Did Someone Say Windy? Day two in Iceland
We woke up on day two ready for adventure. After a long day of travel, catching up on some much needed rest, we headed out for our first full day of exploration in Iceland. We had spent the evening scouring maps and looking at our travel notes and we had a plan. The first stop of the day was Kirkjufellsfoss or “Church Mountain Falls”. Located in the West region of Iceland on the Snæfellsnes Peninsula. We had planned well, or so we thought. It was late fall, but we had planned for wet winter weather, we were from Minnesota after all and we would not be deterred by a little cold weather. What we had not counted on however was the wind!
When we arrived at the waterfall, we sat in the car for about thirty minutes, hoping the wind and rain would settle down, laughing at other tourists as they got out of their cars, walked a short way, got blown about and returned drenched to their cars. We were in Iceland however and we did not fly into the middle of the Atlantic Ocean to sit in a car. So out we went. We got blown about just like the other guys, but we climbed, up and over the top, carrying our tripods and cameras. I had a rain sleeve on my camera, and my camera is supposed to be weather resistant but it still got soaked and quit working, until it dried out. I now have a new rain sleeve that I hope will protect my camera better. (Rain Cover)
From there we made our way around the peninsula, stopping at several points of interest. It was a bit disappointing as many of the trails and beaches were closed due to high tides and ferocious winds. We still managed to take is some spectacular sights. Some of the highlights were: Djupalonssandur, village of Arnarstapi, The Black church at Búðir, Ingjaldsholl (Lutheran) church, along with many scenic views.
Twice while making the drive around Snæfellsnes Peninsula, the car rocked up on two wheels. It was one of the scariest drives I have ever done. We made it though, all the way around the peninsula. I will never laugh again at all the signs in the car rental place that read, “Hold on to car doors, the wind can take them off.”
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