Walking along Kaldbakfjordur and falling into a river!
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After having such a wonderful but, draining day, I slept in a bit but, not too much. I was up and out by . I packed a lunch for my trip, a picnic along Kaldbakfjordur with many waterfalls in the background. I wanted to catch the bus to Klaksvik. I planned to visit several of the villages that I had passed on the way to Klaksvik.
When I got on the bus and the driver asked me “where to?”, I just replied “I will let you know when we get there”. He was ok with that. I explained that I wanted to be dropped of at the furthest village and then hike between them and grab a bus back from the last village.
It was cloudy out but no rain, yet.
We traveled along the Kaldbakfjordur. I was excited that I would be to enjoy it slowly, not at the pace of a bus ride. We passed the village (Hvalvik) that I planned to return from. We kept going, and going. We passed another village but, this still wasn’t it. I was really starting to worry about my intentions when we finally made it to Hosvik. I really was going to be hiking. It was several miles passed Hvalvik. The really was no problem, I just had to adjust my expectations and make sure that I thought I could be in Hosvik and have time to see it before my return bus would arrive. I thought I could do it so, I asked to get off.
The driver wished me well and I was in the
Hosvik is a most beautiful village on the fjord, a mountain backdrop and a large waterfall running through the city. Across the fjord are more breathtaking mountains and waterfalls, too. How about that for a place to live? From a natural beauty perspective, it’s hard to beat.
It has less than 300 people but, to tell you the truth, I don’t see how 300 would fit in so few houses.
I was able to get some wonderful shots of the waterfall and from a distance I could get another two that were on either side of the village.
There is simple church that sits front and center.
I walked to a bridge that spans one of the waterfall’s rivers. This one runs along the north end of town. It wasn’t a big one but, the view was spectacular. I noticed that in a very unusual and I would think difficult spot to reach, a duck was on a rock to the left side of the walls. Now, the walls are down a, maybe 15 ft, crevice. I noticed that there were little stairs on the right side of the bridge. I had to go!
I climbed down the stairs and the view was much better, obviously! It was really wonderful; it was my waterfall for that moment. Well, mine and the duck. I was fine to share it with him or her.
As I always do, I want the great shot.
I saw a ledge along the side that I was on. I was well worn so, someone had been able to get closer, so could I. When I got to the end of the ledge, I still couldn’t get the shot that I wanted. So, I started climbing out onto the rocks….wouldn’t you? I made it to the middle of the river, safely. I took a few shots. I decided that a little bit closer would be great. I then took a step and slipped sending my feet into the river and my knee hitting the rock that I intended on standing on. I quickly recovered and got out of the water and to the bank. My camera and backpack were fine but, I was soaked from the waist down. My shoes were filled with water. I took them off and got the water out but, everything was still wet. What was I to do……just go on, right. I would live.
So, I went back out onto that rock and took my power back, haha.
I climbed back out and onto the bridge. I walked back to the highway and went north a bit to see the amazing village and mountains in more of a panorama. There was a row of fishing houses that were so interesting from a color and composition standpoint that I might think that an artist was consulted.
A few more waterfall shots, too many are never enough, and I started walking south along the fjord. Not even out of the sight of the town and two more waterfalls were distracting me. There are so many different structures to them. I love the architectural differences. They create the most amazing shapes, colors, and textures.
I did move on!