Posted by: jeanne | March 15, 2017

more wind

yesterday was way windy.  and much colder.  my throat didn’t appreciate it.  my lungs got sore.  but how can you not go out into all this beauty?  beauty is supposed to hurt, isn’t it?

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stapafell was clear, and there was a little snow on it from the night before.

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this church makes the perfect backdrop.  nobody goes here; iceland is a secular country.

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see how we all fit?  there’s five of us here.

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connor woke up in an ugly mood, and so wouldn’t come with us down to the harbor; only shadowing us and hiding when we looked back.

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the harbor.  i would hate to have to land a boat in these seas. and they weren’t particularly rough for north atlantic waves.

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connor’s bed moods never last very long.

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runa, jim and i plan to walk to arnarstapi this morning, but we can’t take connor, so he’s going to have to stay with siggi.

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that’s as close as he’s going to get.

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runa talks to everybody.  she found out how long it will take to get to arnarstapi from this woman who walks it every day.  we plan on doing it tomorrow.

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we can see what looks like an irish castle from the harbor, but when we got to it, it was a pair of volcanic plugs being worn down by the sea.  it was sleeting when we arrived at the parking lot, and we had to put on all our layers and hats.  raincoats.  walking sticks.  the wind was cruel.  we had to keep a close eye on connor and not let him get anywhere near the edge, because the wind sometimes picks people up and throws them back.

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it’s called londrangar.  the meadow is svalthufa and the green hill full of birds is thufabjarg.  it’s all greek to me.

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runa took a picture of connor.  we’ve got all our clothes on and it still wasn’t enough.

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then we went down to djupalon, where there is lava, a beach, and the remains of a trawler that the waves broke all to pieces.

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and trolls.

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jim fell coming down the slope, and siggi picked him up with no broken anything.

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see what the wind is doing to jim’s beard.

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trawler parts spread all over the beach.  this is the back beach, and it slopes way down.  the peak of the beach is still far far from the water.  so to get all this stuff washing down means huge seas, far larger than what we saw.

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this is why beaches are so dangerous in iceland.  these folks were very far from where most of the waves break, and these tourists thought they were save, planting their tripods and walking away.

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this lava was a quarter of a mile away from where we stood, so these forms are 50-60 feet high.

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these waves are 10-15 feet high.  they started breaking way out, and broke again on the shore.  the sheer power.  but you can’t do the scale justice.

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there’s an elf house on the beach, and trolls.  they were obvious.

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elf house

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troll

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then we moved on, and the mountains receded into the distance.  we’d been in snaefellsjokull national park most of the day, where you’re not allowed to pee outside, or leave any trash.  so of course there were plenty of bathrooms at djupalon, but they were all locked.

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snow flying up the mountain

so we went to hellisandur, where there’s an n1 gas station that is world famous for its soup.  so we had some soup.  it was delicious.  and i needed something hot in my stomach.  it helped.  siggi wanted to go on, because there was a swimming pool in the next village, but i was getting worse, and didn’t think getting wet would be a good idea.

i snoozed most of the way back, but since jim is useless in taking photos, i had to take the camera back and shoot as we drove.

i went to bed when we got back, and i got up when dinner was ready.  siggi and runa fixed a wonderful lamb stirfry, which i had some of, and then went back to bed.  i feel sort of better this morning, so we’ll see…

 

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