Day 2 - Part 1 - The One with the Waterfall(s) 

After being up for 36+ hours and only 2 hours of sleep the previous days, we both fell asleep in record time. Iceland is 5 hours ahead of Chicago right now, and by no means is it the worst jet lag I've ever endured, but we did wake up rather early this morning. The day started off a bit cloudy and overcast, but it started to clear up as the morning progressed.

Thankfully it did, as we headed towards Dettifoss to check out what and Icelandic waterfall looks like. We were not disappointed! Dettifoss and Selfoss (Detti's much more chill cousin) are waterfalls along the Jökulsá á Fjöllum river, which is water that flows from the Vatnajökull glacier. On the way there we didn't see too much traffic (though we did see a larger number of hitchhikers.. apparently that's normal), so I thought it would be pretty dead there. When we finally made it the parking lot was pretty full and I was worried I might have to throw some elbows to get into some good photo spots. Thankfully the area is pretty large and everyone was spread out between a number of locations, so not much in the way of photographer traffic. I even managed to get out the tripod and Big Stopper at one point when shooting Dettifoss.

Jessica, impressed with the quantity of rocks.
Dettifoss via 17-40L and Big Stopper

I'm using two backpacks on this trip. The 'mothership' is the ThinkTank Streetwalker Harddrive, which is storing everything, including laptop (the 31 lbs mentioned previously all goes in this guy), and then a Ruggard Triumph 35 sling bag for the day trips. I'm still learning the ropes of the two bag system, and I completely forgot to move the extra batteries into my day trip bag. Luckily the batteries died just as we were walking back to the car and I was playing around with the Sony 90mm macro. I managed to get a few shots of some interesting plants before it hit 0%.