Photographer's Note

Here is the nice Hjálparfoss waterfall in the Vikrar lava field in the north of Hekla volcano. What makes this waterfall beautiful is the basin they fall into, surrounder by basalt colums. In the foreground you can see blue lupines. Just a few metres downstream is the Búrfellsstöð hydroelectric power station, one of the most important of Iceland. As you can see I had poor light when I took this picture. The weather was awful that day. We had rain, sometimes heavy rain, at Gullfoss waterfall and Geysir geothermal site and we just had a few dry minutes at this Hjálparfoss waterfall. Then the rain started again ...

When you visit countries like Iceland which are interesting because of their landscape, the bad weather can turns your day into a very bad day since you can't do anything ... But we had a nice surprise that day, the one you have only by chance. Because of the rain we were looking for a dry place to eat our picnic. But desptite the contacts of our guide, we couldn't find any place to eat. But we finally found one, as we were passing by the small village of Flúðir. The place was ... an ethiopian restaurant ! Yes, an ethiopian restaurant, the only one in Iceland, in a small lost village of Iceland ! There was nobody in the restaurant and the woman agreed to welcome us provided that we had a coffee in her restaurant. As she was making the coffee a traditional way, roasting the coffee beans on site, she told us her story, how she arrived in Reykjavik to meet her sister, how she found love in Iceland, how she settled in this small village of Flúðir to live with her husband and how difficult it was to integrate. She was a very touching woman and this was one of the most surprisong moment of our trip in Iceland !

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Additional Photos by Olivier THIERRY (chawax) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1362 W: 21 N: 3240] (20760)
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