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Iceland’s Ring Road meets a glacier

Where the glacier meets the road

Fratercula arctica

Látrabjarg puffin (Iceland)

Today’s photo comes from a day I will not soon forget. That day was a little over three months ago. I woke up in my rented camper van on the westernmost tip of the Snæfellsnes Peninsula in western Iceland (by myself with no humans within hundreds of kilometers) and proceeded on a wondrous drive that took me to this spot, known as Látrabjarg. Látrabjarg is the westernmost tip of Iceland, and a bird can fly there from Snæfellsnes in under half an hour, but, by car, it takes over six hours–six hours of amazing views and vistas I should add. And no people. Actually, it was more like ten hours as I couldn’t resist the hot springs and photo ops along the way.

Fratercula arctica is the scientific name for the Atlantic Puffin. This one is peering across the Denmark Strait at Greenland in the distance. Speaking of scientific names… A few weeks later I found myself in Uppsala, Sweden immersed in the history of the father of scientific naming, Carl Linnaeus.

Waterfall Wednesday

Gluggafoss

Gluggafoss (AKA Merkjárfoss) is probably not normally worth the effort as it isn’t on the ring road, and is a bit of a detour to get to, but I was staying at a nearby guesthouse anyway that night. The upside is that there are few tourists.

Time of year may also play into your decision to visit or not. Most photos on the internet show a more depressing (brown) scene. I think it’s only this green in late July and August.

Londrangar

Londrangar

Today’s photo comes from a little over a month ago on the Snæfellsnes Peninsula of Iceland. Like most of the gorgeous places I visited on my short trip through northwestern Iceland on my way to Denmark, I was the only human there.

Night in late June in the Westfjords of Iceland

The long and winding road

Látrabjarg puffin

Látrabjarg puffin

Látrabjarg, Iceland is not easy to get to. The drive is beautiful, but the road is pretty bad, at times, and by the time I arrived I wasn’t feeling so hot. Winds were crazy strong, maybe varying between 20 and 50 MPH. Everyone wanted to see the puffins, and other birds, but it was very dangerous as the wind was blowing in the direction of blasting people off the cliff. To get anywhere near the edge you had to crawl on your hands and knees. Even then you couldn’t see any puffins, but you could see thousands of other birds.

Most people gave up on the puffins and headed back to their cars. I sat down on a spot no one was around and just soaked it all in for a while. Then this little guy or gal showed up. Not far from me, this puffin put on a show like a paid model. I have probably a hundred photos, each with a different pose.

species kinds latrabjarg bird life description iceland puffin

Látrabjarg bird life description

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