Drifting Through Sognefjord

I’m on a boat drifting quietly through the fjords of Norway, oh my lordie it’s beautiful out here! I don’t really have any plans over the next 4 or 5 days I’m just gonna go with the flow, stopping overnight at towns in the Sognefjord that pique my interest, which could be all of them…

Update: I left my tripod on the boat but they returned it to me the next day! Haha thanks Norway! ūüôā

Drifting Through Sognefjord

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Epic Voringfossen

There are some things that just have to be seen to be believed and I think the Voringfossen waterfall is one of them. I mean just look at that thing, it’s SO EPIC! You’ll find it in Eidfjord by the way, close to the road that connects Bergen to Oslo, it’s well worth a look (just in case my all caps shouting didn’t make that obvious).

Epic Voringfossen

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Sunset Over Bergen, Norway

The hills above Bergen, Norway are great for hiking! I didn’t really know what to expect but there are lots of trails up there and the views are spectacular. I followed a fairly obvious path to begin with but as the sun began to set I went into full blown¬†photographer mode trying to find the best sunset composition I could. I ended up going WAY off track but as I approached the EDGE OF A CLIFF¬†things really opened up, just in time to watch the sun sneak below the clouds. Of course I had to walk an extra 4 or 5 kilometres back to my hotel but when I load the photos on to my computer later I’m always happy I made the extra effort!

Sunset over Bergen

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Drifting Through the Night

I make lots of little mistakes on my travels but in a way I kind of like it! A lot of my favourite moments happen by accident so I’ve learned to embrace an element of randomness.¬†Which brings me here, to the side of a winding road somewhere in the Faroes. I’m on an island named Vagar, it’s getting late and my destination is further away than I thought, but man, it’s just awesome out here!

Drifting Through the Night

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G√°sadalur and the Mulafossur Waterfall

Gasadalur is one of the coolest places I’ve ever been! Up until 10 years ago the only way you could get to this little village (of about 20 people) was to climb over a mountain! There’s a tunnel now but the views from the mountain path are amazing so it’s definitely worth the extra effort. What makes this secret little spot even more magical is the incredible Mulafossur waterfall that greets you on arrival, so much awesome!

G√°sadalur and the Mulafossur Waterfall

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The Floating Island of Mykines

The Faroe Archipelago is full of geological wonders that I couldn’t have even imagined until I saw them with my own eyes! I got a great view of the westernmost island of Mykines while hiking to the village of¬†G√°sadalur, it looked so distinct, like it was a floating island that would have moved on if I came back the next day. Which makes me think about the flying island of Laputa from Gulliver’s Travels, love that book!

The Floating Island of Mykines

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Oh Hai There!

I stumbled upon this friendly fella while on a hike here in the Faroe Islands. We talked about cheese prices, Nash equilibriums and the state of dairy farming before going our separate ways. These things happen when you’re traveling alone in the middle of nowhere (and already a little cray-cray)…

Oh hai there

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Nolsoy Across the Sea

Surprisingly, the Faroe Islands are made up of a number of islands. One of the smaller ones is Nolsoy and it’s only a short ferry ride from the main town of Torshavn so I cruised over there yesterday to see what all the fuss is about! There’s a little community down one end and then a long walk through grasslands to a picturesque lighthouse. I’ll talk more about the hike¬†another day but it was a memorable one and highly recommended if you happen to be over here! I took this photo of Nolsoy¬†while on the ferry, hopefully it¬†does justice to the gorgeous views here!

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Grass Roof Homes in the Faroe Islands

Wow I LOVE the houses here in the Faroe Islands! Especially these ones with grass roofs! There’s a whole bunch of them¬†near the harbour in¬†Torshavn (where I found this beauty). They’re so quaint and charming, wouldn’t the world be a better place if we all had grass roof homes? Yes is the answer, now if I can just work out how to get up there for a picnic…

Grass Roof Homes in the Faroe Islands

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Hello from the Faroe Islands!

I’m here in the Faroe Islands for about a week, doing what exactly you ask? I HAVE NO IDEA! Haha! Definitely a few hikes, and maybe some¬†exploring, yes lots of exploring! Anyway I’m staying in Torshavn and the people have been super-duper nice so far! I took this photo on a little walk through the town after settling in, this is gonna be fun!

Hello from the Faroe Islands

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Lost in Landmannalaugar

I got lost a number of times on the 3 day hike from Skogar to Landmannalaugar (they don’t make it easy), but on the final day I got REALLY lost! I like to¬†see the funny side of these things but at the time it was quite disheartening. As I was getting close to my camp for the night (only a few kilometres away!) I came upon a fork in the road with a sign pointing to ‘Landmannahellir’, I could see¬†this wasn’t ‘Landamannalauger’ but with no¬†sign describing the other¬†direction I thought I’d take my chances with the similar name (seriously what’s up the names over here??).

This was the wrong decision. On return there turned out to be another, far more descriptive sign a few hundred metres in the correct direction, you might want to put that one at the first fork people! Haha wow anyway I trudged on for over 5 kilometres in the wrong direction, doubt building with each step as the weather took a turn for the worst. When I finally¬†reached a sign that confirmed my suspicions I was truly a broken man, having to retrace my steps and add another 10 kilometres to an already huge hike was brutal!¬†On the brightside it makes a funny story and I saw some things I wouldn’t have otherwise, including this surreal landscape¬†not far from my original mistake.

I’m moving on to the Faroe Islands soon but I have so many more photos from Iceland¬†that I can’t wait to share with y’all!

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Landscapes of Laugavegur

After staying the night at Alftavatn (next to the lake you can see) my hike continued across the remarkable landscapes of Laugavegur.

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Lenticular Clouds at the Volcano Huts

After starting the day in Skogar I finally made it to the Volcano Huts in Thorsmork for a well earned rest! Before settling in¬†for food and a shower I quickly took a few snaps of the lenticular clouds hovering around the mountains. I don’t get the chance to see them very often and they looked incredible as the sun went down.

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The Impossible River Crossing

Today I learnt an important lesson in why not to solely rely on Google Maps. I knew exactly where my camp at Thorsmork was but what I didn’t count on was a raging river that I had no way of crossing on foot. I’m not sure if the river is always like that but it seemed like a hopeless situation at the time. I walked alongside the river for a couple of hours¬†until a bus with giant river crossing wheels turned up. The driver was nice enough to let me jump on board¬†and across we went, crisis avoided! This photo is one of the many I took while walking alongside the river (and no this isn’t the ‘raging’ part, haha that’s further to the left).¬†The strange cloud formations were especially awesome around these parts, what a wild day!

The Impossible River Crossing

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Down the Valley into Thorsmork

There’s just something special about hiking in the mountains, I don’t know if it’s the solitude, the ever-changing conditions, the amazing landscapes or the sense of discovery but I imagine it’s a mixture of all these elements and probably more. The weather had been fairly dour most of the day as I left Skogar and ascended into the hills but it was still a memorable walk past some breathtaking waterfalls. I had to really knuckle down through long stretches of rain, wind and snow but when I came through on the other side the clouds began to break up and I was treated to something really special. Light pierced the clouds as I walked down the valley into Thorsmork, creating a magical scene that still gives me goosebumps.

Down the Valley into Thorsmork

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Reflections of Skogafoss

Before starting a 3 day, 90km hike to Landmannalauger I stayed the night in Skogar. It’s a small Icelandic village known for the 60 metre high waterfall named Skogafoss which you can see pictured.¬†Rain stopped me from taking a photo until it was dark but it¬†was well worth the wait. The rain left behind some large puddles which I used to get a nice reflection, they give photos¬†a bit of an¬†x-factor so I love to make use of them when I can. The darkness was a bonus too, sure I couldn’t see much but the long exposure (4 minutes) helped bring the scene to life¬†and¬†I had the whole place to myself!

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Sheep in the Hills above Vik

While hiking in the hills above Vik I came across this happy little family, nice of them to pose for a photo! ūüôā

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The Rocks at Vik

I wandered down to the beach at Vik (in Southern Iceland) one night to take some long exposure photos. There was thick cloud about and it was REALLY dark, I mean I could barely see anything out there! To set up a shot I first cranked the ISO up as high as it could go and took a quick trial exposure purely to see what was out there. After getting the composition right I crunched some numbers based on the high ISO trial¬†and then took the¬†real deal¬†with a much lower ISO (1600 in this case). I would wait for anywhere between 2 and 10 minutes for the exposure to finish which was incredibly boring! Haha you have no idea how slow time moves when you’re on a beach in the middle of the night in Iceland! I just kind of walked about aimlessly until the exposure was finished. At least the long wait made it super¬†exciting to see the results!

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Fireworks at Jokulsarlon Glacial Lagoon

Sometimes you just get lucky.¬†I had no idea about the annual fireworks display held at¬†Jokulsarlon¬†(a glacial lagoon in Southern Iceland) until I arrived in Hofn and was told that it was on that very night!¬†Barely believing my luck I jumped on one of the organized buses and off we went. The wind coming off the lagoon was pretty cold (it is glacial after all) but the fireworks were awesome¬†and¬†the whole night was just¬†amazingly surreal. You’ve set a high bar Iceland, it’s gonna be tough to top this!

Fireworks at Jokulsarlon Glacial Lagoon

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An Epic Rainbow in Skaftafell

Far out the weather was weird today! I packed and unpacked my camera dozens of times as stormy weather set in, only for the sun to come out shortly after. In this case the clearing weather was accompanied by an epic rainbow, awww yeah!

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