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Iceland – Meeting on Another Planet VI

Published: 28.12.2014
Alarm at 7,30. We have to leave cabins until 8,30. As always, I bought a good book guide and read it. In introduction, there was: “Despite you can travel by boat, we recommend it only to experienced sailors with tough stomachs. Gale is strong on the route as well as storms and waves of the Atlantic."

15. 8. 2013

Norröna - Island, Seyđisfjörđur

I must say, the Atlantic was very moderate and we enjoyed to voyage very much. No big waves and often it was sunny. Today in the morning, the weather is excellent for taking pictures.

Island 

Once you get on Island we go through customs. Prohibition was long time on the island. Even today it is not easy to buy cheap alcohol. For this reason, and not only for this reason, our bus is full with beer. Also you must take into consideration that it is full of Czechs who love beer. You can take 12 beer cans with you to island. But each one of us would have to take those cans by himself across the customs. As the beer is left in the trunk it is taken away. Without compromises. This worsens our mood a bit.

Slowly we leave the harbor and enter the island. Our first stop is the town of Egilsstaðir. We have to buy food supplies and exchange currency. Present exchange rate 100  EUR = 15702 ISK. Nothing stands in our way to explore the island.

Island

Journey by bus is made more pleasant by Jarda and his reading out lout Icelandic fairy ales. Or Zdenek tells us interesting information. We learn that every day in a week is dedicated to some of Nordic gods – Wednesday is Odin’s day (the god of death, war, and magic), Thor’s (the god of thunder) is Thursday. Friday is dedicated to Feya – the goddess of love and all human passions. Icelandic names are very complicated and hard to pronounce. Yet there are grammar rules – they always consist of more words. So you can guess to some extent. For instance, if it is a fall (the word FOSS is in the name), river (Á), valley (DALUR), island (EY), glacier (JÖKULL), or bay (VÍK).

Island

Instantly as we get off the town, we can see a number of mini water falls. Views are beautiful yet there are more furious torrents of water. Iceland, a place where waterfalls are born, can offer us many. We are about to visit the first two of them. Dettifoss and Selfoss, the waterfalls, are only 1,4 km away. Dettioss is the second largest waterfall in Iceland and in Europe. The flow rate is around 100 – 500 m³/sec. The largest Icelandic river of Jokulsá brings water there. It gathers the water under the glacier of Jökulsárlón. The water then falls 44 meters. The second waterfall Selfoss is much smaller … too bad its half-circle shape and its width is not that apparent. It deserves more attention.

Island

We ride on to the camp. We get there at 21 o’clock. I am curious what one can do there because we have difficult hike on the next day, as Zdenek implies. Jarda convinces me that the hike is not that difficult and that I should go with the others. The information center is closed already. I get back across a large meadow. Suddenly I realize there are boletes all around me. It is really difficult not to collect them all. Initially I intended to ask a cook to cook them for us. But it was impossible as it is forbidden to use fresh mushroom in field kitchen; Jarda allows me to cook mushrooms by myself at least.

Island

We build tents near a golf course. You have to pay showers – 500 ISK for 5 minutes. You find there washmaschines, great place to dry your clothes. The drying room looks like a closet to which hot air blows from to the bottom. Clothes dry really fast. Really practical place. It was only in some camps.

Island

Next time we tell you about rock formations and various shapes of the Rocks of Echoes.

 

 

Text and photo: Magdaléna Radostová



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