Iceland was fantastic! With practically no visible signs of the recent volcano eruption, the country is as beautiful as ever. We (Michel Geven and I) had the best of times. I think he must be getting on a bit because this time, he didn't even knock my room door down at 4AM èvery night! :-)
The 9 day trip led us from Reykjavik, via Vik, to the Jokulsarlon Glaciers; back North to Borgarnes; with the ferry to the West Fjords, with an unforeseen but very welcome night at the wonderful island of Flatey, due to missing the last ferry - I was súre I read somewhere that it would go at 8PM! :-) - west to Latrabjarg to the Puffin cliffs, and back again to Reykjavik.
Gained 2 kilos from the countless bags of M&M's, winegums and kokosböller :-) and nòt because of the regular evening dinners, which Michel manages to make us miss every time because of òne more shot of some Skua or another. Only on the Ferry I could corner him into eating something that had at least more than one vitamin in it :-)
But Michel, you're the best travel companion one could wish for on a photo-trip!! Already looking forward to next year!! :-)
Thanks to the valuable directions we got from one of Iceland's most skilled bird photographers, Sigurjón Einarsson we found this lupin field where two pairs of Short-Eared Owls had their hunting grounds. An incredibly beautiful sight! Unfortunately, in the limited time we had, they didn't come really close to our cameras, so this is quite a heavy crop, but seeing those magnificent hunters with their piercing eyes, flying completely silent over that vast sea of blue, was a sight I won't easily forget. Thanks so much, Sigurjón!
I promise to update the diary on my website with the Iceland trip asap!