Last Saturday, I met up with a good friend Runólfur Hauksson aka Ronnie, and spent a couple of days taking photographs and getting to know the area around Höfn (pronounced Hup as in up) a great deal better. I visited Stokksness and Horn back at the beginning of March and you can see my post from that time here. It was great to be visiting again and meeting up with such good friends.
A little local knowledge is a wonderful thing and Ronnie took me to the well hidden site of a wrecked fishing boat that has lain in this spot for the past 100 years. The boat made a fabulous subject for a photograph and added that little something extra to my photos of this very dramatic piece of coastline so, thank you once again my friend, for this and many more photographs I have yet to process. It was a great couple of days!
As you can see, I was struggling to choose between these the images so decided to post them all. Please click on the images for a clearer, sharper view. Perhaps you have a favourite..
About a year ago, I donated a framed photograph to a charity raffle. After the raffle had been drawn, a lady approached me saying how much she liked the photograph and how disappointed she was that she hadn’t won it. She was so nice, I endeavoured to find out who she was which I did. I then framed another copy of the photo and sent it to her. You can see the photo that the lady liked so much here.
We exchanged emails and I was made to promise that if I were ever to visit Iceland, I must get in touch. Visiting Iceland at the time was not something I had considered but I guess the seed was sown and when I finally decided to make the journey, I did get in touch. What followed were lots of suggestions of where to visit and several introductions to people, one of whom was a university friend who lived in Höfn.
I was delighted when I, along with Poppy, Poppy’s BB and my friend Chris were invited to dinner with Hulda and her partner Róbert. We had a traditional Sunday roast, a meal that Hulda explained she’d enjoyed every Sunday since she was a child; roast lamb with rosemary, roast potatoes and vegetables. There was one additional condiment from the UK that Hulda explained she bought from a specialist shop in Reykjavik and who can argue with how well mint jelly goes with lamb. I was surprised how similar the meal was to the Sunday roast that I’d grown up with. We had a wonderful evening and it was such a pleasure to make new friends.
During the course of the evening I asked Hulda where she would recommend we visit while we were in Höfn. Horn was the answer and these are the photographs that followed. It was a very wild day, the wind was roaring in our ears and bringing tears to our eyes but we had some sunshine as you can see along with some very heavy snow. Thank you Hulda and Róbert once again for a fabulous evening. This post is dedicated you.