Dodging Tourists

September 18, 2012  •  Leave a Comment

Unlike most days of this trip so far, we lazily slept in and rolled out of bed when we desired. This was a change to the past few days where we’ve gotten up well before the sun (and everyone else for that matter) and chased the hopes of an amazing sunrise. Today however, was different. Josh had some file recovery to attend to, while I, was happy to be able to wake up whenever I pleased AND have a shower this morning.

Todays’ destinations were a plane wreck and two waterfalls in the vicinity located between our hostel in Arnes and Vik. We didnt get out of the hostel until 11am, much later than most of our days combined. The weather was nothing to write home about (so why am I?!) and so we travelled easily, not feeling the need to take any random photographs along the road.

The weather has seriously been annoying since we got here. It feels like we can’t catch a break with all the grey skies, rain, snow storms…sunlight is a rare treat and it feels counter-intuitive to this beautiful environment. But as they say, you can’t plan the weather, and you know we would have, if we could have.

The internet provided us with some basic GPS co-ordinates in which to find the wreck we knew about. After several laps of driving the same stretch of road in search for a gate, we found it and made our way to the metal carcass that lay close to the ocean. We took the required and necessary shots and got out of there, as bad weather appeared to be approaching, and the wind, oh the wind…

The bane of the day was definitely the wind, followed closely by bus-loads of tourists being emptied upon all the locations we were visiting. I can best liken these to herds of sheep. Door open, sheep flood out, proceed to ignore everything else around them, walk in front of photographers taking shots, bump into me and pass me like i’m not there. I don’t think I got one clear shot of Skogafoss, every single one has part of a blind ignorant tourist in it… In the end I figured, if you can’t beat them, join them:

The same applied to Selandjafoss, however this time the wind picking up the falling water and misting it all over the surrounding area was our enemy. Once getting behind the falls this was usually okay, however getting there in the first place was half the challenge. Eventually we got in and got the shots we wanted. As we were leaving we noticed a double rainbow, so naturally, we stayed around longer. The sheer size of this waterfall is astounding, so I’m going to give you a few more pictures so you can fully understand…

^ Colours behind the falls are people…

^ Being ignorant…

^ View from behind the falls

^ And some Rainbow lovin’…

This morning on my Facebook Photography page, I asked you what you wanted to see more of, here’s a quick Q&A of it:

Q: Ice:

A: Ice currenty only exists at Jokusarlon, or wherever it has snowed, which is not here (thankfully). As with all my shots, I dont want to share them all at once until I’ve perfected them.

Q: Fermented Shark Meat:

A: Reading the guide books and the internet suggested this “delicacy” was everywhere and a popular treat, but there’s no signs saying “Try Hakarl” or “Rotten Shark Meat here” and we’ve been all over the country. We’re going to give in and ask a local tomorrow.

Q: Icelanders:

A: They look like europeans but blonde and wearing hand-knitted wool sweaters. I’ll try some candids when we’re back in Reykjavik on Friday-Saturday.

Q: Aurora over Icebergs with a pony looking on:

A: ….. how good do you think my Photoshop skills are?!

Q: “I dare you to do a skinny dip in cold water and post picture on facebook with some creative blurring…”

A: You, my friend, are insane. I’m having a hard enough time with the wind. I don’t need pneumonia as a souvenir…

Q: Selandjfoss behind the waterfall at sunset:

A: We got close to sunset, will an hour beforehand do?

Q: Too late for a glacier walk?:

A: Yes. The purse strings are also tight.

Q: Did you go to Blue Lagoon? :

A: Not yet, but that’s what we’re doing on Sunday as a post-trip wind down before enduring another 30-something hours of airports and planes…


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