Day 4 – Fjaðrárgljúfur Canyon, Svínafellsjökull Glacier

Tried accessing the lower part of the canyon but the level of the water was way past knee level. So we just decided to fly the drone from the bridge we shot the northern lights from last night.

We met a lady and her father. She is also based in Dubai. Her dad is a landscape photographer and takes part in many international photography competitions. He usually does not get time to go out and shoot because his wife has been diagnosed with MS and he takes care of her. So as a Christmas gift she gifted this trip to her dad.


So we took off into the canyon. It was really windy in the canyon. The second time I flew was to test the Facebook Live feature in the Phantom 4. It worked and I almost crashed my drone into the canyon walls.

You can view the video here.

We then drove to the nearby town to have a brunch. The meal was amazing. It was a good meal after days.

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img_0953Back to the canyon, we hiked the trail all the way. The canyon is 2km long ad 100m deep. Most of the edges of the cliffs that go into the canyon were closed with a fence. But we couldn’t resist getting the shot looking into the canyon. And so we went across the fence. It was a pretty good view of the canyon. And again it started to drizzle. The rains are making it hard for us to get good photos.

It was almost 5pm and we had only covered one destination so far. The initial plan was to visit both the canyon and Svartifoss today. But that didn’t happen. On our way to the campsite of Svartifoss, we visited the Svínafellsjökull Glacier. The drone footage we got from there was stunning. We are looking forward to the what the glacier lagoon would be like.

We then headed back to the campsite. Plan was to fix the tent rods that broke due to the wind and then set it up. Also make something to eat and sleep. But we were all so tired that we just parked the car and fell asleep.

That night the visibility of the northern lights was 48%, but none of us woke up to check.

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