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Iceland – Meeting on Another Planet VII

Published: 4.1.2015
I get up at 6 already. Yesterday I forget to charge my equipment so I have to do it now. More of us had the same idea. I still ponder whether to participate in hike or not. Eventually together with drivers and other great group that we will have a rest day today.

16. 8. 2013

NP Jökulsárgljúfur, Vesturdalur, Rauðhólar, Húsavík

Together with others we set off to the National Park of Jökulsárgljúfur. We planned to walk it through to some extent and then ride back to the camp. At the camp we would explore the surroundings. Soon we decide to leave the program. Soon after we leave the parking lot, I realize that Rauðhólar area is only 2.5 km away. My friend told me that the place is very photogenic and worth seeing. Everyone agrees so the goal of our journey is certain now.

NP Jökulsárgljúfur

NP Jökulsárgljúfuroblast Hljóðaklettar

We are in Vesturdalur valley. It is only a bit from the parking lot to the area ofHljóðaklettar. There are many basalt formations resembling stone organ. You can also find a kind of mini Hljóðaklettar in the Czech Republic near Kamenicky Senov. Basalt formation were created by volcanic activity. You can see them near the rivers of Jökulsá and Fjöllum. There are many rock formations. They distort echoes very much that’s why they are called "Echo Rocks ". The area is really nice and it is enhanced by the number of mushrooms we find there. Absolutely fabulous are leccinums and boletes. We do not know where to look. We try to resist the temptation to collect mushrooms but it is impossible. We take out our bags and fill them with the beauty. Various formations we walk through have very interesting vibe. Sometimes you can even enter some kind of cave.

oblast Hljóðaklettar

We pass by last “organ”. Another nature’s curiosity appears before us - Rauðhólar, a red volcano lined with black lava overhangs. It is feast for one’s eyes. Crimson hill contrasting black overhangs and fabulous views over the landscape. Vesturdalur valley was really interesting. We do not even sense the time. We have to go back to not to arrive later than the group that decided to partake in the difficult hike.

Rauðhólar

We arrive at the camp in the noon. It is only 45 minutes until the first group arrive. Soon our Jirinka appears. Her head is bandaged. The hike was not so difficult but there were difficult passages between rocks. Jirka slipped and hit a rock with her head. Klara did the first aid. She is a doctor and it was no problem for her to treat such injury. Despite the accident, Jirina is in good mood.

Húsavík

We pack our tents, leave camp, and have another interesting program prepared. We move to Húsavíku, the largest city in the northeast, one of the first settlement in Iceland. We go there to see a popular tourist attraction – a boat cruise along the bay and whale observing. Large part of our expedition is interested to partake, 19 people in total. We get a sale thanks to our number. We pay 50 EUR each. Upon boarding we have to take on orange, or blue raincoats. We really look astonishing! Well, and now we can finally set sails. We are lucky. Whales are really around the ship and we can watch them and take pictures of them. Perhaps humpback whale. This giant jumps out of the water and spins around. It is fascinating that such colossus moves with such easiness. Adult humpback is around 14-15 meters long and weight about 25 tons. Whale with beautiful white fins is known as the singing whale. When it courts and copulates it can sign one song for 30 minutes, it often repeats it.

Húsavíkkeporkak

As conclusion to our expedition a hot cocoa is served and sweet pastries. We have great impressions; we share our experiences while travelling to the new camp. There we spend two nights. I would almost forget to write what happened to our mushroom collection. We voluntarily gave up an egg that was supposed to be served with cooked lentils. Therefore we had enough eggs to have scrambled mushrooms. It was really great!

keporkak

Our next goal is Mývatn – a lake with glaciers. 

 

 Text and photo: Magdaléna Radostová



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