Iceland - Around Snaefellsnes

March 30, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

What a nice day at Snaefellsness. The sun is shining and the landscape at that Peninsula is great with the Snaefellsjökul glacier in the middle of these natur conservation park. We startet at Budir and go round the coastline remembering the Jules Verne book " journey to the center of the earth" where the tour starts close to the Snaefellsjökul glacier in a cave named Vatnshellir and end at the Stromboli volcano an island close to Sizilia...but that is not our planed route.
On our tour we driving round these peninsula and there a some nice view points where we have a great look to the rough sea and the coast line. We stop at the black beach at Djúpalónssandur, where rough lava stones on the black stone beach and in the background the white shining cap of the Snaefellsjökul...what a scenery!


Iceland - Hvistikur - Snaefellsnes

March 30, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

Closing the circle of the ring road No1 by driving from Hvistikur to Snaefellsness again, we decide to go on the south side of Snaefellsness, because the forecast for cloud coverage was a little bit better than on the north side and we have an new chance to see some Aurora. Beside the street we see some small houses of the trolls what should be a good sign for the night.
And Yes, later when we drove over the mountain pass road to go to the south side we stop at an side way in the mountains when then the show begins. So the forecast was right and we get an new show of the green light we were hunting the most time for. It was amazing show because it was really strong and the colors changes from green to purple and the beams are directly above our heads. We are the only one at that area and it was a wonderful feeling again.
Later on we drove with a good feeling to the beach on the south side and found a nice area for sleeping close to an church. There was still some Aurora light in the sky which illuminate also wonderful the church and due to the coast side a nice noise of the surf was the background sound.
At the next morning we take a little walk into the dunes and have a very nice sunrise with a great view to the Snaefellsjökul glacier which were illuminated of the rising sun.
Now we can drive to the north of Snaefellsnes again by driving along the western coast circle..another good weather forecast is visible and we want to catch the Kirkjufell with Aurora. Let see if we can trust the forecast.

The sky is burning in different colors

View above


 

Small church with Aurora


Iceland - Hvitserkur

March 29, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

Next stop should be Hvitserkur, where we expect some nice Aurora in the night, because the forecast was very good with KP6 and with the nice Hvitsergur stone in the foreground it should be a nice show.
But unfortunately the clouds came earlier than expected and no polar lights were visible.
The journey to that place at the peninsula Vatnsnes, was a very nice trip through phantastic landscape and only reachable with 45 min drive on off road street.


Iceland - Myvatn lake

March 28, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

With an stop over for a sleep at Egilsstadir, we planned to drive to the Myvatn lake ("meaning of myvatn = Moskito lake") but fortunately not in winter.
The stop over was a little bit extended because I forgot to switch off the car parking light for the night...So we have a little pimped wake up on this Saturday morning, when we want to start the car for warming us up.
Because we have parked our car for sleeping outside of the village at an composting ground, we have to take a little walk to the village. But it seems that the complete village is still sleeping at these morning 7:00 o´clock...And also no bakery was found.
So it takes some time to catch an old man who was driving through the village and who fortunately have a starting cable in his car.  He drove with us together to our car and I think it was a little bit strange for him that 2 German guys standing at the street and stopped him to help us with some starting power for the car. But it works and we didn't stop the engine in the next hours.
Reaching Mytvan lake in the afternoon we decide to go to an camp ground, because we have heard that at that area the police are looking strictly for wild campers. Wild camping is not allowed anymore in iceland and in our point of view it will destroy one part of the specialities for tourist who will travel by there own and be free as much as they want.
Mytvan Lake is an very nice area with a high volcanic system of around 100km and with the 880 m high volcanic center and we spend at least 3 night at the camp ground.
Also for Ralf who have big cold since the 2nd day of our journey it was an opportunity to relax and get healthy.

It was a great time at the campground to meet also a lot of other traveller and it was a very relaxed atmosphere at the nice building at that camp ground.
On daytime after our long breakfast we visit some waterfalls the Godafoss and Dettifoss. I test also my Drohne at the volcano and due to the strong wind the drone didn't come back and has landed anywhere in the lava field, where we only roughly recognized where she goes down. 
My feeling was that we lost her, but fortunately we found her in good condition and we were happy to get minimum the captured film of the flight around the volcano on the SD card at the drone. The same was happened on the after noon when I try to let the drone go up again at the lake. She also didn't react to any signal and flew away in one direction. But when she got back, after she get the GPS again, she has to works very hard again the strong wind and found the way back...phuu !!!

And yeah...we have three nights with visible Aurora and one of the nights a group of Hungarian people have a lot of fun, when they also see their first Aurora borealis. A great show !


Iceland - Stokkness

March 25, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

A very nice area not only for photographers is the stockness area close to the small town of Höfn. 
Few minutes driving at a off road from the ring road No1. we reach the parking place in front of a small cafe and an old viking museum village, where we have to pay a few Euros for parking.
We walk to the nice dunes which were spotted by the setting sun and set the gras at the top of the dunes in a wonderful light.
This place is also well known by a lot of photographers and a lot of these species are standing at the dunes with their tripos...like we are doing. Sometimes it is difficult to get a picture with out my photo friends.
Depending on the time this place will be visit, the tide is different and if you have luck you can get some nice mirror effect on some little lakes at the dunes.

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