decided to venture up to a viewpoint which immediately resulted in someone turning off the light. Great, thanks a lot!

    Now came the gamble - do we stay or do we go? (Isn't there a song about that?) .... we gambled and stayed in the hope the idiot who turned off the light would remember to turn it back on. Eventually, it sort of arrived but just as we'd given up. Tony thinks he may have ended up with one useful shot here but Rob? You're looking at his best effort and it was taken on the phone. Typical.
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  • Day3

    Bleak Weather

    October 27, 2016 in Iceland ⋅ 🌧 17 °C

    So we left and continued the journey which would then take us south on F26 becoming the 26. The 'F' designates an unsurfaced dirt road, though we didn't see much dirt and not a great deal of road to be honest.

    As we travelled north the weather deteriorated and our quest to find waterfalls to photograph got thwarted and in the end we found none. The four photos you see are before we turned south onto the dirt road and when we did the road was snow covered and it started to snow, quite heavily at times. At one point we experienced complete white-out though we were parked up at the time. Driving-wise we were fine with a 4x4 with studded winter tyres.

    It wasn't all yucky, as beforehand we'd travelled through some spectacular scenery with snow covered mountains bathed in a soft light. Sorry, Rob forgot to take a picture for you.

    After that however, photo opportunity were minimal and we needed to press on to get to the main waterfall of the day or, more accurately, the only waterfall of the day.
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  • Day3

    Seljalandsfoss Waterfall

    October 27, 2016 in Iceland ⋅ ⛅ 15 °C

    We arrived in the hope of mixing a sunset with a waterfall but the weather was still against us with heavy wintery showers which, if they didn't soak us, the waterfall sure did. Good job our cameras can survive getting wet.

    Dull and challenging lighting made this a difficult shoot and 200 wandering tourists had to be contended with as well ... oh, and a film crew producing a commercial for Experia.com. Rob found the waterfall to show you, as you can see, and we did our best to get a decent photo though we're worried the phone beat us again - how does a phone do that? Seriously though, due to the lighting we won't quite know what the results will be until we get home and again we were pretty much the last to leave as the light ebbed its way to darkness.Read more

  • Day4

    Skogafoss Waterfall

    October 28, 2016 in Iceland ⋅ 🌬 3 °C

    A lot of lens wiping was needed here, not just because of the spray from Skogafoss but there were frequent sleet showers too. It snowed heavily for a while when we were driving here. Between showers, however, there was sunshine which created a rainbow for our waterfall photographs, not that you can tell as Rob forgot to take one for you.

    Sorry everybody: Rob has actually managed to photograph the end of the rainbow and could still not see that elusive pot of gold.
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