My journey to the land of dreams began on the top shelf of the Adler – Moscow train. In the evening I was in the capital, spent the night, then two flights, and by the end of the next day I was where I had dreamed of becoming so long. Well, then the Atlantic, glaciers, geysers, waterfalls and of course the Aurora. Generally our photo tour starts! Yeahoo!
But first a few numbers: – I drove 1433 km in the south of Iceland and a few hundred in the west, but already a passenger – 67.1 gigabytes of photos remained on my hard drive even after the first sorting – 27 stories were published during the trip and some bombings were successful (which were missing – see Actual on my Instagram profile); – 9 new friends (not to be confused with followers) were won during this time; – 900 grams of excess weight was lost, although it ate like a slaughter, but I was not lazy to run and even run with a heavy photo backpack to constant region.
Although I originally traveled to Iceland for landscapes, it is simply impossible to ignore Icelandic architecture.
Both tradition and modern liked it very much. It is a pity, however, that it was not possible to take clear pictures because I was very interested in filming even more amazing northern nature. Even in Reykjavik, he didn't really walk, just stared out of the car window. But there will be a reason to return, as they say.
And so we go straight to nature. And let's start with the waterfalls. There are simply a large number of them in Iceland. In the truest sense of the word, don't look and you will definitely see at least a small waterfall.
Personally, I probably liked Svartifoss and Seljalandsfoss the most. I'm not joking about unspoken Icelandic names, ok? Remember, when you hear the Icelandic word ending in "foss" we are talking 100% of a waterfall. Yes, the 60-meter Skogafoss was also very well received, because on this day the wind speed was up to 38 m / s and the falling water currents threw the wind back upwards in a very picturesque way. I'll show the photo later, but now you can see in my story how the human cheeks flutter no less painfully with such wind power.
Keep going. What else is Iceland famous for? Every time I want to write "dreamland" I will try to hold myself back. Of course, all kinds of volcanic activities! As one of the participants in the photo tour, Olya cleverly remarked: "The earth breathes. It is true, its breathing is not the freshest."
By the way, everyone has heard of the Icelandic Blue Lagoon, right? This spa resort was not included in the program of our tour as it is expensive and has to be booked very early, but a quick look, yes. Most, if not all, of the ladies had bright eyes. The experience of swimming in semi-wild hot springs seemed much more interesting to me. I will definitely tell you about it in one of the following posts.
In the meantime, we are turning to glaciers, which occupy more than 11% of the country's total territory. By the way, on this occasion I suggest learning another popular Icelandic word – jöküdl. And the name of the most unspeakable glacier, Eyyafyadlayokyudl.
In general, of course, it is an indescribable feeling to stand a few meters from the glacier and hear how many tons of ice blocks suddenly start to crackle.
We wanted to see, see and take photos of the Northern Lights on a photo tour of Iceland at the end of February. And one day we were lucky. I'm not going to say that there was a direct heavenly extravagance, but still several frames came out.
On this day we stayed in our campers in the Jökulsaurloun glacier lagoon. And of course we are not alone. At midnight, the coast was littered with amateur photographers from all over the world, many of whom unfortunately shamelessly shone strong lanterns on the ice floes from time to time to maintain autofocus and thus disturb everyone else. But above all, two powerful drones, each with 8 screws, caused additional trouble. At the height of the glow, they began to fly over the lagoon, one pointing a strong spotlight at the ice and the second. Someone said this was done from a clip for a local rapper. I don't know what they ended up shooting there and why it wasn't possible during the day or at least to find a less crowded and popular place. But they screwed up a lot of frames. And judging by the curses that came from all sides, not just for me.
By the way, over the Jökülsaurloun glacier lagoon. The other day, he showed photos to a friend and admitted that he didn't understand the scale. How big are these ice floes? He asked me.
"It's something like that," I replied, showing him this photo. Here is the same story as in the mountains. To understand the scale in the frame, you need a man, and it's good to wear light-colored clothes.
A no less cool place next to the glacier lagoon is Diamond Beach. I am sure that nobody asked why it was called that. In general, all black volcanic sand beaches in Iceland themselves cause hysterical attacks of uncontrolled photography, and this is all the more true as glittering ice floes are washed ashore by the surf.
When talking about the dreamland Iceland, one can only mention the smallest borefoot Icelandic horses. Well, right mi-mi, right?
I also saw animals, seals, deer, geese and such a white partridge. But the famous dead ends were not to be seen. They won't be returning to Iceland until April.
In this photo maybe the place that impressed me the most. You know what? In any case, there will be a separate contribution about him.
In addition, you will surely be surprised by the large number of cool SUVs on giant wheels in Iceland. I will show the best in a separate post and also tell how we drove the program on Renault Master minibuses, how our RVs, Icelandic roads and other infrastructures are arranged.
Well, if you don't want to read, but would like to see all of the above personally, you can now send me a "beacon" to [email protected] We will definitely repeat this tour in the next winter-spring season and we are already developing a new program for those who want to see Iceland in the warm season. And there will already be SUVs, tents and the most interesting and inaccessible places in central Iceland that can only be seen in summer. Write now to get all the details as we will try again to make these tours as inexpensive as possible for the participation costs. In addition, an interesting photo tour of the Kola Peninsula will be offered in September. Almost all places are booked out, but there are still a few more.
PS In Iceland there is a special word for happiness – "hvelreki" which means "to throw a whale ashore on your estate". Write it in the comments to me, yourself, and all of us! =)
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