Day three was rainy and gray as promised. I drove back up to Fossardalur but the skies were still low overcast. I spent a lot of time in the van and offloaded files to my laptop as a backup.
At this point I was starting to get the feel for how long it took to get to certain places. I knew for example it was about 2 hours to get from Hofn to Fossardalur. I also learned the the roads really emptied out after about 9pm, where there was still about 2 hours until sunset. At this point I was halfway through my trip and knew I still wanted more time at Jokulsarlon and to visit Stokksnes for the first time.
So far I was pretty happy with my gear choices and logistical moves. I had brought the right lenses and ND filters to make the most of various waterfalls and the ice art around Jokulsarlon. I still had to chuckle, however, at bringing a very strong headlamp. It never got dark during the summer, even after sunset so this was amusing. One item I threw in my bag which was constantly useful was my Duracell 175w power inverter:
This handy device allowed me to plug into the car’s cigarette lighter and have a power strip with two US plugs and 2 usb ports for charging. Made power management a lot easier for sure.
Later in the day I got some peeks at blue sky and pulled over in random locations for interesting views. This spot below was a nice calm reflection of surrounding cliffs coming back from Fossardalur. The local seabirds (Skuas) must have had babies nearby because the farther I got out on the tideflats, the more relentless they were with divebombing me. I got a few shots and the message and headed out.
I decided for the next sunrise to check out Stokksnes. This area shows up quickly when you do photo searches on amazing shots from Iceland. It’s owned by a farmer who runs a little cafe and charges a few dollars to walk his land for pictures. I drove to the Viking Cafe and checked out the layout for coming back the next morning around 2am for sunrise. He also charges for camping so I decided to park off the highway closeby and head in from there.
Nothing to do but dinner at this point so I headed to Hofn and decided to visit another highly recommended restaurant in town. Driving into town, I ventured down a few side streets to see how the locals lived and got around. I got one photo of this cool Land Cruiser, clearly set up for adventuring.
I thought about going to the same place for dinner as before but decided to go down to the waterfront for a local favorite: Pakkhus. Their promise was nothing fresher Lobster or Langoustine as it’s known locally. I was going to order Fish and Chips but decided to take the plunge and order the house specialty. I find lobster in the States to be tough and chewy, but this was clearly carefully prepared with two of my favorite shellfish accompaniments: Garlic and Butter
After such a beautiful meal, I took a short walk along the pier to see the local vessels.
Then off to rest a bit before sunrise at Stokksnes.