This post, and the one that follows, are mostly about eye candy.
The day did not appear terribly promising when it began: the morning was a bit overcast. But the Icelandic weather service was predicting the clouds would break by the afternoon, particularly in Vesturland, the western region of the country. Since there are still a few days before the start of classes, I decided to explore a bit: in particular, I wanted to see the Hraunfossar waterfalls (which I’d never seen before), and to revisit the black church, Búðakirkja, on the western Snæfellsnes peninsula. This is the route I planned:
As I said, though, this post is mainly about eye candy, so let’s get started with a brief stop just outside Reykjavik.
And then to Borgarnes, the center point of the giant “Y”-shaped route I’d planned. Here’s the town seen from the hills looking across Borgarfjörður:
As promised, the clouds began to break shortly afterward:
It was a remarkably easy drive through some very pretty farmland.
While taking the picture above, I had my first-ever encounter with an electrified fence, brushing up against the wire while balancing my camera on the fencepost. It didn’t bite hard, but it got my attention.
After a drive through the village of Reykholt, I came to this small church, with an edge of the Langjökull (“long-glacier”) visible behind it. At over 900 square kilometers, Langjökull is the second-largest in Iceland.
Just beyond was Hraunfossar (“lava-falls”). These waterfalls — nearly a kilometer in length — flow from beneath the Hallamundurhraun lava field, emerging through fractured and porous rock to pour into the Hvítá river.
Afterward, it was back through Borgarnes and north and west to the Snæfellnes peninsula … and the second post in this series. 🙂