Iceland, A Remote Land without Time, 2017
Dyrhólaey is a protected nature area perched above steep cliffs that has become a temporary nest for migrating seagulls. There is also a natural rock arch here. My daughter, who is 12 and is a bird lover patiently waited before she was able to spot a puffin from far below.
The town of Vík which was 6 km away was our next stop. There we walked on a beach blacker than black to come back to their landing spots on the green cliff rocks they were sharing with the seagulls.
Just when we started to head back to the car my daughter saw a puffin as close as ten meters on a rock. He dried his wings for a few minutes before he gracefully flew with his red legs apart to show his white chubby belly.
The Southeast region is dominated by Europe’s largest icecap Vatnajökull. At Lake Jökulsárlón, at the receding light of the approaching midnight, floating icebergs resembled wizard boats in faraway seas. The seals and flocks of barnacle geese did not mind the cold waters of the lake.
On the way back from the same road we walked on the soft grasses of the hills jumping over streams off of the thousand waterfalls. Here is a song I wrote there while enjoying the lacy waterfalls.
We then drove through high plateaus covered with patches of snow and deep finger like fjords with eider ducks, kittiwakes, black-backed gulls resting along the seaweed lined shores.
Then we visited the Djúpalonssandur beach near Dritvík with scattered pieces of corroded iron which once were an English trawler wrecked close by in 1948.
A little further down the road, Malarrif had remnants of playground structures together with a tall lighthouse and two high rock pillars.
Púfubjarg offers beautiful views of sharp cliffs inhabited by screeching kittiwakes, fulmars, herring hull, black backed gull and guillemots.
The path from Helmar to Arnarstapi starts with a cave like arch in the sea where we could see kittiwake babies sitting motionless under their mothers. The path then continues with eeri lava rocks covered with lichen and, ends at cliff tops covered with low Icelandic flowers such as roseroot, creeping thyme, yellow marsh marigold, common sea thrift, and common yarrows. Below the cliffs are sea birds nesting on the flat tops of basalt rocks. Some with puffy babies that once in a while stand up to stretch their tiny legs.