Dyrholaey Promontory Story
Upon arriving in Reykjavik, we drove 3 hours to our first base near Vik along the southern coast. We discovered three things that guided us for the rest of the trip. 1) The two lane national ring road is either hilly, mountainous or very mountainous. If exploring off that road, 4x4 drive is essential for driving on either improved gravel roads up through mountain passes, or sometimes just rutted, muddy tracks. And sometimes the two-lane becomes a one lane bridge. 2) The weather forecast is a "suggestion" and changes constantly. So, 3) we developed a pact that we would shoot every sunset or sunrise if the sun was out and use the middle part of the day to chill out after rising early, and be tourists while exploring for unplanned shoot opportunities, If it was cold and rainy, don our rain gear and take advantage of whatever you safely can. For the 10 days, I had planned 5 base locations with a total of 32 sites for possible art shooting, or tourist enjoyment. The major sites were not more than a 30 minute drive of any of our bases. By the end of the trip, we had visited 90% of the planned sites, and 10 unplanned ones while creating art in 24 locations.
It was sunny when we arrived in Vik. We headed to Dyrholaey Promontory for a sunset shoot where you can view the black sand beach coastline and 360 degrees for 20 miles. The drive to the top was a little scary. Only two switch backs, but mostly 45 degrees straight up like a rocket ship blasting off. It was a little crowded, but most people were intent on getting their Instagram pictures of the coast line from a specific location. Ever creative, Anastasia assembled a Grecian dress from some fabric, and we headed to a different part of the mountain top away from the crowd. We quickly discovered two things 1) Her love of climbing and heights, and 2) My fear of heights. As she perched herself near the cliff's edge to pose, she got intense delight in watching me crawl on my hands and knees to get closer to her to get better images. The more the sun went down, the crowd lessened and we were pretty free to shoot. Basking in the golden glow of the setting sun, we danced with the light (ok, I crawled) to capture these incredibly beautiful images. The trip was off to a good start. You could start to feel the epic possibilities to come.