Much of the story of my trip around Iceland can be told in the rows of images on my screen here as I type. Time spent in the North. Time spent in the East Fjords. Much time spent in and around Hofn, and from there to places like Jokulsarlon, the Ice Lagoon, or Stokksnes. Then back to Hofn each night after sunset. I had found a nice hotel in the town and craving a shower and solid bed, I stayed there for three nights.
One evening, I came out to find one of my tires flat. I was irritated but grateful it wasn’t on some side road in the night, raining all around me. I made some calls and found the local car shop which fixes tires.
Patched up, I visited a place called Stokksnes three time in the next few days. I got ok weather, awful weather, and lastly amazing weather. Stokksnes is the place where the landowner charges about 8$usd to visit his land. Once you see the view from out along the beach, you’d pay almost any price.
Later on that morning, heading back to the camper and watching for great reflections in the smooth-as-glass tideflats.
All this while also watching for sunstar opportunities on the black sand dunes.
I had a great first visit to Stokksnes with the light and sunrise. I knew I would be back on this visit, but didn’t know I would have to go through a weather apocalypse of sorts before I got another amazing sunrise. Once done here each morning, I would head out east or west for as much good light as I could get.
Iceland seems to be a lot about the scenery but also about the wind. It’s constantly going. I got in the habit of opening the door, and holding onto it as it opened. I was happy to have brought quite a bit of Windstopper gear. My camper was my travelling photo taking operation. This was great not only to have everything you need with you, but also for impromptu napping.
Being based around Hofn, I had to stop in at Pakkhus for my one splurge meal. Langoustine (lobster), fresh off the boat, baked in butter, garlic and other secret herbs and spices. I had a nice pint of a local beer called Wee Heavy, which reminded me of the old Hales Brewing Wee Heavy.
Back on the road for more early morning scenery. Sunrise was about 330am, so it made for an early start this time in May.
More from Hofn here shortly, and then moving west again.