Thursday, July 12, 2012

SAC: Sunset behind the Snaefellsjokull volcano

There was a gorgeous sunset behind the impressive cone of Snaefellsjokull, the extinct (or at least dormant since 200 AD) volcano that was the setting for Jules Verne's A Journey to the Centre of the Earth.

Unfortunately that was followed by a rather bumpy night with 25 - 30 knots of wind, gusting a bit higher. However it wasn't dark that long and the sun soon re-appeared

Reykjavik seemed very close, though as Tristan pointed out it was still as far as a channel crossing from the Solent to Cherbourg.

We kept on sailing, as tight to windward as we could trim the sails.

Updated: Oops, originally mistook the photo to be sunrise when actually sunset - an easy mistake at that latitude, but now corrected.


Tillerman said...

This is rapidly becoming one of the best ever reports of a sailing adventure on the planet. Keep it coming!

PS I think I lost my keys once behind the back of the snafflejockle.

JP said...

Wow, thanks!

ps alas we forgot to sail up the Snafflejockle as it wasn't on the chart even as uncharted. Next time!

-kristjan said...

I believe Snæfellsjökull is still volcanically and seismically active.

Very fine view from summit where it is believed elves are often seen.

Beautiful image - enjoying following your trip.

JP said...

Kristjan - thanks, I've updated the text about the volcano being extinct.

I wish Tristan and I had had time to climb Snaefellsjokull while we were there - we even had our walking boots with us.