“You’ll come around the side of the mountain, and then turn left just after the waterfall.” These were the directions given by our hotel when late the night before travel I call to confirm our booking.
“What if we don’t see the waterfall?” I asked, skeptically looking at the map – it was a little back from the road, we’d be arriving after dark…
“You’ll see the waterfall,” replied the hotel receptionist after a moment’s ambiguous pause.
We’d booked our Seattle trip through Icelandair, seeing a 25% saving compared to other airlines, offset by the minor inconvenience of a 2 hour stopover in Keflavik (which I viewed as a bonus, not having been to the country). Moment’s before booking I idly checked what happened to the price if you shifted that to a two day stopover – a near 40% saving… hence our two days in Iceland on the flight out, something I think I’ll repeat on all personal travel to the US.
We dumped the idea of Reykjavik swiftly, opting to hire a car and make straight for Skógafoss – the vast south coast waterfall of which I have never seen a bad photograph. And it’s visible from the road, as a vast cube of roaring white power that dwarfs everything, everywhere, utterly.
Not knowing where to start with my photographs of it, I picked this one for the view across the river. Sage advisors have noted different crops, which I do think are more effective, but I’m leading with this version for the wider sweep of foreground water.
Amongst my top photography tips is that one should carry a pair of Crocs or Hunters (still waiting for the sponsorship cheque, if you’re reading this gents). In this case it was Crocs. The water is cold as a chemical burn, and earned me some enthusiastic heckles from Chinese onlookers – “牛! 牛! 牛!”. I like shooting just millimeters above the water, all a little haphazard, but really allowing the wide plane of rough water to dominate.
Whilst I had it alone at night, a few fellow travelers were dotted around this frame – Photoshop is to thank for their not being visible here. I let one stranger remain, gazing up at the huge wall of falling water – probably still a good 150m+ from the falls themselves.
For those who haven’t been; go. Hire a car at the airport and take the road east. It’s a couple of hours drive. Don’t worry about a map. You’ll see it from the road.