Bakkagerði to Reyðarfjörður

Day 61. 29th August. Bakkagerði, Gufufoss, Seyðisfjörður(?), Reyðarfjörður , East Iceland.

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I woke up before the dawn in Bakkagerði and walked down to the shoreline to photograph the rising of the sun.

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After dawn, I returned to the small town, found the mechanic and he changed the wheel on the campervan.  This is a very isolated place and he only accepted cash.  It was the only situation I encountered in Iceland where I had to pay money and was not able to use a credit card.
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The day’s travel from Bakkagerði (and Borgarfjörður Eystri) past the plains of Héradsflói to Gufufoss and Reyðarfjörður.

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This is the privately owned house Lindarbakki on the main street at Bakkagerði.  The notice in front of the house says:

The house Linderbakki belongs to Elísabet Sveinsdóttir.  During the winter she lives in her house in Kópavogur but from mid-May to the end of August every year she dwells here.

Elísabet and her husband, Skúli Ingvarsson, bought Lindarbakki in 1979.  The deed of sale describes the house as follows:  Linderbakki is very old, built of turf, stones, wood and cement and is in many ways not a fashionable property.  Elísabet and Skúli put a lot of work in renovating the house and erected a little shed in the same style as the house on the site.  The shed now houses a collection of artefacts and old equipment which Elísabet and Skúli have collected through the years.  Skúli died in 1987 and since then Elísabet has seen to the upkeep of the house with other helping hands.  Lindarbakki is heated by an old black oil heater, still in its original state.

The house is about 30m², including the hall/ lobby.  There is one bedroom in the house, a kitchen as well as a bathroom.  The cellar is beneath the house which contains a well.  The cellar is the oldest part of the present house dated 1899.  The woodwork in the house is mainly from 1934.

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The town also boasts a small sculpture garden of industrial artifacts.

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Heading now back towards Egilsstaðir and Seyðisfjörður, this is the pool at the top of the ridge that I photographed in the gloom of the previous evening.

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This image and the following three are in the nearby plain of Héradsflói.

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Dark and stormy conditions.

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This is a curious hut by the side of the road complete with a picnic table.  The sign at the top says “Coke-Sjalf Salt”, the sign on the door says “Opid/ Open” and it is unlocked.  I did go inside but I don’t think there was anything there.  Perhaps it is manned at some times of the year or perhaps there is sometimes an honesty system or perhaps it is just a relic of the past.  I am not sure of its purpose.  Perhaps an historic depot for locals of coke (coal) for fires and salt for preserving fish, periodically updated from Egilsstaðir ?

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I stopped in Egilsstaðir for a while to replace the tyre on the spare wheel and the proceeded to this waterfall, Gufufoss, not far from Egilsstaðir on the road to Seyðisfjörður.  It is raining and there are water droplets on the lens.

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Next I originally intended to continue on to Seyðisfjörður.  However, I was running out of time so I turned back at the waterfall and continued on to Reyðarfjörður.

Seyðisfjörður however is a site of very early if sparse settlement.  The foundations of a burnt church have been dated to the tenth century and some exhumed graves to the eighth.  In the latter case, they must be Irish monks.

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This is a small farm just before Reyðarfjörður.

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I don’t know the name of these cascades but they are quite close to the farm in the previous image, perhaps on the other side of the road.

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Fjardaál aluminium smelter in Reyðarfjörður.

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Fjords Eskifjörður on the left; Reyðarfjörður on the right.

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Central North-East Iceland

Day 61. 29th August. Central North-East Iceland.

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At the side of the road, south of Husavik.

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I had intended to drive from Husavik to Bakkagerði by the seldom-used coastal road via Kópasker, Raufarhöfn, Þórshöfn, Bakkafjörður and Vopnafjörður.  However I had to get the campervan back on the appointed time and I calculated I needed to go the direct route on the tar to save some time.

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This is also between Husavik and Mývatn, but closer to Mývatn.

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This image and the next five are somewhere in the area of Mývatn.

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All are landscapes highly affected by volcanic activity.

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This image and the next two are past Mývatn, between the western road to Dettifoss and Selfoss that I took and the eastern sealed route that most people take.  Stark volcanic landscapes under dramatic skies.

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In the distance is the suspension bridge across the Jökulsá á Fjöllum river that leads to Dettifloss, Selfoss and Vesterdalur.  You can see it a bit more clearly if you click on the image for a larger view.  The point I took the photograph from is marked on the map above as “View of suspension bridge”.

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This is closer to Egilsstaðir and the view is not so stark.

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There was a more direct route to Bakkagerði but I was running short of petrol and needed to go to Egilsstaðir.  So I had dinner in Egilsstaðir and drove on.  This is just north of Bakkagerði, on the ridge between Héradsflói and Borgarfjörður Eystri, looking towards Héradsflói.

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Just before Bakkagerði, I found I had another flat tyre.  Those of you who read earlier posts will know I had no capacity of changing the wheel.  This time I was not so far from a town and on a good road.

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From the same place, looking in another direction,  this is Bakkagerði in the distance and Borgarfjörður Eystri (the fjord) behind it.  I drove into town while destroying the tyre but not the wheel and parked for the night outside the garage.

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Husavik

Day 61 to 62. 28th to 29th August. Husavic, Iceland (North).

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This is Husavik.  I don’t show anything of the town itself.  What caught my attention were the boats moored at the dock.

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I arrived at Husavik in the late afternoon, coming from Dettifoss, Selfoss, Verterdalur and Ásbyrgi earlier in the day.

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Husavik was the first Scandinavian settlement in Iceland.  The Swedish Viking Garðar Svavarsson sailed round Iceland and wintered here in 870.  He built a house on shore and hence Husavik means Bay of Houses.

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The Landnámabók or Book of Settlements relates early settlement events between about 870 and 930 and the first version probably dates back to the 12th century.   It is the source of information for Garðar Svavarsson’s adventures.  It records that when he sailed away the next spring, a man called Náttfari escaped from the party in a boat with a young servant woman.  They settled on the other side of the bay from Husavik and thus became the first permanent settlers in Iceland, apart from a few Irish monks.

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For the next thousand years there was not much at Husavik.  It only became a town in the late nineteenth century when it became a port for exporting sulphur to Europe to make gunpowder (sulphur being plentiful in volcanic Iceland).

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There is a Whale Museum here and I remember visiting it but little more.  I presume that Husavik was a centre of whaling at the turn of the nineteenth century though I can find no explicit reference to this on the web.

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It was certainly a fishing port and in the early 1960s the viability of the fishing industry began to recede so the town reinvented itself as a centre for whale watching and tourism.

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Here is one of the whale watching boats coming in…

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…and the passengers disembarking.

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Next morning now, around dawn.

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Ásbyrgi

Day 61. 28th August. Ásbyrgi, Iceland (Northeast).

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From Vesterdalur to Ásbyrgi, a giant horseshoe-shaped canyon.  It is 3.5 kilometres deep and 1.1 kilometres wide and there is a large rock formation at its entrance called Eyjan (or the Island).  It was formed when Odin’s eight-legged horse Sleipnir briefly touched down with one of its hooves, though there don’t appear to be any actual eyewitness accounts of this on the web.

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It is not far from Vesterdalur and still in Jökulsárgljúfur National Park.

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Here’s looking up one of the cliffs, which are one hundred metres high.

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The canyon was once on the path of the river, which is now a few miles to the east.  It is said to have been formed in a couple of catastrophic events since the last ice age when a large lake built up behind glacial walls, the  walls were breached and a sudden and dramatic flash flood of unimaginable proportions ensued.

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Ásbyrgi Canyon is also said to be the capital of the huldufólk or hidden folk or elves, living in the cliffs in wonderful buildings.  But only some can see them.

It is said that a young couple were living in separate farms, one in the canyon and one just outside, but social rank prevented their union.  One of the huldufólk told them her lover had been taken by a creature living in the cliffs and turned into a beast that lived in the pond.  The beast would surface only when the midnight sun played over the cliff face.  On the elf’s instruction they threw some of their most treasured possessions into the mouth of the beast when it surfaces which broke the spell.  The elf then made sure the young couple could marry.

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Botnstjörn Lake is at the foot of the cliffs at the apex of the canyon, which makes it very protected and still, thus providing great reflections.

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Green-winged Teal (female).  (Click for larger view).

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Green-winged Teal.

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Greeen-winged Teal

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Ring-necked duck (female).

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According to the date/time stamp on the image, this is about a third of the way from Ásbyrgi to Husavik but I can’t be more specific than that.  You’d probably have to click on the image to see it larger but there is a house in the distance at the top left which must have a magnificent view indeed.

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Vesterdalur

Day 61. 28th August. Vesterdalur, Iceland (Northeast).

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Below is the Hljóðaklettar parking area, which gives access to the Vesterdalur area.

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From Dettifoss and Selfoss I travelled a short distance to Vesterdalur.  Later that afternoon I travelled on to Ásbyrgi (next post) and then spent the night at Husavik (post after that).

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So this is part of Vesterdalur, which in turn is part of the Jökulsárgljúfur canyon on the Jökulsá á Fjöllum river inside Jökulsárgljúfur National Park.  (An Icelandic person will be knocking on your door to give you a pronunciation test in due course).

The red hill just visible in the left distance is part of the Rauðhólar (Red hills), a row of scoria cones.

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Jökulsá á Fjöllum means the Glacier River from the Mountains and it runs over two hundred kilometres from the Vatnajökull ice cap.

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Here we have a couple of petrified trolls – Karl and Kerling.

Hljóðaklettar, Iceland, Jökulsá á Fjöllum river, Jökulsárgljúfur Canyon, Jökulsárgljúfur National Park, Landscape, Nature, Photography, Travel, Vesterdalur, Wilderness Karl and Kerling in a wider context.

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A closer look at some of these structures reveals basalt crenulations somewhat reminiscent of Aldeyjarfoss.

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A closer look at Kerling (or is it Karl?).

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Placid pool at the base of canyon cliffs.

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Dettifoss, Selfoss, Vesterdalur and Ásbyrgi are all in Jökulsárgljúfur National Park although Dettifoss and Selfoss are not within Jökulsárgljúfur Canyon.  The canyon is over 24 kilometres long, half a kilometre wide and up to one hundred metres deep.

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Selfoss

Day 60 to 61. 27th to 28th August. Selfoss, Iceland (Northeast).

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Selfoss and Dettifoss are accessible from the same carpark (so for a map, see the previous post).  There is a walking trail of twenty or thirty minutes to either of them though the trails go in different directions.   I took this image with the last of the light after photographing Dettifoss (previous post) and walking a way down the Selfoss trail.

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Next morning I got up before sunrise.  Here I was still some distance from the waterfall and the light was changing fast.

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Now getting closer, for an overall view.

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Though the light was getting brighter, my exposures were getting longer….

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There’s an interesting story behind this image for those who know a little about photography.  It is a 30 second exposure, Nikon D3s, 85mm f1.4 at f11, 1600ISO.  But when I was in Greenland, on one of the last days, on fumbling with camera settings under a camera rain cover, I inadvertently changed the specifications for saving files.  Instead of 16MP, I was saving files at 2.8MP, though at least they were TIFFs (should have been full-sized RAWs).  This affected 350 images out of about 6,500 for Spitsbergen, Greenland and Iceland.

I only discovered this a few weeks ago.  Last October, not having noticed I was working with a small file, I entered a print of this image into the Canberra Photographic Society monthly competition and received a score of 5 (out of 5).  I had actually cropped down somewhat in the sky for the print and the file size was in fact 2.2MB.  I did print on matte paper but even so….

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Dettifoss

Day 60. 27th August, Dettifoss, Iceland (Northeast).

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Having parked on the western side of the falls, this is the walking track leading to Dettifoss.  It is just after 9pm (assuming the camera time is correct) and direct sunlight is fast disappearing.

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Dettifoss and Selfoss are about fifty kilometres from the Myvatn Camping Grounds.  One guidebook I have says the 862 road is not suitable for two wheel drive vehicles but I don’t recall having any problems.

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You can see from the path to the falls that we are still a fair way back from and above the edge.

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You can only get so close.  The rocks may be slippery near the edge and you need to stay out of the spray to take a photograph.

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Some images show the effect of different shutter speeds.

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Dettifoss, at 100 metres wide and 44 metres high, is the largest waterfall in Europe by volume of water.

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