Eastern Iceland

Eastern Iceland Photography - Part Three

September 2011 Iceland Ring-Road Driving Trip [ 1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5 / 6 / 7 / 8 ]

Photos Taken with a Canon 5D Mark II / Canon 50mm f/1.2

My favorite part of the last Iceland trip was without a doubt the eastern fjords so I wanted to spend as much time out there as possible.  There's an unmistakable ruggedness to the area that I just crave some times-  It's complete with massive cliff heads overlooking the ocean all while getting hit by clouds coming off the ocean.  It's wild!  The crazy part is just to get to the nearest town it's a pretty sizable time stretch and there's only one way to go.  This brings me to the two questions I have about living there:

1] Say you cut off your hand in a farming saw accident- who is going to fix you?  Where is the nearest hospital and how are you going to get there?
2] When the snow inevitably shuts down the road in the winter and it all avalanches down the cliffside behind your house and buries you for the winter, do you just hang out for a few months? 

These are important questions I had both times I went there, and I'm kind of afraid for the crazy residents of the area.

We stayed at the amazing Berunes Hostel which this amazing old man runs on his farm.  Seriously, this guy is about as weathered as it gets and has a one stop shop of an establishment.  Place to sleep?  Check.  Place to drink?  Check.  Place to pray the bad decisions away in the morning?  Oh the church is out in the front lawn!  Clever guy.  Such a great personality and if you're thinking about doing a ring-road trip make sure you stay there, but bring food.  I asked the old man when we arrived on his farm 'so is the restaurant open tonight?' and he thought about it for a few seconds and said 'hm...nah.'  Fair enough.

Since I have been on a never-ending quest to find Puffins [still no luck] I asked our old man friend if they were around and he said with a straight face, 'oh they left on August 21st'.  As if he knew the exact day they all left for the season, and the more I thought about it I'm pretty sure he did know the exact day they left.

Enjoy the tons of photos, lots of favorites from this area.

See the rest of our Iceland trip here [ 1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5 / 6 / 7 / 8 ]

...or for more photo goodness see our previous June 2010 Iceland Ring-Road Driving Trip [ 1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5 / 6 ]

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