All images in this post were shot with an iPhone 7+ for blog purpose | Stay tuned for the last post of this series where I show the landscape photography that made my selection
Upon leaving Reykjavic, I was set on going to visit Áfangagil, Landmannalaugar and road F225. I am a huge fan of Ridley Scott's work / cinematographic vision and in particular Prometheus. I knew they filmed the landscapes for the alien planet L223 in F225 and the surroundings, therefore I wanted to visit that otherworldly highland.
Unfortunately for me, which I already knew in advance, the road was closed due to winter. So all I could manage was to wave at my future trip :P, and get nice images in the process.
Tip: Highland roads (F-roads) are closed during most of the year due to snow / ice. They do open between June-August depending on the conditions of the road. You can visit the highlands in winter if you go with a tour that has big modified 4x4 cars. But those tend to be very pricy. In addition, during the summertime when the roads are open, not all car companies allow you to drive through the Fords (rivers). Some car companies offer River-Crossing-Insurance (RCI) such as Lotus car rentals. This provides extra peace of mind since it covers potential damages due to the water. I believe there are only 2 car rental companies offering RCI (Lotus and Thrifty). All the others, well...you will have to be responsible for any damage. Also make sure to rent a car that is high enough to cross the rivers since these can get very deep when the snow melt is full-on power.
After that little adventure, we headed to our next destination: Litli Geysir Hotel. We wanted to visit the iconic Geysers without a rush of a tour. The hotel was very cute and the staff was so friendly. More than a hotel, it felt like staying at a home.
Next to the hotel there was a small shopping centre, which I throughly enjoyed. They really had a nice assortment of Icelandic products, including very large sections for North 66 and Geysir clothing (the largest assortment I have seen so far). In addition there was a food-cafe where you could purchase sandwiches, ice cream, chocolate etc...
Going back to the hotel, the food there was very lovely. The dinner assortment was decent for the size of the hotel and it offered the chance to try something that was very local: Rúgbrauð.
This is a bread that is typically cooked overnight in a pot that is buried next to a hot spring. In this case, it had been made into a dessert-dish. The bread is essentially a rye-bread. But it had a different consistency and sweetness than the typical scandinavian or German rye breads.
Finally, the Geysers. We walked the little promenade that had many active and dormant Geysers and hot springs. Like dummies that we were, we walked straight to the big and famous: Geysir. We stayed there and waited for it to erupt (*insert facepalm*), I was all excited with my camera, ready for action.
I was wondering why on earth nobody else was there waiting. But oh well - more for me - or so I thought. After a while of no action, I decided to google it's latency time between eruptions. That is when I found out: years. YEARS.
Yep, we stood there like 2 dummies. So after laughing it off, we left to see the Geyser that was erupting every 7-8 minutes: Strokkur. I was able to enjoy several eruptions and take some awful pictures, but it was well worth it.
At night, we went out trying to catch some northern lights, but our eyes weren't working too properly and we started to really freeze (Note to self: next time you go to Iceland in winter, get more windproof clothing).
We woke up next morning to eat breakfast on a beautiful sight. Wonderful dark planes with a spectrum of colors from the sunrise. The breakfast here was far better than at Fosshotel. They actually had some pretty nice traditional Icelandic food and we were surprised to find they served shots of Cod liver oil. I was gladly grabbing a shot of that for my daily omega's.
After that, we headed to a waterfall...
Stay tuned for Part III...