Walking along Kaldbakfjordur and falling into a river!

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View of the village from the north.....don't you want to live here!?

After having such a wonderful but, draining day, I slept in a bit but, not too much. I was up and out by 9:30. I packed a lunch for my trip, a picnic along Kaldbakfjordur with many waterfalls in the background. I wanted to catch the 10:00 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.

The waterfall that runs through town....too cool!
It was windy but, not so windy by Foroyar standards. There was fog but only at the upper parts of the mountain. There was nothing to complain about.

 

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 village of Hosvik.

Church bell
Now, people over use the word, village but, here in Foroyar, other than a hand full of cities, the word definitely applies.

 

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.

A little waterfall in Hosvik. This is the one that I fell into!!!
It was built in 1929. I can just imagine, what a wonderful thing it must be for such a small village to come together for worship.

 

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.

Close up of goose that was enjoying the view of his waterfall.
If I can find a way that is mostly safe and slightly possible (we’ll leave out legal), I’ll do it.

 

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.

A row of fishing houses on the fjord, across the road from the village
Anyway, I even took a little video of the falls and the duck…it was cute.

 

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!

 

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He was just sitting there quitely…
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Water falling over the basalt
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Passing through the village
Fishing houses along the fjord
Fishing houses along the fjord
Welcome to Hosvik!
Welcome to Hosvik!
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Close up of Village's southern wa…
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Just south of town....another wat…
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Close up of upper section of wate…
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Hosvik, and it's marina and anoth…
Hosvik
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