Of all the places I’ve visited in Iceland, none has had more of a profound effect on me than Haifoss. Haifoss (pronounced How-a-foss) reduces me to tears whenever I’m there. The raw, unadulterated beauty of this remote location moves me beyond words. These falls thunder some 122 metres or just over 400 feet into a gorge that stands at the head of a very beautiful valley.
It’s a remote location, off the beaten track and this means that whenever I’ve visited, I’ve been completely alone other than the companion or companions that I’ve had with me. There are no signs, no ropes, no walkways. It’s up to you to deduce that walking over the edge is likely to hurt quite a bit. It’s nature as it should be without all the nannying that is taking the magic away from so many places.
On this last visit, it was a real pleasure to introduce my good friends Poppy and her BB to Haifoss for the first time. As a group, we did attempt a visit back in February but snow meant the track was impassable. They were debating whether to join us this time but with a little persuasion along the lines of ‘it really is worth a visit’ they decided to come with us. Approaching the gorge they were silent, standing and staring I knew they were as moved by what they were seeing as I have always been.
Having my UAV (otherwise known as a drone) with me this time, I was able to enter the gorge and film the falls from above and below. You can hike up the valley and enter the gorge on foot but it’s a long hike and certainly not one that I could manage. The drone is allowing me to go places I’m now longer able to as well as giving, quite literally, a bird’s eye view of the world which is really quite magical.
I’ve posted the film below with original music by composer and very good friend Christopher Hartley. I was a little cautious filming here as there really is a lot of spray and my drone isn’t waterproof. That coupled with this only being my fifth flight. My apologies to those with slower Internet connections but this is HD video and I wanted to maintain a certain level of quality. I think it’s worth the wait. About half-way through, I’ve added an arrow to show where I am, up on the edge of the gorge. Just a reminder of the sheer scale.. Enjoy!
70mm f/11 1/80 sec. ISO-100
14mm f/11 1/25 sec. ISO-100