Autumn in New Hampshire

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Autumn in New Hampshire – They say here in New Hampshire there are four seasons stick season when the trees have no leaves, mud when you are waiting for the leaves to pop out, green summer and the color explosion of fall.

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Out of 52 weeks in the year, the autumn season comes down to perhaps three weeks when the foliage is peaking in various regions of the state and you have to time your capture time just right. Wait too long and a hurricane or tropical depression like Irene will roar up the coast and strip off the leaves. And perhaps take out a few roads, bridges and houses.

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Many people book trips to the state for the long Columbus day weekend. Usually there are a lot of activities and festivals going on around Columbus day and you’ll see a lot of bus tour activity – but often these tours miss the peak by a whole week.

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Peaks start in the colder areas, up north and in higher elevations. So if you plan your trip with this in mind and start north and meander south, you’ll be able to maximize your views of the incredible display from Mother Nature.

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Crisp fall days in the mountains and valley’s of New Hampshire can be exhilarating and one of the best times of year to go hiking as its not too hot. Wear layers as the shorter days will start out chilly but as you start hiking along or take in a local agricultural fair, the sun will begin to warm the land and you’ll be striping down to a t-shirt. Only to start to get cold a few hours later when the sun begins to dip on the horizon.

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New Hampshire’s climate from NewHampshire.com:

The Granite State is known for its highly changeable climate where the weather can be warm and sunny one minute and cold and snowy the next. Each of the four seasons vary greatly in their daily temperatures and weather patterns. Climate variations are also due to distance from the ocean, mountains, lakes or rivers. Spring arrives mid March and with it the most unpredictable weather patterns of the year. It’s been known to snow well into April when the flowers are just starting to bloom. The wacky weather patterns of Spring are replaced mid-June by the warm, sunny days and cool, clear nights of Summer. Starting in late September to early October, the landscape becomes ablaze with color and the evening temperatures start dipping below freezing. The days, however, are usually fairly sunny and mild. Winter begins in late October with the first dusting of snow and continues through March, with the last snow usually falling in April.

Iceland: Single White Chair In the Middle of a Black Lava Flow

Single White Chair – An Unexpected Treasure in the Middle of Nowhere
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Take a seat and relax, you are in the middle of nowhere in Iceland!

Every great adventure brings unexpected discoveries.  Our 11 day trek around Iceland via the Ring Road in a motor-home was just one such epic adventure full of unexpected discoveries like this single white wooden chair with hearts carved in it in the middle of a vast valley of black lava.

This day began as one of the most hellish days we experienced in Iceland.  We knew it was going to be our longest day of driving but we didn’t expect the fog and driving rain was going to wipe out just about all of our planned scenic stops and coastal views.  Or the scary drive over a mountain top, in the pouring rain and fog with a motor-home on a section gravel road over said mountain that pretends to be the main highway of a modern European country.

The one way bridges and one way tunnels and scarce guard rails we could handle but a pot hole, muddy road over a mountain pass with a motor home was a bit much.

Thankfully near the end of the long day of driving we came upon this amazing valley of mountains and black lava fields.  Some one was kind enough to provide this wonderful single white wooden chair as foreground subject.

One can only image hiking across this vast landscape of nothing but sharp, unstable, black lava rock without a tree as far as the eye can see and coming across this bit of humanity.  A single white chair providing a spot to rest.

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Icelandic artist Aðalheiður S. Eysteinsdóttir
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Iceland: Visiting a Plane Wreck on the Beach

Plane Wreck : Becoming one of Iceland’s most popular attractions, especially among photographers and selfie snappers is the wreck of a DC-3 airplane on a remote black sand lava beach in Southern Iceland.

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On Saturday Nov 24, 1973, a United States Navy Douglas Super DC-3 airplane was forced to land on Sólheimasandur’s black sand beach due to running out of fuel (others say it was after experiencing some severe icing).  Luckily all survived the rough landing on the south coast of Iceland.

 

Today, 44 years later only the main fuselage and part of the wings remain on the beach.  Other parts were hauled away years ago but the skeleton of the plane was left to slowly rot on the volcanic beach.

Years ago you could drive to the wreckage site via a “farm” road through the black ash but increased usage ticked off the land owner because of people constantly getting stuck, lead to the closure of the road.  For a while the land owner was charging people to park in a small parking lot and walk to the wreck.

After researching the location, I was prepared to have to skip this place thinking we would not be able to park our motor home.  But I visited in 2017 and am happy to report that the is a new spacious parking lot complete with room for large vehicles and campers as well as a bike rental place for faster travel to the site.

We visited in July.  The site itself is a long, dull walk down the relatively flat, straight road of crushed lava gravel.  It takes about 40 minutes to an hour of walking to get to the site so be prepared to spend some time.  Forty minutes to, 30 minutes waiting for your change at a shot and 40 minutes back, so bring some water, good shoes and an extra layer in case the weather turns.  The distance is approximately 4 km to the crash site.

Turnoff GPS Coordinates

63.4912391,-19.3632810

Airplane GPS Coordinates

63.459523,-19.364618

Be prepared for lots of people at the site depending on the time of day and time of year.  If you are patient, people come in waves.  If you are lucky to get there when there are only a few people, work fast and play with angles to get shots without people.  If there are a ton of people, relax and wait them out.  While we were there a ATV tour group showed up with orange jumpsuits.  They climbed all over the wreck and even stomped on it.  Makes me wonder if the days of the crashed plane are numbered with this abuse.

Many will say that the site is not worth the walk and one should spend time looking at natural sites.  As a photographer I can tell you it was certainly worthwhile visiting this unique site, I could careless about the effort need to get there.  If anything my eyes were numb with the natural beauty of the country, a bit of mysterious, man-made structure was a breath of fresh air.

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Extra Credit:

Did you know Justin Bieber skateboarded on top of this plane carcass?

Justin Bieber skateboarding a plane in Iceland.
Justin Bieber skateboarding a plane in Iceland.

Bieber’s music video for his surprise track “I’ll Show You” features Iceland and Bieber doing all kinds of dangerous stuff like swimming with icebergs, rolling around in moss, sitting on cliffs and jumping around wet and slippery waterfalls.

Iceland: Fine Art Photographs

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Photographs of Iceland by fine art photographer, Edward M. Fielding

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This black church sits alone among a field of lava rock. On the south coast of Iceland’s Snæfellsnes peninsula, the tiny black church Búðir sits within the Búðahraun lava field.

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An old vintage tractor along the Ring Road in Iceland.

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The Skógafoss is one of the biggest waterfalls in the country with a width of 15 metres (49 feet) and a drop of 60 m (200 ft). Due to the amount of spray the waterfall consistently produces, a single or double rainbow is normally visible on sunny days. According to legend, the first Viking settler in the area, Þrasi Þórólfsson, buried a treasure in a cave behind the waterfall. The legend continues that locals found the chest years later, but were only able to grasp the ring on the side of the chest before it disappeared again. The ring was allegedly given to the local church. The old church door ring is now in a museum, though whether it gives any credence to the folklore is debatable.

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Kirkjufell (Icelandic: Church mountain) is a 463m[1] high mountain on the north coast of Iceland’s Snæfellsnes peninsula, near the town of Grundarfjörður.

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A cliff side cafe on the Snæfellsnes peninsula in Iceland.

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A rocky beach on the Snæfellsnes peninsula of Iceland with an emergency lifeguard hut and glacier in the background.

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Early morning light on a church in a remote area of Iceland on the Snæfellsnes peninsula.

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Kerið (occasionally Anglicized as Kerith or Kerid) is a volcanic crater lake located in the Grímsnes area in south Iceland, on the popular tourist route known as the Golden Circle. It is one of several crater lakes in the area, known as Iceland’s Western Volcanic Zone, which includes the Reykjanes peninsula and the Langjökull Glacier, created as the land moved over a localized hotspot, but it is the one that has the most visually recognizable caldera still intact. The caldera, like the other volcanic rock in the area, is composed of a red (rather than black) volcanic rock. The caldera itself is approximately 55 m (180 ft) deep, 170 m (560 ft) wide, and 270 m (890 ft) across. Kerið’s caldera is one of the three most recognizable volcanic craters because at approximately 3,000 years old, it is only half the age of most of the surrounding volcanic features. The other two are Seyðishólar and Kerhóll.

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Iceland: Tips for the budget traveler

With $20 for a fast food meal, $37 for a pizza and $10 for a real bear ($3 for a fake one at the gas stations) – traveling to Iceland can be very expensive.  Here are some tips for saving money while in Iceland.

  1. Save your water bottle from the plane and refill it from the tap.  They hand you a bottle of Iceland water as you board Icelandic Air.  The water all over Iceland is basically fresh from the glacier so drink it rather than buying other drinks. (In most first world countries tap water is completely drinkable and was done so before the whole “bottled” water trend where bottlers convinced us we had to buy water in a bottle).
  2. Shop at the grocery stores such as Bonus or Netto.  The prices in the grocery stores aren’t too bad.  Avoid eating out as much as possible.  I suspect the meal prices include tips, taxes and a high minimum wage as well as high food costs for importing food to the remote Island nation.
  3. If you must eat out, grab a hot dog – the national snack food of Iceland.  They are about $5 or less and come with crunch onions and a grill press bun.
  4. Try camping instead of hotels.  We camped all around the Ring Road in a rental camper.  It wasn’t cheap but we save on having to buy meals.  Seems like the locals were all camping.
  5. Skip tourist traps such as The Blue Lagoon and seek out local pools.  Instead of $60+ for a swim at The Blue Lagoon, a local pool will be less than $10.
  6. Skip the expensive tours and “experiences”.  The scenery, national parks, waterfalls, trails and beaches are all free.  The only natural attraction we paid for was a crater that charged $4.  Take in the natural scenery for free and skip the boat rides, glacier walks and caves.
  7. Take public transportation rather than renting a car.  If you have the will and time, figure out the public bus system that reaches all parts of the country.
  8. Share meals.  Some of the portions are huge in Iceland so if you are a light eater you can share an order of fish and chips with a friend.
  9. We saw a lot of hitch hikers.  Hitchhiking is not uncommon in Iceland, but you might be waiting for a long time and it can ruin your plans.
  10. Don’t tip.  Locals don’t tip. But feel free to do so if you feel like it.

Touring the Icebergs in Iceland

With a name like Iceland, you expect to see some ice right?  Well you will.  Ice cold glacier water, glaciers and best of all flowing icebergs.  The best place to see icebergs up close and personal like is at Jökulsárlón which is a lagoon that fills up with small icebergs that break off the glacier and float out to sea.

Amphibious “duck boat” type tours are available in Iceland.

But before the icebergs melt away, they gather and float in and out of the lagoon.  They even end up landing on the black sand beach where you can watch them melt, flip, and beach themselves before they disappear. Seals are also often seen playing in this lagoon.

All in all the area is a mesmerizing place to view the ice, photograph the ice or take part in any or all of the tour operations that operate here including kayak and paddle board rentals and these amphibious vehicles that drive like a car and the plunge into the water.

Jökulsárlón is a glacial lagoon, bordering Vatnajökull National Park in southeastern Iceland. Its still, blue waters are dotted with icebergs from the surrounding Breiðamerkurjökull Glacier, part of larger Vatnajökull Glacier. The lagoon flows through a short waterway into the Atlantic Ocean, leaving chunks of ice on a black sand beach. In winter, the fish-filled lagoon hosts hundreds of seals.

 

 

Fun Facts about Iceland – Tips from the Ring Road

Iceland Tips – We’re motor-homing around Iceland via Rt1 or The Ring Road in a rented RV from the good folks at Motorhome Iceland, who entrusted their brand new Fiat motor home to us newbie RV travels.

So far we’ve seen a few things and learned a few things.  Here goes:

  • If you want to fit in with the locals, wear an Icelandic sweater.  It is like a second skin.
  • Skip the $75 a head tourist trap that is “The Blue Lagoon” and take a swim in any little town along the way for $10 or less with beautiful clean pools, showers and hot tubs all heated by geothermal energy or actual hot water that bubbles out of the earth.
  • The beer is terrible.  Think cheap Pilsner type beer like at a frat party or something cheaper than Bud.  So far outside of the capital I’ve only seen a few choices and none of them were good.
  • Diet soda?  Probably won’t have it.  Diet soda seems to be rare.  I think Icelanders have a sweet tooth.  Every candy you can imagine, lots of it with licorice flavor, but not much of diet soda.  There are some interesting drinks with malt and orange that is outstanding.
  • Lupines are weeds.  Although pretty, the fields of lupines you see and take selfies with were planted in some areas to control erosion but they spread like weeks and choke out the local mosses and other plants.
  • The highways are darn right scary!   The main highway, the Ring Roads is only two lanes and it has one way bridges!  You also have to watch out for speed tables, bikes on the road with no bike lane, shoulder or emergency lane.   Plus wandering sheep can be in the road around any bend!  Plus the tourist buses, motorcycles and vehicles right out of Mad Max that zoom past you.
  • Hold on to your door.  Car doors getting ripped off the hinges is one of the most common insurance claims in Iceland.  Hold on tight.  And you have to check the weather for wind warnings.  Anything above 15 and you are not going anyway for the day.
Dumb tourists in Iceland
  • Dumb tourists exist everywhere and Iceland is no exception. People jump barriers, walk up to cliff edges, jump on an iceberg, or walk up to the waves only to fall off, slid off, fall in or get swept out to sea!  Be safe, don’t be dumb!
  • If you are camping with a motor-home, make sure they give you an LONG extension cord for hooking up at the campground.  Several times we had to maneuver around to get close enough to a hook up.
  • Try the gas station hot dogs.  Most prepared meals in Iceland are expensive but the hot dogs are cheap at around $4.  The best ones have a panni pressed bun and come with crunchy onions.  No ketchup please.  Nice brown mustard or mayo with relish.
  • While eating out can be expensive, we didn’t think the grocery stores were too bad.  Not much selection in the fresh veggies but plenty of candy, dried fish, cereal, canned stuff etc.
  • Get all the insurance you can on your rental vehicle.  Wind, hail, gravel, sand, sheep, other drivers – they are all out to get you!
  • Get the portable WiFi devices for your camper.  Amazing connection speeds are available in some spots.  You can even watch a movie in the camper.  No need for an expensive simm card for your cell phone, just stay in touch with WiFi.

Iceland Trip Log – 11 Days on the Ring Road

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Pack the bags, drop off the dog, hop on the Dartmouth Coach to Boston.  “BFG” is movie.  Not bad.  Through security, camera bag loaded with so many batteries and extra stuff gets the extra, extra look over by security.

Grab an airport dinner and a beer.  Board Icelandicair and settle into a coach seat for a five hour trip with beverage service.  Nice entertainment unit in the back of the seat but try to catch some sleep.  Maybe twenty minutes of sold sleep on the entire trip.  Ugh.  So hard to get comfortable.

Arrive.  Take the shuttle over to the car rental office – Geysir.  Wait a 10 minutes for another shuttle to their motorhome rental processing center.  5 minute ride to the industrial area.  Get a quick overview of the workings.  Ever driven a motorhome before?  No. Be sure to get the insurance.

Fiat Ducato 4
Fiat Ducato 4 – motorhome rented for Iceland trip

Check the weather every day at http://safetravel.is/  If the wind is above 15, you can’t drive.  The RV will be blown over!

First stop is the Bonus supermarket and a “breakfast” at Subway.  “American Cheese” says the polish server.  “We call that Icelandic Cheese, we say”.  She smiles, and says she calls it “Polish Cheese”.  Same bland cheese the world over.

Wife knows shift so she drive the manual rig.  Bigger than we expected but the cab is basically a Fiat van front with good viability so its good.  Grind a few gears of the brand new vehicle but finally get it and proceed through the highways of Reykjavík, Iceland’s capital and biggest city.   Roundabouts, traffic, big rigs oh my!

Iceland Day One: Pingvellir National Park

Whew finally out of the city and heading along the Golden Circle.  First stop Pingvellir National Park and the amazing tectonic plate smashing riff valley.  Upheaving plates, sheep and waterfalls.  The teenager navigator passes out for the night at about 2.  The heartier adults take in the sites and hike around.

Camp for the night at a the rustic Pingvellir campground.  Just pull in anywhere.

Iceland Day Two:  Geysir and Gullifoss

Bed by 6, wake up at 9:30!  Coffee and Kellogg’s crunchy mus-lix.  Off to the grand iconic and bus tour must see spots of Geysir (unreliable since 2000 earthquake), every five minutes Stokur and epic Gullfoss.  Parking was tough.

Somehow I missed the eruption with the GoPro. The facilities around the geysers are set up to handle bus loads of tourists. The most extensive gift shop “mall” we saw on the entire trip was here at Geysir. Bowl of soup $15. There is even a hotel across three street from the park. But if you’ve been to Yellowstone National Park you might want to skip this attraction as its not as impressive as the extensive geysir areas in Yellowstone.

Made our way around the Golden Circle checking out some other pull outs and the Kerio crater on our way to a nice campground right in the town of Selfoss.  Electric hook ups and nice showers.  Tried to walk to town to use the pool but they were closing in 10 minutes.  Darn!  Walked back and used the free showers.  Bonus tortellini and tomatoes for dinner.  Amazing Wifi.

 

Gullifoss
Gullifoss!

Iceland Day Three: Skogafoss, Cape Dyrholaey, Vik

Skogafoss was one of my favorite stops on this trip.  You get a fantastic waterfall right in the parking lot but then if you keep following the trails back past Skogafoss you can see even more waterfalls.  You can walk by 25 magnificient waterfalls if you keep going, all the way back to the glacier.  The head of Skogafoss is a volcano that last erupted in 2010.  We only made it to three or four waterfalls, but if you like, you can keep walking until you run out of energy.

One of the sights I really wanted to see on this trip that wasn’t 100% natural in nature was the sight of the crashed US Navy plane from the 1970s.  I’ve seen so many cool, moody pictures of the plane on the black sand.  Very surreal.

From reading some blog posts on the wreck site I wasn’t sure if there would be good motor-home parking and I had heard reports about having to pay for parking complete with an angry farmer holding people hostage for the parking fee.

Something must have changed because the parking lot turned out to be spacious with plenty of room for parking cars, buses and campers.  In the olden times, people could drive to the plane site but now there is about a 40 minute walk each way.   It’s a long and boring walk so don’t bother unless you have to see the plane.

Once there the plane is covered with people taking selfies so its hard to get a good shot unless you can quick or clever with your composition.  Or wait for the crowds to thin out.  But don’t wait too long or before you know it a tour of people on ATVs will show up and climb all over the plane.

Iceland Day Four: Skaftafell

Day four we left Vik and headed for our camping destination of Skaftafell, stopping at various sites (waterfalls, basalt columns, lupine fields) and pull outs along the way.

Skaftafell has a great camping ground and lots of great trails to explore including the impressive Svartifoss with its basalt columns and a cool old turf farm that you can visit and look inside the buildings.

Iceland Day Five: Jokulsarlon, Hofn, Huffelpots

Icebergs flowing in a lagoon and hot spring fed hot tubs at the edge of a farmers field.  We spent hours watching and photographing the icebergs in the lagoon and on the black sand beach.  Finding the Huffelpots, five fiberglass shallow pools of varying temperature water with a hose of cold water if you needed to cool down the hot spring fed pools down.  A primitive changing shed and outdoor shower are also there all for a 5 Kr donation.

Camping in Hofn was a fantastic facility on the water and a sort walk to town including a great discount grocery store and a neat little harbor with fishing boats and even a cool old fishing boat that you can climb up on and about.  Plus walking trails around the beach.  Wish we had more time to explore the town.

Iceland Day Six: The long driving day from Hofn to Myvatn

Wet and raining.  Very windy over night although no travel warnings for East Fjord area we traveled through on this day of the trip.  Must be beautiful if you could see through the fog and clouds.  At least today was a long driving day and the weather is suppose to improve.

Stops in include lighthouses, overlooks and rocky formations along the way including “Batman Mountain” (covered in clouds and fog) and Eystrahorn.

Four hours of actual drive time but it stretches to more than double with all of the stops for lunch, waterfalls and “short cuts” which net an amazing waterfall but too scary of a road for the RV.

So they say the Ring Road is completely drive-able and paved all the way around the island.  They lie!  The main highway after Breiodalsvik or when it takes a sharp turn away from the coast, becomes a gravel road and then proceeds to climb over a mountain complete with hairpin turns!

Wet gravel roads, fog, rain and driving a motor-home into a cloud on a top of a mountain is one nerve racking experience.  I thought we were going to die.

I have to wonder if we had continued farther along the coast perhaps to Reyoarfjordur and then turned on to 92 and joined the Ring Road it would have been better.

There was a short cut earlier that we mistakenly took and could not find a spot to turn around until we climbed a scary hill but at least our efforts were rewarded with an amazing waterfall.

The area between Egilsstadir and Myvatn shows up on my map and in guides as being non-photogenic and dull, but there were actually at least three good sized waterfalls in the beginning of this leg worth pulling the rig over.  Then the last hour or so was a bit tedious with mostly tundra like landscape an steady climb over the mountains.  Nothing like the gravel road over the top of the other mountain.

Iceland Day Seven: Myvatn Natural Baths, Dettifoss and Selfoss

On day seven we wake up in Myvatn and the Vatnajokull Nationa Park area.  Land of the most powerful waterfall in Europe – Dettifoss and the smaller but beautiful Selfoss and also the smaller version of the Blue Lagoon, Myvatn Natural Baths, a man-made but natural looking and heated mineral pools.

The water supplies for the lagoon run straight from the National Power Company´s bore hole in Bjarnarflag. The water has a temperature of about 130°C when it arrives to the huge basin beside the lagoon itself forming an impressive, man-made hot spring. Altogether, the lagoon and the basin contain around 3.5 million litres of water with a temperature of 36 – 40°C.
Nature Baths – The Green Lagoon

The lagoon itself is a man-made construction, its bottom is covered by sand and gravel. The characteristics of the water are unique in many ways. It contains a large amount of minerals, is alkaline and well suited for bathing. Due to its chemical composition, undesired bacteria and vegetation do not thrive in the lagoon making chloride or any other disinfectant redundant.

We also walked around the strangest landscape you’ll ever see at the world at Krafla.

Iceland Day Eight: Godafoss, Herring Museum, Hofsos Swimming Pool

The day started with the beautiful Godafoss waterfall.  We didn’t stay long enough to explore every trail as we needed to make mileage.  Went through a scary one way tunnel and then a series of very long two lane tunnels to get to the excellent Herring Museum in the fishing town of Siglufjorour.

Back in the car, though another short one way tunnel, over some mountain passes with a few stop for a swim in the naturally warmed pool at Hofsos which has an award winning “infinity pool” like pool and hot tubs.  9kr per for a great shower and swim and then another shower.

On and up over the mountain passes with stops for views and Icelandic horses on the way to our final stop for the night at Blonduos.

Iceland Day Nine: Snaefellsnes Peninsula

Headed out of our campsite in Blonduos to our destination of the Snaefellsnes Peninsula which was a bit of a drive but we made good time staying on the Ring Road or Rt 1 and not being tricked into taking any “short cuts” that turn out to be gravel roads that take forever.  Always consult the best maps for road descriptions.

With only a quick stop at an N1 for pit stops, drink and washing the bugs off the windshield (the front of the camper is splattered with blood spots by now) we drove all morning and arrived at the adorable town of Stykkisholmur with its interesting modern church and adorable harbor with an adorable lighthouse.

After lunch in the parking lot, we took a swim at the town pool facilities which are known for their mineral rich water that compares to the Blue Lagoon and Baden Baden in Germany.  They also have one of the tallest water slides in Iceland.  It was long but not the fastest.  You froze walking up the steps to the top but it was fun.

Refreshed, we drove on to Kirkjurfell which is the icon ionic pyramid shaped mountain that is almost synonymous with Iceland.  It was windy, crowded and touch to park the motorhome.  The parking lot was tiny for the crowd.

But I set up for the iconic shot of the waterfall in the foreground and the mountain in the distance.  We’ll see if I got it.

Then on to the campground for an early grab of a great spot with electricity and a view of the ocean.  The campground is in Hellissandur at the tip of the Snaefellsjokull National Park on the Snaefellsnes  Peninsula. Small but new and very scenic.  You can walk the lava field that is all around the campground, walk to the Maritime Museum next door, the N! station or the little town and the bird cliffs.  Just bring your umbrella for the dive bombing birds.

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Iceland Day Ten: Snaefellsnes Peninsula Part II

There is  so much to see on the Snaefellsnes Peninsula.  We took some hikes to Dritvik beach which is in a lava field.   The beach itself is littered with rusty metal bits from a ship wreck from 1948.  Other than this ship wreckage, the beaches are very clean.  Unlike say Maine where even the most remote islands are covered with plastic rope, floats and metal lobster traps.

We also visited Helliar which has some sea arches, more volcanic cliffs, birds and the cutest little cafe right down by the rugged coast.

Next stop was the Black Church.

Landscape Photography in Iceland

Great series on landscape photography in Iceland. We’ll be driving an RV around The Ring Road in a few days. I appreciate how this video series shows the roads and parking areas around the attractions.

This series of uses a lot of drone footage which give you an idea of the path and observation areas around various sights in Iceland.

Nubble Lighthouse York Maine, photography mecca

Nubble Light Cape Neddick Lighthouse

Nubble Lighhouse, York Maine – an iconic New England Landmark

Officially named the Cape Neddick Light,  Nubble Light is no doubt one of the most photographed American iconic locations in all of New England. Picture perfect Cape Neddick in York Maine hosts one of the most picturesque lighthouses in the country and includes a convenient parking lot and adjacent Lobster Shack for handy lobster rolls while you gaze across the inlet at the classic Maine lighthouse and its many out buildings, white picket fence and jagged granite cliffs.

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 How to get there:

Accessibility: Follow Nubble Road east from Route 1A (Long Beach Ave.) in York, near Long Sands Beach, for about 1 mile to Sohier Park. Click here for more detailed directions. There is free parking at Sohier Park with an excellent view of the lighthouse. The lighthouse and grounds are not open to the public.

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Compact park offering scenic views of historic lighthouse plus scuba diving, fishing & gift shop.
Sohier Park Rd, York, ME 03909
Hours:  Open today · Open 24 hours

Stats

  • Station established: 1879
  • Present lighthouse built: 1879
  • Automated: 1987
  • Construction materials: Cast iron lined with brick
  • Height of tower: 41 feet
  • Height of focal plane: 88 feet
  • Original optic: Fourth-order Fresnel lens (1879)
  • Present optic: Fourth-order Fresnel lens (1928)

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Brief History From Wikipedia:

The Cape Neddick Light is a lighthouse in Cape Neddick, York, Maine. In 1874 Congress appropriated $15,000 to build a light station at the “Nubble” and in 1879 construction began. Cape Neddick Light Station was dedicated by the U.S. Lighthouse Service and put into use in 1879. It is still in use today.

Plans had been in the works to build a lighthouse on the site since 1837. The tower is lined with brick and sheathed with cast iron. It stands 41 feet (12 m) tall but the light is 88 feet (27 m) above sea level because of the additional height of the steep rocky islet on which it sits. Unusually, the stanchions of the walkway railing around the lantern room are decorated with 4-inch (100 mm) brass replicas of the lighthouse itself.

Nubble Light is a famous American icon and a classic example of a lighthouse. The Voyager spacecraft, which carries photographs of Earth’s most prominent man-made structures and natural features, should it fall into the hands of intelligent extraterrestrials, includes a photo of Nubble Light with images of the Great Wall of China and the Taj Mahal.

Cape Neddick Light is one of the last eight lights in Maine to still have its Fresnel lens. It was added to the National Register of Historic Places as Cape Neddick Light Station on April 16, 1985, reference number 85000844.

The lighthouse and island were featured in the movie “Lost Boundaries” (1949) starring Mel Ferrer.

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