Iceland owes its rugged landscape to volcanic origin, dark and bitter cold winters on the Arctic Circle and deforestation by the Vikings. There are a few equally rugged farmers and fishermen who live in rustic isolation. It’s hard to imagine this life in the summer, not to mention the winter.
It was a day multiple blessings and just one First World Problem. First, here are the blessings:
- We were on vacation in Iceland.
- The weather was sunny and warm (not typical).
- In Akureyri, we were going on a RIB (rubber inflatable boat) to observe whales in the fjord.
- Humpback whales feed in the Icelandic fjords in July.
- We had an experienced pilot and guide who have identified 150 humpback whales by name and understand a great deal about them.
- I kept my Sony a7IIr camera dry, and did not lose my sunglasses as we sped around the fjord.
So, what was the First World Problem? We got so close to Jackson the humpback whale that I couldn’t get the whole whale in my frame! I caught myself exclaiming, “Oh my, we’re too close!” and heard a voice reply, “too close?”
Well, you see, I wasn’t really complaining. I was amazed. Thrilled. Grateful.
My husband was not behind a camera, and just watched the whale, seeing his eye.