Iceland

ICELAND 2016 † HORNSTRANDIR 5

"Phantasmagorical Hornstrandir"

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4th and 5th day (the last).

I gathered these two days on the same page because the first is summarized in some images. The weather was gloomy and I let the rain crackle on Tobias’s tent as the hours passed peacefully under his awakening.

Sometimes it’s good to go with no purpose, to be satisfied with a simple fellowship: a friend, coffee, chatting.

What a strange character that Tobias remains here alone for months. The image quest is also a path to oneself. I think I understood his need to isolate himself from the world and live in peace in this wilderness. I admit that I would also try the experience of an extended stay.

Every day spent here is worth a thousand.

 

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But do we really need to move when the spectacle that is before you is so beautiful?

 

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It’s 22pm. I’m about to go to sleep when suddenly… The vixen appears …

 

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… soon followed by his little …

 

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… I have the feeling that she got used to my presence? She sits on the rock in front of me …

 

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… and watch me in the darkness. I realize that she came to greet me almost every night …

 

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… as if to accompany my dreams.

 

 

LAST DAY


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It’s 9:00 am. A ray of sunlight breaks through the fjord, letting me glimpse the other side for the first time. How beautiful ! A huge bowl is right in front of me…

 

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… and for the first time, colors appear on the cliffs.

 

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I see Hornvik’s caretaker’s house who is in charge of this area in summer. It is about an hour’s walk away, there is a campsite next door named Höfn , more popular and more comfortable than the one I live with Tobias ( Horn ) because he is on the beach in a more unobstructed area.

We are more isolated with Tobias but also more in contact with the nature and cliffs of Honrbjarg .

 

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You see the tiny orange dot to the right of the house? It is an emergency shelter as found in Westfjords . You will find a shelter and a radio to launch an SOS.

 

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Birds like me like this ray of light. They are millions to cheer the sky.

 

 

HIKING TO LATRAVIK LIGHTHOUSE


It’s 10:30 when I head south from my camp. In front of me a totally unknown valley that climbs towards cliffs. I have not been to this area before. Tobias told me it was simple: I was going to find a path that would take me to the lighthouse. The hike is given for 3 hours. The boat will pick me up at 4pm. No time to lose!

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The fog thickens quickly and I can not find any path, I walk through a thick moor and waterlogged. There are huge puddles hidden by the bushes and the progression is not easy. Arrived on the heights I see to my surprise a silhouette sitting on a rock. This is a young volunteer from Arctic Fox Center . I salute him from a distance.
He launches me:
“Did you make the map of Iceland?”
He probably heard about my presence here.
I aquiesce. He gives me a thumbs up sign of approval.
I leave immediately for the lighthouse.

 

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I reach the steep cliffs and run south. I have to be very careful because I do not know anything about this area and visibility is low.