Today is my third day in Iceland. Unfortunately the weather is really bad at the moment (rain+fog=impossible to do anything), but in the last 2 days I’ve already had so many great and new experiences!
I landed in Keflavik late at night. Just a few hours later I updated my blog saying I was hoping to see the northern lights from the window seat while flying to Iceland… I still can’t believe it, but it happened! What a magical welcome to Iceland! It put me in a good mood, and even if the weather forecasts are bad for the next days, at least I can say I saw the aurora! I don’t have good pics though… so I hope to see another one at least.
I spent my first full day in Iceland exploring Reykjavik: woke up to heavy snow (disappointment!), that left space to a beautiful sun by the time I took a shower.
Reykjavik is a small, colorful city. I like the simple, modern lines of the houses, and the view of the surroundings: sea and ice! To enjoy the best panoramic view of Reykjavik, I made sure I visited Hallgrímskirkja and its tower.
I walked up and down the city, taking advantage of the enjoyable weather and trying to see as much as possible. In the middle of the city lies a pond (Tjörnin) with hundreds of swans and ducks.
The sun rises around 10am and sets around 5.30pm. I was going to caption this photo “Tjörnin at sunset”, but it would be wrong: even if the days are now pretty long, the sun is never very high, so you get the “sunset effect” for many hours. Shadows are long and the light is golden. Beautiful!
There’s something unique that adds up to the beauty of the place, and it’s the people’s mood! Since I stepped onto my flight to Iceland, I started observing and looking for “Icelandic characters”. What I like most so far is the genius Icelandic humor, and the genuine love and pride that Icelandic people feel towards their country.
Michael, the guy who hosted me on my first two nights, has lived abroad many times, but he told me
I know I will always come back to Iceland. No place is like here.
I totally understand what he means!
Ok, ok, you’ve been waiting for the naturalistic photos. So let me quickly say that I plan on seeing more of Reykjavik when I go back there!
I am now in the South-East of Iceland, in a place called Höfn í Hornafirði. I flew here yesterday morning, on a 6-rows plane. This was a new experience for me: I flew on small planes before, but I never took off from a runway covered in snow!
The exploration began: I met Runólfur and he took me straight to the lagoon of Jökulsárlón, where pieces of millenarian ice from the Breiðamerkurjökull glacier fall into the water and become icebergs, floating in the lagoon where fresh and salty water mix. It’s another world!
It was pretty cold, but not as freezing as it may seem. I believe the temperature was around 0°C all day long.
The highlight of the day was definitely the Mígandafoss waterfall. When it’s not icy, you can walk behind the waterfall in a natural tunnel. Isn’t this something?
I have never seen anything like this before… but this is not all! I have to add one last thing to yesterday’s new experiences: Icelandic wildlife!
Okay, okay, enough great experiences for now… well actually there is more, from today… but I will tell you about this on the next post! I hope you enjoyed the photos.