I was staying near Jökulsárlón at the guesthouse Gerdi. I'm told thats where the photographers always stay since its the closest hotel to the glacier lagoon. I woke up early, and found that unfortunately the poor weather continues. No sunrises, no sunsets the last four days. Heavy clouds and rain seem to dominate the days.
Despite the weather, I got up early and headed off to the black beaches, just south of Jökulsárlón. The glaciers break off from the larger glaciers, float down the river and the ocean washes them back on to the shore. It's basically death row for these beautiful objects.
To be completely honest, I had ideas in my head of what I wanted to photograph here. I worked at it for hours and hours, until I realized it was almost noon. I needed to get moving back west, and I left thinking I had really missed the mark on this one. Having taken a look at the photos, I'm feeling a bit better about what the photos I made.
I had nothing specific planned for the afternoon, so I came upon a sign for Pakgil. I've been told several times that this is an amazing place, and worth going to. Fine, I don't need much more than that, I was sold. The drive begins on what looks like a nice country road that rolls through soft hills and gently makes it way. The terrain quickly becomes more and more rugged. The road becomes coarse gravel, the landscape alternates from lush green topped mountains to jagged rock faced mountains. Given the terrain, the drive seems larger than it really is.
You reach this peak location. In the fog and rain, the feel of this place is erie. I was taken aback by these crude wooden structure that lined this peak location. I thought this must be Pakgil. Half of the structures were collapsed in on themselves. It's hard to tell what this place was. The view, on a clear day is most likely even more spectacular. Had it not been for the rain, I likely could have spent a few hours there.
But that wasn't Pakgil, so I had to keep going. The landscape around me continued to shift drastically. No longer are the hills lush with green growth or even a mountain mix of jagged rock faces and the like, I was transported to what felt like a different planet.
Eventually, I did in fact make it to Pakgil. It was well worth it. Photos to come.