In the third installment of his travel series, lomographer Andrea Russo recalls their experiences during the sixth day of their stay in Iceland – seeing massive blue and white icebergs at the Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon, petting Icelandic ponies, having a chance, up-close encounter with wild reindeer, and witnessing a breathtaking show of the aurora borealis.
We spent our fifth night in a farm just before Höfn, a fishing village in the southeastern part of the country, after a quick dinner of langoustine sandwiches (a traditional Höfn dish) in a fishermen’s shack. The farm was as cozy and lovely as you can imagine and, of course, it was surrounded by nature (see this link). We set our alarm at 9 am, two hours before sunrise – the perfect time to enjoy a tasty Icelandic breakfast with no rush and get ready while dancing to Sylvan Esso.
We left the farm heated up by the golden light of the rising sun. A sudden swerve of our car on the icy and slippery road scared the pants off us but didn’t affect our enthusiasm. Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon was our destination for the day. Well… It was terrific. Floating milky white and bright blue icebergs with seals swimming and playing in the wild, along with black shores and washed up multitudes of icebergs in various shapes and sizes glimmering in the sun. I’ve never experienced anything similar in my entire life. We spent hours there without even realizing it!
On our way back we stopped for a while to pet a bunch of Icelandic ponies, and just as we started thinking that the day could not have gone any better, we encountered several wild reindeer running next to our car on the edges of the road. Hot springs in the open surrounded only by the black night and a home cooked dinner with asparagus soup and salmon, before going to sleep with a huge smile on our faces.
During those days we set the alarm at 1 am, when the geomagnetic activity should be at its best (as we were advised by James, our couch surfing host in Reykjavík). That night we looked up the sky from our window, as we had done previously without success, just to notice that I forgot the car lights on. We dressed up randomly and rushed out, afraid that the battery had already run out. As soon as I turned the lights off we saw the aurora. We stepped out the car and stood there in silence while those bright green lights danced all around us. It was nothing compared to what we saw on our first night in Reykjavík. A show that we won’t ever forget.
To be continued.