Northern Iceland and Dettifoss Waterfall

Northern Iceland Photography – Part Two

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 / Canon 135mm f/2

Northern Iceland turned out to be pretty deserted, rainy, and windy- not a whole lot of fun.  Those gates you see in the first photos?  Those  I assume were to ‘help’ knock down the wind as opening the car door was a real problem.  The geothermal area I hit last time when it was perfectly blue out was now rainy and stinkier than ever.  We covered some good ground and ended up staying in the whale boat town of Húsavík.  I remembered some hostel kids telling me I had to go there, so I added it to this list.  Honestly in the fall there was nothing going on.  Even our hostel for the night was gutted with the doors locked which meant we had to do some sleuthing and figure out where we were supposed to stay [I had a reservation!].  Turns out the owner forgot to tell anyone that it was getting redone so we ended up staying at his hotel which was great!  One of the joys of staying up north is all the water stinks like sulfur so you never really quite feel clean from a shower.  Truly an experience.


Since we had a 4×4 on this trip I was determined to see all the things I missed out the last time- one of which was Dettifoss, the most powerful waterfall in Europe!  Getting there was probably one of the craziest/worst drives I’ve ever taken.  The road to the falls seems like smooth sailing from the Ring Road- it’s not too far.  That’s what they would like you to believe…  For whatever reason they grated the road so deep that it feels like your car is about to fall apart at any moment.  Literally the entire road is so bumpy the car would slide all over the place and it you had to get used to that sinking feeling in your gut when your car is fishtailing.  This was all cool and everything until you would hit these deep dives on barely one lane bridges over streams and you would literally slide down and hope your backend would come across in a straight line.  Kind of like driving on ice with pretty bad results if you slide off the road.  Anyway, after a good hour of holding the car together we arrived in the rain to Dettifoss and it was amazing and abandoned.  Worth the drive though, and unlike big US landmarks you can walk up to the edge and fall off if you want to.  Icelanders don’t charge entrance fees, so you’re pretty much on your own.

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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