The road to Myvatn
Today was a big day with lots of stuff to explore. We started off at Krafla, which is an active volcano region (yes,we live for danger).
The mountain is full of steam vents, bubbling mud pools and old lava chunks. You can look down from the top and see the extensive black lava fields from when Krafla erupted. It really feels like being on the moon walking around here.
Iceland or the moon?
Amazing colour and texture of lava
On the way back we went to the Krafla Power Station. They had a small visitor centre which was actually very interesting and explained how the station worked. Icelanders generate 99% of their electricity using renewable resources (something we can learn from).
Next was Hverir – an area filled with angry steam vents, fumaroles and bubbling mud pools (sounds like Australian politicians!). A gust of that lovely sulphurous steam leaves you gagging but a really fascinating area that leaves you thinking about what is happening in the earth underneath our feet!
We then drove to Hverfell – a massive crater that is 2,500 years old resulting from an eruption. Lots of scrambling up the loose gravel trail to the top. It is hard to show the scale in photos but this would have been one mighty big explosion.
Our last stop before dinner was an area called Dimmuborgir (translates to ‘The Dark Castles’). This is an extensive lava field full of lava pillars and crags. We took the ‘difficult trail’ – that is not the nice wide tourist trails but one that involved a small amount of climbing and clambering – and were rewarded with some interesting views. As well we needed to walk off the sizeable hot chocolate we consumed in the very respectable Dimmuborgir Cafe.
Pose done at request of photographer – suggesting something about my big mouth as compared to large hole in rock???
After dinner we headed up to the Myvatn Nature Baths. A gorgeous blue and mineral rich water – and steaming hot indeed! – It is said that the water is good for aching limbs, even arthritis. we spent over an hour just floating about and watching the sun slowly set (although it never really sets here – it’s nearly 24hr daylight).