Iceland in 16 Days: Day 4, Folaldafoss við Öxi (Foal Waterfall)

Feature Image Details:Canon 24-105MM F4 L lens at 47MM, ISO 100, f/14, for 1.6 seconds.

We spent our third night in Hofn after a glorious sunset/sunrise combo at the Jökulsárlón Glacial Lagoon.

It’s difficult to  perfectly describe what constitutes “day”. Nearly all the successful images in this trip were taken between 10:00PM and 3:00AM.

We checked into a hotel in Hofn, then ended up driving back to Jökulsárlón because one day simply was not enough at that spectacular location.

In my Iceland Guide I stated that I would have changed out Itinerary to spend another day at Jökulsárlón.

When we arrived back at Hofn, we found the door to the hotel locked. I searched around a bit for images to shoot but the skies had completely greyed up. We went back to the hotel hoping the door would be open, to no avail.

We fell asleep in the car at about 4:00AM in the morning. At 9:00AM there was a banging on door and an announcement “Sir, this is private property, you have to leave now.” I showed him our key, and the red-faced attendant apologized profusely. It turns out the attendant was cleaning as he thought everyone had checked in.

He let us in, gave us a free breakfast, a free room, and let us sleep until noon. We were off to our next stop, Seydisfjordur, a scenic fishing village in the East Fjords.

We had a choice of routes, along the coast or through the interior. We selected the interior because it faster. On the way, we stopped to photograph Folaldafoss við Öxi (Foal Waterfall).

Image Details: Canon 24-105 MM L lens at 73MM, ISO 160, f/16, for 1/10 seconds.

The second shot was taken from the road. You can get a much better image scrambling down the hill (it was not difficult or dangerous), to the base of the waterfall. The sky was grey and from below it took a while to find a vantage point with no sky in it.

I used a B+W Circular Polarizer on the feature image.

In bright light, polarizers will not be strong enough to smooth out running water. A set of neutral density filters is useful to have. I now carry a set of B&W ND Filters of strength 3.0 (10 stops), 1.8 (6 stops), and 0.6 (2 stops).

For comparison purposes, please see the image of Skógafoss in Iceland in 16 Days: Day 1-2 South Region, Skógafoss Waterfall, Reyniskirkja Church, Vik Church.

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Mike “Mish” Shedlock