Iceland Complete, Now Greenland

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Troy and I had a whirlwind trip in Iceland. We are now at Reykjavík Domestic Airport awaiting our flight to Greenland! We are in extreme sleep deprivation after visiting some amazing sites. I apologize in advance if this is not well written or doesn’t make sense.  All of these photos were taken with my iPhone.

My flight arrived late into Iceland Saturday morning and I didn’t really sleep on the overnight flight.  Troy was waiting and we headed to Thingvellir National Park first for a quick visit.

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We were dead tired and headed to our guesthouse for a short 2-3 hour nap. That recharged me a lot and we took off to go visit Geysir and Gullfoss until midnight.

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The above image is a view of Gullfoss around 11pm. I have some videos of Geysir that I’ll post later when I get back to the US.  We made it back to the guesthouse for another 3 hour nap and left around 4:30am to head to Haifoss, a beautiful area with two waterfalls in a very remote location. We were supposed to have a 4-wheel drive vehicle for the road but we made it in a tiny Hyundai sedan. It was well worth the effort!

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I had found another special place nearby that required even more off roading that turned out to be a little paradise.  It felt as though we were entering a magical kingdom of waterfalls and springs.

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You can see Troy in red on the trails looking up at me.  We drove down south after that and headed to Dyrholaey to see some puffins flying off in the distance and a large boulder in the ocean.

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The views were spectacular and the amount of green looking back inland was astounding.

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We also went down by the black sand beach as a storm approached and drenched us.

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We then checked into our next guesthouse in Hella, ate and set off for another waterfall, Skogafoss, for the night shoot.  We started at the bottom and then climbed the stairs to the top.

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We then walked up the river feeding this waterfall and found another smaller falls that were just as spectacular.

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Again we made it back at midnight for a quick 3 hour nap and went back out to Seljalandsfoss for a morning shoot.  This waterfall allowed us to take pictures from behind it to display its amazing beauty.

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Yes, I got soaking wet but it made the rain drizzle seem like nothing.  😁  Mother Nature is great for changing my perspective.  Exhausted, we headed back to pack up and drive to the airport where we now await our next adventure.  Iceland is definitely a special place that I plan to visit again.  Each waterfall has its own personality and beauty, and I would have loved to spend more time at each and see more of the country.  This was definitely a good taste of what the island has to offer.  I’m sorry for the brevity and dump of photos, but I hope you understand.  I’ll write more soon…Bye!

 

 

 

 

 

Author: Dr. Amy Novotny

Amy Novotny is a physical therapist, marathon/ultra runner and nature photographer. She treats patients for a variety of conditions but specializes in chronic pain and calming an overactive nervous system using special diaphragmatic breathing. She has used this technique to help her qualify and run in four Boston marathons! She enjoys the outdoors and can often be found running and hiking on trails in throughout Arizona. She attempts to capture the beauty of nature with her photography both locally in Arizona and also throughout the United States. She is becoming more interested in wildlife photography and attempting to capture the emotion of animal interactions. In her spare time, Amy volunteers as a photo guide for the Arizona Highways PhotoScapes nonprofit and shares her joy of nature with others. Please feel free to contact her regarding her photography, physical therapy or running.

12 thoughts on “Iceland Complete, Now Greenland”

  1. Boy that was a whirlwind tour, but gosh it looks just beautiful! I love the one where you got behind the falls! All of the “green” is amazing, you’re right. They have always said: “Iceland is green and Greenland is ice”! Glad you are having fun, even though you are exhausted!

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  2. Your iPhone photos are just fine – it’s the writing that really carries this, tired though you may be. Many thanx for sharing this part of your latest adventure!

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    1. Aww. Thanks Jeff!! Lol, I’ve been trying to make up the sleep since I got back to the US! Although we’ve been getting up early and staying out late some nights, I’m now into naps!!! 😬

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