Today we visited Langisjór lake and its national park in the Highlands. The lake is around 20 km in length and up to 2 km wide. This area is directly opposite where we detoured to on day 5 but travel across the area is no longer possible because there is now a large river in between, caused by an eruption .
We set off very early in order to get to the lake when the sun was high and the water fairly still, with reflections. The clouds and wind usually pick up later in the morning.
I took a number of shots of the lake from various angles, including a hike up to get a panoramic view of the river and national park. The light was perfect and produced vibrant colours and shadows on the landscape, making the early rise very worthwhile.
Just before midday we left the national park and headed off
off route, along a dirt track, to an area known as Kvislalon. The landscape here was completely different from the vibrant colours around the lake. This area is rarely visited, except for fishermen who use the few small cabins that we came across.
I have chosen pictures to illustrate the effect of volcanic activity in the area.
Haukur had seen Faxatun lake from the air but had never been there so we persevered along the track and even had to drive along a river bed to reach it. We were surprised to meet a lone hiker in this remote and inaccessible area. The only people who visit this area are fishermen.
After a long bumpy ride we got back on the dirt road that leads down from the national park and I took this last picture on the way.
This is a great area for photographers to visit
Today we went to see the glacier lagoon and after the poor weather of yesterday, it was a pleasant surprise to have a sunny and warm day. Our route took us about 150 Kilometres along Highway 1 and early into the journey we walked up to an impressive gorge, Fjadrarglijifur, made popular by Justin Beeber, who used it in a video.
Further along I took this shot of these rapids with the Mountain named Sida in the background.
The Oraefajokull glacier was on our route and I took two pictures there, one in front of the glacier and then spotted a reflection in a pond.
From there we proceeded on to the Glacier Lake where I spent some time photographing the blue icebergs that float there.
By the sea, on the shore of the lagoon, I spotted this lone iceberg.I am having an early night because we plan to leave soon after dawn tomorrow.
We hade a long journey ahead of us today, so we left the hotel on Lake Myvatn early. The weather in the North has been glorious but today there is driving rain and the temperature has dropped considerably. About two hours into our journey, we made a detour to the waterfall of Aldeyjarfoss, with its beautiful basalt formations.
Nearby, is the smaller waterfall of Hrafnabjargafoss. It was difficult to photograph these falls as the wind was howling and the rain kept getting on the lens. My umbrella proved useless at keeping the rain off.
When we left the falls, we had a long drive over very barren landscape on a rough gravel road. I have included this picture to illustrate what the environment looked like.
As we drove the next 150 kilometres, we found little gems of beauty, particularly near rivers. The yellow moss appears fluorescent against the grey rocks.
The appearance of beds of Artic River Beauty is a real surprise.
Considering that this area is covered with snow for most of the year, there are quite a number of wild flowers growing. I have included a few here that I spotted growing in small clumps near river beds.
After many hours of rough driving, the road passed through an area between two glacier mountains. Although we did not see much ice on this section of Vatnajokull, it is the largest glacier in Europe and covers 8% of Iceland.
When we were getting close to our destination, Hrauneyjar Higland Centre, we turned off to visit one of my favourite places in Iceland – The Fishing Lakes. The area is off the beaten track and the dark landscape is lit up by an abundance of moss and small clumps of grass . I have included three pictures from this region to illustrate the beauty of the place. The sun was breaking through the clouds and lighting up the moss and grass.
I am signing off now. The sixth day is a long one as we drive to the South over difficult tracks but amazing landscape.