In all the times I've been to Iceland, I've never been to the Westfjords. That's until last week's trip to see Whale Wise. It amplified the excitement I had ahead of the trip!
I'd landed on Saturday ahead of a wild storm hitting Iceland and got installed into my hotel half way between the airport and the Westfjords. I'd decided to go out and take some photos in the storm around the hotel and realised I'd picked up my husband's waterproof over trousers. He is taller and a little more slender than me so there just wasn't the room for my sassy ass to fit them. Though, I did shoehorn myself in them to go out into the storm. They were so tight I was shuffling like a penguin - hahaha!
On Sunday I ended up back tracking on myself to Reykjavik after the storm to hunt a pair down. And so I finally hit the road north to the Westfjords. The afternoon light was lowering and painting the MOST incredible golden hours!! I love the Arctic light, the acclaimed 'golden hour' lasts about 3-4 hours sometimes!
My journey into the Westfjords took a lot longer than I expected. But that's because it literally took my breath away on every bend! Dramatic mountains, roads that wind across the sea fjords and then the colours, ooooooh the colours!
I don't think I have ever seen colours like this in Iceland. With the whole landscape turning vibrant autumnal hues, reds, yellows and oranges popping all the more in the breathtaking light.
I arrived at the fjord where I'd be spending the next week. And as the sun was about to drop below the mountains, the fjord was flat and calm. The clouds that were dusting the sky picked up all of the amazing sunset colours.
It was such a welcome and I hoped it would be a good omen for the rest of the week!
Do you love autumnal colours on the landscape? Where are your favourite places to soak in the joy of this season?
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