Time to finally check out Stokksnes. I’d done some image research and decided to go around sunrise at 3:30am to see how the light looked. I arrived at the Viking Cafe, closed of course, and set about figuring out the self pay station. The land owner charges a small fee to roam his land for photos.
I headed north out of the parking lot, which I later learned was an error. If you want the typical shot that most people get at Stokksnes, you need to head east towards the Radar Station. I kind of regretted my error but then no because I got some unique vistas and was able to catch a great sunrise as well.
So I wandered across beautiful black and past the “Viking Village Movie Set along the massive peaks of Vesturhorn. The beach was mostly dry, with a tiny pool of water showing at this point. It would grow considerably later on on my way back. I reached the bog around which I could see Brunnhorn peeking past Vesturhorn.
At this point, sunrise skies were on fire and I was backtracking all over the black sand getting shots. I was in my Salomon shoes, and getting soaked but didn’t care.
Looking back the other way was good too, as is often the case with burning sunrises.
I kept wandering back along the beach, while watching the sunrise. I felt like I got some nice shots even though I didn’t make it out to the typical area. I was thankful for the solitude, great light and calm smooth beach.
I got back to the pool of water on the black sand which was growing as I watched. Looking back towards Brunnhorn, it looked like mercury reflecting the skies.
I made it back to the van and napped for several hours. My Salomons were pretty much soaked to the core so I was happy I had several other pairs of shoes with me. Eventually I ended up back in Hofn for coffee. Daytime was either sleeping or scouting time. I did a lot of both. Checking the weather, I realized that the next morning was to be another day of gray rain so I had to make tonight’s sunset and sunrise count. I planned on focusing on Jokulsarlon partially because I knew there was more to be found there and the ice had certainly been re-arranging itself. But also because I truly enjoyed being there.