What does the ocean awaken inside of you?
That piercing salty smell of the air.
The stretch of the horizons – broken only by the azure of the sky, and the crashing of the waves.
It makes me feel free, wild and small.
The oceans that surround Iceland are possibly the most impressive and left a big impression on me – they aroused a sense of wilderness and wonder that stretched from the black sand beaches, past the sea monsters and out to where the whales play, a feeling that I will remember for a long time.
A particularly beautiful stretch of coast was the South Coast.
Beginning with a few impressive waterfalls and getting completely soaked by walking behind the famous Seljalandsfoss waterfall. I snapped some shots of the 60m drop of Skógafoss waterfall and admired a wedding photography shoot going on – her beautiful dress blended with the icy background, and a warm cardigan over the top to stop the chill!
Driving through lava fields and beside the ocean, the sun began to shine through and eventually it felt like a warm summers day. The lava field glistened with black rocks and strange formations – it looked like a fabulous place to play hide and seek!
My favourite place along the south coast was the Diamond Beach and the Glacier Lagoon of Jökulsárlón. With compressed Glacial ice that has been moving slowly towards the coast for the past thousand years, now retreating and melting, ancient ice crumbling into the sea, a site I have never even imagined – Icebergs being broken and swallowed by waves. Glass pieces of ice sitting on the black sand, creating rainbows and glistening in the sun.
I was so amazed and filled with wonder I didn’t know how to react – so of course I decided to be a whale. Where else has it ever been so appropriate to get down on my belly and pretend to be a whale?
The glacier lagoon itself was full of floating and crumbling icebergs and even a few seals swimming around, and soaking in the sunshine.
Heading back along the coast, I visited the black sand beach of Vik and observed the setting sun – the changing light in the sky to that mysterious twilight time. I sat and watched the early puffins sitting on the cliffs, nesting, and was amazed at how many there were – so many cute little flying penguins! They are so cute and cuddly looking, and probably quite delicious if that sort of thing floats your boat….
The basalt columns on this beach are what the Church in Reykjavik is designed after and you can see why!
The South Coast of Iceland was a special and magical place and a great way to draw a conclusion to the few adventures I had in this wild place covered in Volcanoes and Glaciers (and Penis Museums). I will be returning one day to Iceland, maybe with a better camera to capture some of the wild places in better quality…
“For whatever we lose
(Like a you or a me),
It’s always our self we find
in the sea.”
- E. E. Cummings