Fire and Ice

Today’s adventure took us to the Lake Mývatn area in northern Iceland. With Geothermal a huge power source for Icelanders it was interesting to see one of their geothermal plants as we drove up to visit the Viti Crater.  The crater used to be a volcano that blew its top. In summer there is a beautiful blue pool of water at its centre; in winter…you get snow.

Viti Crater

Viti Crater

It took 5 shots to photograph this crater – it is immense. Waking its edge makes you feel like a small ant trudging its way around an enormous landscape.

Back down the the mountain and across the ring road lies Namafjall Hverir. Here one can experience the joy of hot stinky steam vents and 80º – 100ºC sulphur pools. Yup, it’s that toasty. I felt as though I was on a different planet walking around this area.

Namafjall Hverir

Namafjall Hverir

This place was so different than anything we had seen so far. I didn’t know what to photograph first. Using my ultra wide angle I got low for this shot to really showcase the sulphur pool at my feet and still get a sense of place and the vents at the back of the scene. What an unbelievable place!

On the southern end of the lake lies a bunch of pseudo craters. These volcano-like shapes are created when hot lava crosses water causing an explosion of steam. This explosion creates the craters we see below.

Pseudo Craters

Pseudo Craters

When seen from the sky you can almost envision bursting bubbles caught at a specific moment in time. Nature is pretty amazing when she creates.

Our last stop in the Lake Mývatn area was Dimmuborgir, a lava field full of giant pillars, chimneys and tubes. Taking one of the longer hiking trails through the park we experienced these amazing lava formations up close and personal. Sometimes walking on a path and other times scrambling over the rocks themselves.

Lava Home

Lava Home

A surreal experience to end a day of weird and wondrous places.

 

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