After three nights of aurora borealis we decided to lower the pace and giving ourselves a little rest. Despite of this great plan we did another morning shoot on Jökulsárlón beach for a very nice sunrise before we had to catch our plane (not plain) to the North, destination Akureyri. Arriving in the North was like visiting an other country, lots of snow made it look totally different from the South. First destination in the North, Goðafoss.
In the year 999 or 1000 the Lawspeaker Þorgeir Ljósvetningagoði made Christianity the official religion of Iceland. After his conversion it is said that upon returning from the Alþingi, Þorgeir threw his statues of the Norse gods into the waterfall. That’s the origin of the name of this waterfall.
After Goðafoss we had an appointment with low-tide. The next location can only be reached at certain times of the day because of the tide. Only a few people know the exact location of this arc. During the search for this arc by Daniella and Marsel several locals were asked. Nobody knows or recognized the example photographed long time ago. Glad we made it back before the tide came in.
Dettifoss was amazing, at first it looked like it was to difficult to get there with the bus we had rented. But there is always a solution, in this case just get transportation with bigger wheels. So that was the plan and we reached Dettifoss. The view from the east in winter is breathtaking!
Dimmuborgir is an area of randomly strewn lava rocks and cliffs, surrounded by vegetation, such as low bushes and plants. Dimmuborgir is a place of surprises with its myriad forms and images, small caves and towering volcanic rock, pierced by natural apertures. The most famous of these formations is “The Church”, aptly named, as this is a cave, open at both ends and with a dome-like ceiling.
Myvatn Nature Baths aka Little Blue lagoon. The water supplies for the lagoon run straight from the National Power Company´s bore hole in Bjarnarflag. This is where this image was taken. The water has a temperature of about 130°C when it arrives to the huge basin beside the lagoon itself forming an impressive, man-made hot spring. Altogether, the lagoon and the basin contain around 3.5 million litres of water with a temperature of 36 – 40°C.
Mývatn is a shallow eutrophic lake situated in an area of active volcanism in the north of Iceland, not far from Krafla volcano. The lake and its surrounding wetlands have an exceptionally rich fauna of waterbirds, especially ducks. The lake was created by a large basaltic lava eruption 2300 years ago, and the surrounding landscape is dominated by volcanic landforms, including lava pillars and rootless vents (pseudocraters). The effluent river Laxá is known for its rich fishing for Brown Trout and Atlantic Salmon.
Last day in the North. We have seen many horses during the trip and a waitress told us that locals keep horses mainly as a hobby. But some are more serious keeping herds of more than over 20. And you can guess what happened on the last day we really needed to search for the horses. The Icelandic horse is a breed of horse developed in Iceland. Although the horses are small, at times pony-sized, most registries for the Icelandic refer to it as a horse. Icelandic horses are long-lived and hardy. Iceland didn’t want us to leave.
(n)Iceland was in one word breathtaking, definitely worth to visit again.