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.
The Stokksnes Self Serve Pay Station. Took a few tries but it worked and only charged me once.
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.
Brunnhorn and Vesturhorn sunrise on the beach in Stokksnes Iceland
Looking back the other way was good too, as is often the case with burning sunrises.
Sunrise clouds above Vesturhorn on the beach in Stokksnes Iceland
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.
Vesturhorn sunrise skies reflected on a mercurial pool of water.
Vesturhorn and sunrise reflected
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.
One more view of the beach at Stokksnes