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July 22nd – July 31st 2013

More than 30°C out there and no end of the heat period in sight. On top of that, we really reached the end of pretty much everything… energy, smiles, … . So what to do? Of course the only thing that really works for us – back to the roots and basics. With only the things that fit into a backpack and most importantly: so out of here. Our destination this time lays 66° North: Iceland.

 Here are some impressions of our first part of our trip here.

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Street in Reykjavik

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Icelanders have a funny way of architecture when it comes to churches… this church completely made of concrete took more than 30 years to build.

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Why wasting money on flower pots if you can just use that?

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And why using walls for pretty graffities when you can use them for far more useful things such as instructions like these?

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on our way to Landmannalaugar

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setting up our home base for the next 3 days in Landmannalaugar. Here we stayed for 3 days and then went on the Laugarvegur, a 4 day hike of ca.50km over to Thorsmörk

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near Landmannalaugar

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Possibilities for shopping in Landmannalaugar

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inside the „Mountain Mall“

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Starting the Laugarvegur hike

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the hut in Landmannalaugar we stayed in the last night so we didn’t have to bother with taking care of all our camping gear at the morning of the hike

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Basalt – near Lanamannalaugar

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cotton grass – near Landmannalaugar. It’s a bit like fluffy, very small sheep for take away :o)

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thermal activity on the way

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ready to go :o)

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in memoriam of an Israeli guy who died in 2004 in a sudden blizzard not even 30 minutes from the next hut

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classic…

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icelandic kids grow up differently I suppose…no discos, parties… The two wardens (left) were visited that night by some friends who hiked all the way over the snow fields and mountain peaks just to have a beer (you can’t see it, but they buried it in the snow behind them), a chat and a BBQ (see the instant-one-time-use-only-BBQ right in front of them). Love it :o) – Hrafntinnusker hut

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Dinner time for us… yum…not.

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packing up the next morning at Hrafntinnusker hut

 

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gone are the times where we used to smile at slightly shaky one-person-only bridges in New Zealand… river crossing it is.

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dinner is as uncreative as it looks :o) at Alftavatn hut

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Even though it never gets dark, sunrise and sunsets are incredible out here

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a lovely couple from the US we kept meeting every night at the huts – Elaine and Arnie at Alftavatn hut

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Yeah, we pretty much screwed it that morning by sleeping too long, enjoying a too long breakfast and leavingtoo late because of all of that. On top of it all, Chris had a little panic attack after about 100 m because he thought he might have lost his wallet. Repacking it is…

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buses can cross pretty much everything here :o) A pity we had to cross the ice cold river on foot though.

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passing time with reading while Chis was taking photos somewhere

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..and sometimes joining the photography-fun. Unfortunately, the world came down on us right after that break and we had to walk in ice cold rain for the next 3 or 4 hours…

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The hut is close! Emstrur hut

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getting ready for the last river crossing

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finally arriving at the last hut: Thorsmörk.

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We sent our camping gear to Thorsmörk hut and were quite surprised it actually arrived even though the destination was only badly taped on the rubbish bag.

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Sven from Belgium. Thank goodness Chris found this great photography-partner. They motivated each other a lot and ran up hills for sunsets even after the long days of hiking or motivated to get up at 3.30am for the sunrises. Bless him :o)

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Sunset in Thorsmörk

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Another great guy we met on the way: Tore from Norway. He was always one of the first on the way and when we arrived at the huts, he had already done pretty much all the day tours as well. Great guy to talk to… He is on his way to Asia for the next few years… we hope to hear from him what he is up to.

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our bus that brought us back to Reykjavik

2 Kommentare auf “66° North – Land of Ice and Fire”

  1. Erk Molt sagt:

    Wunderschön! Ok – mir definitiv zu sportlich, aber ich bewundere das. Mutter Erde hat uns schon wunderschöne Flecken Erde geschenkt.

  2. Tim sagt:

    Just want to say great photographs and editorial love it, looks like you had a great time!