Iceland,  Travel

Winter is coming

The drive from Flateyri to Latrabjarg is in sunshine with intermittent light cloud. Winter is coming: warm autumnal colours dominate. In Iceland, you walk at sea level and look at glaciers or year-round snowfields.

Flateyri autumn colors. White hut. © Julian Köpke

The cloud formations change more every day, appear dishevelled, a thin sun shines, the land no longer gets warm.

Looking back to Flateyri (Arnarfjord) © Julian Köpke

The second visit to Dynjandi made us stay down. The colours of the sea were strongly reminiscent of the Caribbean, still warmly outshone by the land in the late morning light around 11am.

Sunrise at Dynjandi fjord © Julian Köpke

After the short second visit to Dynjandi in the morning on the way through, we came across the well-known shipwreck of the whaling ship Garðar BA 64. The weather cleared incredibly quickly and we were able to capture the rusting material as HDR. With a fisheye lens, the wreck deformed slightly in an arc under the circularly arranged clouds.

Wahler shipwreck Garðar BA 64 © Julian Köpke

Shortly before the turnoff to our accommodation at Hotel Latrabjarg, the path led us to a red sandy beach. There are at least two of these, the other is on the south coast near Vik with the grave of a young Viking around 18.
The red beach is called Rauðisandur in Icelandic. It lies far in front of the sea. Between the beach and the mountains is a marshland with farms, siels and cows.

View from Rauðisandur to Snæfellsjökull © Julian Köpke
Saurbæjarkirkja near Rauðisandur © Julian Köpke

I like to make things visible the naked eye isn't able to see. That's part of my profession as a radiologist, too.

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