Its been a while since I updated my blog, so I'll start where I left of! After a wintery and tiring landscape photography trip around The Blackmount, normal service resumed with mild temperatures stripping the snow back and a return to black! A free Saturday and a short outing was all that could be fitted in amongst other duties, so we headed for a pad up Schiehallion.
A night at the local pub (drinking pints of Schiehallon coincidently!) saw a late start and we left to head for the hills at 9am.
Due to the late start we were looking for a relatively easy hike and eventually set our sights on Schiehallion. The weather was dank and murky and we weren’t really sure whether the conditions would remain or if we could possible walk through the cloud. A cold frosty start had us striding up the well maintained path to keep warm! The ice was coating the heather and the fog closed in around us. But as with all days that turn out like this, we started to notice a slight shifting in the light and before we knew it we had a ceiling of blue and a floor of grey;). It was a grand inversion and the views just got better and better. The Glories shone down over the shadow of Schiehallion and we spent the next 40 minutes picking out peaks from the Cairngorms to Wyvic, Lochaber and beyond. The clarity was superb! To top it off , when we reached the summit, we had it to ourselves. One other joined us and it was lovely solitude for about half an hour. Eventually we left and headed back down, enjoying the views ahead. Home for 14.30 it was a fine outing.
As you probably saw from the video, the weather was great but the lack of snow cover was rather alarming! So drastic action was taken and we popped on a plane and headed to Iceland (ok it was booked for months but hey ho!). As we touched down the majority of the Iceland was covered in a blanket of snow and more importantly the skies were clear! We immediately headed out a few hours after landing and went Aurora Hunting! t worked a treat and we got a nice show- first item ticked off the list!
Next up was the Golden Circle. The following day saw us head to the Geysers an the very impressive waterfalls just beyond (Gullfoss I think), a definite visit location if going to Iceland... The snow was deep and driving tricky but the effort was worth it to see the falls...
The adventure continued as we headed to the Silfra Fissure nd a spot of Erm SNORKELLING!! I would lie if I said it was warn, but the waters were crystal clear and it was a bloomin fantastic experience! To warm up we headed to the Blue Lagoon for a night time dook.... Fantastic. Too soon ad it was time to return and Iceland gave u one final surprise- a final show of Northern Lights en route home - finishing off the way we had started! superb..... short film below...
Some thoughts and reports from my outdoors activties...