Wrapped up in the dreams of a favorable weather forecast, I left Hvolsvöllur and headed east toward Jökulsárlón [glacier lagoon]. The weather ended up being awful, but it fit my vision perfectly for how I wanted to photograph Vik.
What is Vik? It's a small town surrounded by impressive cliffs, crazy rock formations, and black basalt beaches. It's known for it's bad, almost in hospitable weather conditions. You may remember this post from that day. [Basically REALLY windy, raining, water everywhere, like wow!]
So I went off scouting with just the Fuji.
Having found some shelter, I brought out the Nikon gear.
Pretty straight forward, camera + camera rain coat. Everything still got damp, but without the cover I would have been in the market for a new kit.
I LOVED VIK. It was incredible. Having to push the limits of photography in that weather. So much fun. All in all, I only spent about 90 minutes there. I would have loved to spend a few days really exploring the area. [I initially had a few days in Vik scheduled but I ran out of time.]
The drive toward Jökulsárlón continued through miles and miles of lush lava fields. There are various formations of lava. Sharp, lumpy, jagged, bulbous, etc. I had been looking for these puffy lava pillows with this insanely plush moss growth.
Here's what I was looking for. Again, sadly just driving through.
Fuji photos from the evening's drive. The day ended at a motel in Skaftafell.