My battery is nearly dead. We need to hit the road now if we're going to make it. Photos now, words later.
The last few days have been wildly variable in the weather. Largely it poured the entire time. Occasionally we'd catch a break or we'd just deal with it. It was a pretty great day, the plane was awesome, we got to see Puffins(!) and while I didn't get to photograph Vik in how I imagined, we saw a lot of things I hadn't seen previously. So next trip. Haha. Ok, gtg.
ps. photos by the little Fuji Cameras that could. Big thanks to Lumoid for lending a Fuji X-T1. It's been fantastic. More to come.
We headed south east for an early meeting with our guide for the day. We were heading into the highlands to Landmannalaugar, but first we made our way to Hekla. Hekla is a volcano that erupts about every 10 to 15 years. It last erupted in March 2000...so we're all good.
While a top Hekla, we made our way to a crater and a crater lake. The crater had beautiful red mineral rock bed, and the lake while called "ugly puddle" was actually quite lovely. It was here that the weather started to take a turn. High winds, speeds of up to 40+ mph would nearly blow us over.
By the time we got to Landmannalaugar, the skies had opened and it was pouring down rain. We would eat our lunch and take a small hike around Iceland's most colorful mountains. I would have loved to have made a few photographs with the Phase One + Arca system I brought but the weather was just terrible. Too risky. Thankfully, my friends at Lumoid set me up with a nice Fuji XT1 kit. With a weather sealed Fuji, it was a perfect companion for this sort of adventure. A tough, handle anything sort of camera that provides a great image and doesn't weigh a ton. All these were shot on a Fuji system.
More to come...
The first day is always a bit of a challenge. We landed at 5am Icelandic time. Flight via Wow Air was all well and good, we got our car and headed into Reykjavik for food and supplies. Of course nothing is really open at 7am so we meandered around town for a bit. Luckily we found a bakery for breakfast, which was quite good.
Perhaps to our determent, for whatever reason, if I'm not staying in Reykjavik for the entire day, then I all want to do is leave the city as fast as possible. Twice now, I've done this is and it's of highly suspect logic. Thus we hit the road, following my previous footsteps which allowed me to be a bit of a tour guide as Chelsea got her first experience of the country.
We then rode horses for a couple of hours, ate and drank with some locals, and visited Gullfoss long past the sun had set. All in all, pretty good first day. Tomorrow, we're headed in to the highlands with my friends at South Iceland Adventures. Should be good. Now, sleep.